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The Secret Garden Paperback – December 10, 2012
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Although her uncle's manor is not an ideal place for childrearing, she does begin to open up to the cheerful young household maid Martha Sowerby and starts to thrive when she discovers a secret garden which has been locked up as it had a connection to her aunt's tragic death and meets Martha's wonderful 12 year old brother Dickon, who seems to have an almost Druidic connection to flora and fauna and becomes a best friend with whom she falls in love, although she's still too young to identify and process those emotions yet.
The garden is not the manor's only secret, however, and soon enough Mary learns of the existence of her cousin Colin, a boy about her own age who's been reduced to such a state of hypochondria that he believes he is going to die and his leg muscles have atrophied from disuse. On the way to mending herself, Mary resolves to also save her cousin and uncle with Dickon and the Secret Garden's help.
There is ample use of metaphors - the most prominent being the state of the garden corresponding to the mental and physical health of Mary and her two relatives and Dickon practically being an embodiment of the healing properties of nature in general and the Yorkshire Moors in particular - that may go over younger readers heads. But it is also very much a wonderful children's story about the power of kindness, friendship, love and nature through the lens of a very specific life-altering period in a young girl's life.
A must read for anyone who liked Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - and vice versa.
I loved this book! Mary is a girl that has to live with her uncle after a cholera outbreak in India and discovers the mystery of a garden that no one opened in 10 years!
A moor boy named Dickon, teaches Mary about nature! Now Mary wants to go in the garden every day!
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I really loved reading this book. I bought a copy last year and finally read it recently. The story is amazing and gets better as you keep reading the book.Published on May 6, 2013 by sunflower 2
I think the book is far from being well-written: poor style, long descriptions about nothing and suspense when nothing is going to happen. The story is pretty lame and boring. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by miki81
This book is one of the few from this era that I actually enjoy. It is about Mary Lennox, a girl living in India during England's reign of it. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Peety R. Arblaster