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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Wordsworth Edition
ISBN: 978-1-85326-104-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: Mary Lennox was horrid. Selfish and spoilt, she was sent to stay with her hunchback uncle in Yorkshire. She hated it.

But when she finds the way into a secret garden and begins to tend it, a change comes over her and her life. She meets and befriends a local boy, the talented Dickon, and comes across her sickly cousin Colin who had been kept hidden from her. Between them, the three children work astonishing magic in themselves and those around them.


Mini Book Review: I was disappointed when I first started the book as I heard so many fabulous things about this classic.  I almost gave up after about 30 pages as it was hard to read about a child who was just utterly unlikeable (and yes I can see how she bacame that way) But than something happened about 45 pages in I started falling in love with her and wanted to know more.  Such a charming, beautiful story and I now know why so many people list this as one of their favorite stories.  Since I have to get 3 reviews done by New Years Eve (Tomorrow) this is going to be a quickie review.  Fabulous character development and wonderful use of setting. You felt like you knew these characters and let me tell you the whole time I was reading, I also imagined that I was on the moors with the children.  As a child this would be a truly marvelous read. As an adult my only negative comments would be that some might stop reading because at the beginning Mary is so unlikeable.  Also the ending is a tad saccharine and predictable  - but I really didn't mind that as I am a big softie. To put it simply it is a lovely sweet innocent tale of the importance of play, good fresh air and the power of imagination.

4.5 Dewey's

I purchased this at the Indigo at the Eaton Centre for my BBC 100 Top Books Challenge (Yeah I totally failed I only finished 2 of the 5 I was going to review - but hey I moved across the country and became at stay at home mom)

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