The Secret Garden Paperback – Nov 22 2011
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Claire Bloom reads this classic with a crisp, slightly British enunciation and dramatic passion. She doesn't strain accent or pitch to distinguish among the characters, but slides into them primarily through changes of pace. However, the age of the recording shows despite its having been named an ALA Notable Children's Recording. There's an audible hiss between words, and the actress's voice is slightly tinny from overmodulation. Also, the abridgment makes the story's transitions too abrupt. A newer, unabridged version would be a better choice than this reissue. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett was a born storyteller. Even as a young child, her greatest pleasure was in making up stories and acting them out, using her dolls as characters. She wrote over forty books, including the classic A Little Princess, also illustrated by Tasha Tudor.See all Product Description
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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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Not only is this a delightful story, but the artwork in this edition is absolutely amazing. It's a very special book and one that I will treasure.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Absolute joy to read in this beautiful clothbound edition. Just seeing it on my shelf brings me joy. Highly recommend reading it just at the dawn of springtime.Published 2 months ago by Val
My 9 year old was super happy to receive this as a gift :) thank you!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer