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The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 6, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
I think this is a wonderful book for any young child to read. The characters are good and the story is so beautiful.
It's the story of Mary Lennox, who grew up in India, extremely spoiled by the servants, whose only job was to keep her quiet and out of the way of her parents. After her parents die she's sent to live with her uncle in England, a crotchety old man mourning the loss of his wife, who also wants nothing to do with her. Lonely, spoiled Mary explores the manor and the garden, finding all sorts of hidden secrets as well as her own happiness.
A must-read for children and adults. It's the kind of story that just makes you feel warm and comfortable inside.
In case you are unfamiliar with the story, it is the tale of a peevish, spoiled and sullen orphan girl, MARY LENOX, who comes to live in the home of her mysterious and emotionally distant uncle. She meets her sickly cousin, Colin, a young boy, hidden away from the world and convinced he is dying. Hidden behind a huge stone wall is a Secret Garden which is discovered by the girl,Mary; a garden as neglected and in need of care as these two children. As they bring the garden back to life, they bring themselves back to life as well, discovering joy and friendship in an enchanting and wonderful way. It really is a classic.
The characters are wonderful, especially Mary, Colin, Ben Weatherstaff and the "Yorkshire angel" Dickon. The changes that happen to both Mary and Colin throughout the book are a delight to observe.
I feel protected and happy once I've finished this book, things turn out happily, for the best and the image I have in my head of the Secret Garden surpasses anything I have ever seen in real life - and that is fine, for this is literature.
Why anyone would abridge a classic is beyond me. It's not like the abridgers took the story and made it into a picture book for three year olds. They just abridged the text.
This will be going back. I am very disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, when I checked this book's stats out on Goodreads, I saw a long line of 5 star rankings from friends of mine. They are all really good friends, whose reviews I love. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paula Vince
Great story about 3 kids who grow together in their secret garden which turns out to be magical for them. And the others they touch!!Published 1 day ago by CareBear
Read this when I was a girl. I remembered liking it, but had forgotten everything about it. Easy to read, flowing story and a terrific story. Power of mind over matter.Published 2 days ago by C. Wright
Beautiful, moving story. One of my all time favorite books. Read it as a child. Wanted to read it again.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
A classic that is always a great story to revisit. Like 'A Little Princess', it is the type of story you reread to escape the emails, the texts, the news and return to your... Read morePublished 3 days ago by k_m