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The Secret Garden [Paperback]

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Nov. 1 2011
A classic piece of childrenOCOs literature first published as a novel in 1911, Frances Hodgson BurnettOCOs "The Secret Garden" is a story of transformation and renewal. Unwanted by her parents, Mary Lennox, a spoiled, selfish young girl is raised in India by servants. When cholera breaks out killing her parents and most of the servants, Mary is sent to live with a mostly absent uncle in England. It seems as though no one cares for Mary, and that Mary will never care for anyoneOCountil she steps into the secret garden, and her life begins to change. "
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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. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the secret garden June 24 2002
The Secret Garden (book review)
Soon Kim
June 18, 2002
Do you believe in magic? If you read The Secret Garden you will experience the amazing magic, I am sure.
Mistress Mary Lennox was born in India. Her parents paid no attention to her. Mary is not loved by all, she is spoiled, gloomy, sullen, and selfish in India. Suddenly, her parents die and she goes to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire moors of England. But also her uncle is an apathetic person.
When she arrived in Yorkshire she found another person who looked like herself. He is her selfish sickly cousin Colin. Mary and Colin discover his mother's garden. They take care of flowers and trees together, and they have a great deal of fun together. Mary learns to accept that there are other people in the world, and she helps Colin. The garden's magic makes the two children's characters normal and happy through good people and the beautiful secret garden.
I wish that you would read this book; if you need to love, if your mind has been devastated, if your life is dry and boring, if you lose interest in everything, then read The Secret Garden and your mind will sprout " The word is so beautiful." I still smell many kinds of sour smelling blushful roses in the secret garden. The sweet roses are coloring my mind still ......... I love them so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woooow June 2 2003
I read this book in school, and in class it was sort of boring, since we had so many reports, tests, and questions to do for it, and such things always ruin books for me. Well, I saw it sitting on my shelf collecting dust, and I thought, "I've nothing better to read right now, let's see if I still think that it's boring." I read it within three hours and I truly did not find it boring. Mary was such an interesting character, and I took to her immediately. Her developement from a bad tempered and unhealthy girl into a better tempered nice and healthy girl was gradual throughout the book, and I found it to be a charming book. For those who like nice stories for reading to your children at night or for just reading on a rainy day, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasured read! July 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read "The Secret Garden" as a child and fell in love with it.Now,as a 23 year old adult,it is still as endearing to me as it was then.The characters and the setting are so realistic.Whenever I read it now,I can still feel the cold wind and fog of England,and can also see every plant and flower in the garden.I recommend that children and adults alike read this book.You will treasure it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden Jan. 3 2006
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I read this book this year , in grade 9 . I enjoy reading the book very much , because it is a book with some sort of mystery.Mistress Mary , had discover a secrey garden , which creates magic among everyone. The secret garden is like a magical field . The main plot of the story , is that at the end everyone is reunited. Mistress Mary becomes to know her cousin Colin. WHich he influence to go outside , concluding ot him finally walking. Also this is how is the end Colin finally meets his father.
Ater i had finish the book , i watched the movie. After watching i found some difference among both , but for the very most they were similar. I got a find ,of seet of what happened in the book.But i feel that the description of Mistress in the book , is not similar to that in the movie.
After reading this book as a project , we were to change this novel into a children's book intended for grade 2-4 . I hope that i have sucessfully writeen a children's version of The Secret , if you would like to view my book .. on January 30 .. but may view , mi site about the book @ [...] . BUt this will not viewed till the end of January. After you have view this book , i request you , to plz sigh the Book Review pages , thank you very much.
In concusion , The Secret Garden is a very good book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic July 15 2004
By Megan
I think that this is FHB's best book. Although I certainly enjoy the romatic ideas of diamond mines, life-size dolls, and (completly platonic) secret admirers (as all appear in "A Little Princess") nothing beats the spunky nature and burgeonng independance of Mary, Colin and Dickon.
After her parents die of Cholera, spoiled brat Mary is sent to live with her uncle in Yorshire. She is shocked, absolutely shocked, to find a world that is the complete opposite of India. Not just the weather: gone is the fully staffed nursery which completely revolved around her every whim (and she had a lot of them) and in its place is a local maid who brings her breakfast and that's about it. Mary doesn't even know how to dress herself.
Appalled at first by the notion of having to look after herself, Mary discovers that it's really not so bad. Especially when she discovers a secret garden that has been locked for ten years. Together with her cousin, a boy as bratty and obnoxious as she is, and Dickon, a local boy with a way with living things, she sets about to bring the garden back to life. Mary and Colin, who have been raised with fairly good intentions and plenty of material possesions but no real love, learn what love is as they care for and nurture the garden.
Burnett really has an ear for children's dialogue, and she brings a real sympathy to Colin and Mary even when they are at their most obnoxious. In addition, their transformation is believable, complete with little relapses into their self-absorbed natures.
This is a book that is perfect for people of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Awesome classic to add to your collection or for a YA reader gift! Would prefer hard cover though. I'm old fashioned like that.
Published 5 months ago by Trinidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!!!
I was younger when I read this, and my mom used to read it to me, and it was really interesting. I saw the movie before reading the book, and the book was better. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Jong Uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Mary Quite Contrary......
So this is where the nursery rhyme came from! Thus starts this well known and beloved tale as young Mary Lennox, raised in India by indifferent parents, is a most spoiled and... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2007 by Misfit
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything is possible
AThe Secret Garden had an inspirational effect on me. Frances Hodgson Burnett was able to show you that no matter how rough life gets, you always have a single ray of hope. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden
I liked the book alot because it had alot of excitment and talked about Mary finding a room that was her aun'ts room. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars My Book Review
The Secret Garden
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reviewed by B. Khau
P. 5
Mary Lennox is a little girl who is stubborn and not very pretty. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by B Khau
5.0 out of 5 stars the secret garden review
This book is full of mysteries. As mary lenox, an orphaned, stubborn, and impolite 10 year old girl, goes to her uncles manor, she meets martha. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by "alyboo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have always liked gardens especially ones with tomatos, cucumbers, potatos, and squash. So when I heard about this book, I knew I needed it and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Che Guevara
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone loves a Secret
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a most fantastic
fiction story to read! I find myself a little like one of the main characters, Mary Lennox. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret Garden review by Beverly!!!!!!!
Beverly barnard
The author of the book is Frances Hodgson Burnett she written the novel called The Secret Garden. Dell Publishing Co. in the year of 1911 published the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004
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