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The Secret Garden (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
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This is a beautiful book on growing up!
The Secret Garden definitely has an air of magic about it. Dickon is a local boy, Martha's sister, and he basically communicates with the animals; he has a wild moor pony that he's tamed, as well as a fox cub that he rescued, two squirrels, and a crow. I think for every child, there's a fascination with animals and particularly being able to communicate with them. I would so love to have a crow, fox, or squirrel. And of course, the garden itself is cloaked in mystery; a secret place where the children can play together.
Dickon might just be my favorite character. He's really gentle and kind, and really, who wouldn't want to have a way with animals like he does? He and Martha are two of the people who change Mary from a spoiled brat into a lovely child. I like Martha and Mary too.
The writing in The Secret Garden is matter-of-fact and easy to read. It is certainly not overwritten, and is really cheering at times (much like Little Women.) I'm definitely glad that I chose to reread it, and probably will again. I really love this one.
All of my reviews can be read at my blog, novareviews.blogspot.com.
others and a love of making plants grow.