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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
ISBN: 4130
Edition: Unabridged
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Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
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!
ophelia99 avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 2527 more book reviews
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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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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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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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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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reviewed The Secret Garden on + 37 more book reviews
A classic for sure
short-angry14 avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 79 more book reviews
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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A wonderful book!!
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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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Great book to read aloud or to yourself!
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Mary must move to a huge estate and meet the master with a crooked back and his ailing son, Colin. She also must join the unit of the family help. She becomes friends with Dickon, and together they search for the secret garden on the grounds. In the process, they become great friends, and help Colin become willing to live and live well.
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A great classic!
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This classic is great for kids of all ages.
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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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Loved this book when I was a young girl. A must read for a young girl.
laceylosh avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 53 more book reviews
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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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.
MyLikeIt avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 450 more book reviews
A lovely, timeless story of healing and friendship. Recommended!
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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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A classic.
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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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Soft cover and short version based on the movie, not the book, but good read, lots of pictures.
Breninithaca avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 376 more book reviews
A picture book version of the children's classic, with photo illustrations from the 1990s movie starring Kate Maberly.
bookwormama avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 42 more book reviews
Mary is a lonely girl with no friends. Colin is a sick boy who can't get out of bed. But everything changes when they find each other and the magic of the Secret Garden!
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Adapted - not original text
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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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The classic story
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great book ! Every child should have a cpy of this book!!!
abbykt avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 113 more book reviews
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!
TigerLily2004 avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 33 more book reviews
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!
fancier avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 17 more book reviews
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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This is the Illustrated Classics Version.
grammyteach avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 192 more book reviews
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.
Suzgot2 avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 82 more book reviews
One of my favorite Childhood books. I love Burnett's stories!
hotbananamuffin avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 4 more book reviews
Classic.
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A classic loved by all girls and many boys. Reading level ages 8-12.
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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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Girl finds secret garden near her uncle's house
laurelb avatar reviewed The Secret Garden on + 2 more book reviews
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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One of my favorite childhood books.
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Wasn't very impressed by the narrator's reading. Sounded like a grade school teacher, not very skilled at reading aloud. (IE- everything was in one monotonish voice, only a few times did she vary to show accent or expression)
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A wonderful abridged version of "The Secret Garden"! Wonderful for kids!
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A great classic!


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