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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
ISBN-13: 9780553212013
ISBN-10: 055321201X
Publication Date: 2/1/1987
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
I have seen plays of the Secret Garden but never gotten around to reading the actual book. I was excited to finally, finally get around to reading this. It was a sweet and well written book that is engaging and leaves the reader feeling happy and hopeful.

Mary Lennox is a spoiled and sickly child whose family died from sickness in India. Mary is suddenly transported to the cold and grey mansion of Misselthwaite Manor, to live with an Uncle she never sees and never hears anything about. Mary is mostly on her own and decides to hunt down the rumored garden that has been hidden for years. In her adventures, both inside and out, Mary hears the cries of a child and begins to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Misselthwaite Manor. Along the way Mary gains both her health and a much less sour personality.

This was a well done and engaging historical fiction classic. This book was easy to read with some light humor and many heartfelt scenes. It's one of those classics that really stands the test of time (I know cliche' but true). It was surprisingly easy to read and very engaging.

The whole premise is about the transformation of two sour and sickly children into healthy happy kids; the secret garden that they find and work in is the main cause of their transformation. There are a ton of wonderful and quirky characters in here. There is some mystery as well.

This is a very feel good book. You can't help but smile as these kids learn the pleasures of making something on their own and learning how to live and have friends. This is one of the books that just makes you smile and feel good.

Overall a very well done historical fiction that leaves the reader feeling happy and hopeful. The book is an easy and engaging read that really stands the test of time. I ended up enjoying it a lot and am glad to have read it. It's a great book about growing up and friendship that I would recommend everyone read it at least once.
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A beautiful story of love and frienship -- this is my favorite childhood story of all time. It's a great joy to reread it every now and then. I definetely recommend to any story lover!
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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.
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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.
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One of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature as 2 children strive to make the secret garden bloom once more. It is a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured-a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhoo.d
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A great book for kids and some of us adults who are in the mood for a happy ending. If you are a gardener or nature lover, bonus secret garden in springtime action. I don't know how I missed this one as a child -- better late than never.
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This is a classic tale of a self-absorbed little girl learning to love and be loved.
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I personally own a copy of the movie that was made from this book and loved watching it with my daughters. I love the book even more.
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A favorite to many! Mary was only ten when her parents died. She winds up moving to her Uncle's HUGE OLD home and her life takes many interesting turns!
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childrens fiction a wonderful imaginative classic
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A classic of course!
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This is such a wonderful story of healing both physically and emotionally. I love the comparisons of the garden growing and renewing as the children also improve in every way.
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I've read it at least 10 times, and it's great every single time I revisit Mary and Dickon's time in the garden. Much better than the movie!
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This is truly a delightful book that I read as a child many years ago, and occasionally since. This tells how the finding and sharing of the secret garden would heal many parts of the two children who shared it.
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Classic story of a young girl alone in the world. Always a great story no matter how many times I have read it.
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Delightful! No more tape players at our house, so enjoy!
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great book ! Every child should have a cpy of this book!!!
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Characters in this book will keep you interseted through every page of this book. Great for reading to younger girls, it will be greatly enjoyed!
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Orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live with her uncle on Yorkshire moors. She has nothing to do and no one to play with. The great empty house is full of secrets including a distant crying voice she hears but no one will explain. A friendly Robin showes her the way to a secret garden which has been abandoned and forgotten. Slowly the secrets at Misselthwaite Manor begin to unfold as Mary brings the garden back to life.

This is a great version for the car when you are running errands or taking a road trip. Children will request it over and over again! Total playing time one (1) hour. Abridged version.
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Wonderful illustrations and great story-telling make this a treat for readers of any age!
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wonderful story, should be read aloud to every child, any age.
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Classic.
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Terror on the Seas!
A deadly sea monster, as long as aafootball field, is ramming and sinking ship. Is it a monster squid- or an enormous-horned sea unicorn? No one knows for sure.
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The classic. Must read for most schools. Turns out to be an interesting story in itself worthy of 2 movies. Follow Buck on his quest for happiness.
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One minute you are on a peaceful holiday, on a ferry crossing San Francisco Bay. Then there is a crash in the fog--a daring rescue--and you wake up waterlogged on the deck of a schooner under full sale. "Turn around and take me back to land !" you say. "I'll make it worth your while." The Captain of the Sea Wolf just laughs. "We're on our way to the arctic to kill seals," he says. "And I'm short one man." He points at a corpse on the deck. He throws you some rags. And puts you to work. And you are about to find out what it's like to be a slave to the cruelest master on the high seas...
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I ordered this book to read to my daughter as my mother did..a timeless classic on its 100 year anniversary. Hopefully my daughter will share with her children.
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This is a great book. It took me back to my childhood.
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Girl finds secret garden near her uncle's house
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I would read this book over and over again. It's a book that never grows old.
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A classic children's book. Wonderful.
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A classic loved by all girls and many boys. Reading level ages 8-12.
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wonderful tale of a child's desire for a family's love and the garden that makes it happen
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I love this book--the characters are engaging and lots of fun. Every time I read it I am inspired to go start a garden of my own. The emphasis on Magic being what makes the garden grow and the children get stronger is a little questionable, but it depends on how you interpret it.
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One of my favorite Childhood books. I love Burnett's stories!
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great read.
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awsome read my children and I could not put it down!
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This is a read-aloud-with-children book, and an enjoyable classic. It blesses the reader and renews the spirit for growth and a deeply beautiful view of God's redeeming power and kindness.
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Beautiful book, abridged and adapted for young readers.
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Orphan moves in with uncle and a fascinating tale unfolds...a must read.
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A lovely, timeless story of healing and friendship. Recommended!
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A classic for sure
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An absolute classic, and favorite of mine growing up. I hope this is required reading in schools, because it is truly enjoyable and has stayed with me for years. Must read.
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Fabulous book.
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Mary Lennox needs some magic in her life. Her parents have died in a faraway land, and Mary has been taken to a strange and mysterious mansion to live with her distant uncle. She has no friends and no happiness...unti she finds the key to a wonderful secret garden. Now Mary will discover that miracles can happen...and that magic is real.
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A wonderful book!!
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This classic is great for kids of all ages.
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A great classic!
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THE SECRET GARDEN has always been one of my favorite books. It was one of my favorites when I read it as a child, and it has remained one of my favorites despite many re-readings! Mary Lennox is "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." That's how the story starts. Mary is an orphan sent to live in the gloomy mansion of her uncle. Somehow, in the middle of loneliness she discovers joy in the new life in the Secret Garden. Mary, Colin, her spoiled, invalid cousin, and Dickon, the materially poor, but spiritually rich local boy become children you want to keep observing as they grow to adulthood. That's not possible in this book, but you wish it was!
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I found this book as I was going through bins of my childhood things. Its been years since Ive read my copy, and I couldnt wait to relive the magic I felt while reading it as a child.

The story follows a recently orphaned child, Mary Lennox, from her home in India to her uncles home in England, Mistlewaith Manor. She is left in the care of her uncles servants, her time occupied by playing by herself in the gardens of the manor.

Mary becomes enchanted by the mystery of the secret garden, and with the help of a few friends, she eventually finds herself at home at Mistlewaith Manor.
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My all-time favorite classic. The writing will make the garden come to life in your own mind. Beautiful story about growing up.
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I read this years ago as a child and it was one of my favorite stories. Even as an adult, I still love reading it!
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A great classic! Experience the joys of childhood imagination and the overcoming of physical trials. It's a great book for kids and adults! Great condition.
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Loved this book when I was a young girl. A must read for a young girl.
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A classic children's book. Some might be thrown off at the pace, but if you make it through this book, you'll be pleased with the outcome.
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A classic.
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Wonderful!
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When orphaned Mary Lennoz, lonley and sad, comes to live at her uncle's big house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Outside, she meets Dickson, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers hte most mysterious wonder of all-a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?
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Wonderful book.
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One of my childhood favorites! A lonely little girl realizes she is loved and learns to love others. Wonderfully imaginative!
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Childrens classic that I have read quite a few times in my life. Each time I get something new out of the book. Lots of insight into human nature.
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The classic story
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I read this book a few years ago and when I saw that it was available on PBS I just had to have my own copy. I love this little story.
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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.
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"Brutalized by man's crule greed, a dog must seek his savage legacy"
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A wonderful story! So sweet.
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I first read this book when I was about 9 years old. I now have read it again at 32 and it is just as good as it was the first time I read it.

The book starts out introducing Mary Lennox who has been raised in India receiving all she wants but not having special parental care. When plague breaks out in India, she who was always thought of as weak survives and is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England.

Mary starts to learn about herself and the selfishness she lived out daily. She starts to explore the land around her in her boredom and learns about a garden that has been kept hidden away for ten years. She wants to find the key so she can enter it. In the process she also learns about Dickon, a boy who can charm animals and Colin, her cousin who is as selfish as she was.

I really love this story and it remains a favorite of mine after all these years.
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Great story for all ages. Classic!
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A lovely sweet book. About a child and with innocent themes, but probably not a children's book.
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When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle\'s great house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Outside, she meets Dickon, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers the most mysterious wonder of all--a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the graden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?
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Mary is an unhappy orphan. will her lofe get better?
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I liked it when I was a kid
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Beautiful hardcover version with illustrated plates throughout.
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This ISBN 1559029838 is not Huckleberry Finn but is a book titled THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by STEPHEN CRANE
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tasha tudor illustrations!
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This is a great one for kids. I read it to my girls and they loved it.
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What a wonderful classic.
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When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire moors, she finds it full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. Ourside, she meets Dickon, a magical boy who can charm and talk to animals. Then, one day, with the help of a friendly robin, Mary discovers the most mysterious wonder of all...a secret garden, walled and locked, which has been completely forgotten for years and years. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life.
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Very good, classic book. Pages in tp shape. Some wear on cover with small tear on lower right corner of cover.
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A classic tale of adventure by Jack London.This book remains timeless.
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I heard the book was good, but I saw the movie first, so it threw me off.
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Good book
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This has a different(sweeter)cover and is illustrated by Tasha Tudor. It is light green with a rose border and has a picture of Mary opening the garden gate. Very good condition!
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Classic story...sorry, no charm
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Excellent!