The Secret Garden Author:Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Illustrator) 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 di... more »scovers 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?« less
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)