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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Random House Publishing Group | January 1, 1987 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Secret Garden is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 12.
Few children''s classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett''s The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children''s literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more.

A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child''s need to nurture and be nurtured—a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.88 × 4.17 × 0.64 in

Published: January 1, 1987

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 055321201X

ISBN - 13: 9780553212013

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I read this book years ago and couldn't remember it, so I reread it and fell in love all over again! There's so many reasons that this is a classic! It really helped lift my spirits!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful 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)
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice 280p ,8.5x10.5 with dust jacket, Grey paper with small picture of garden under dust jacket. Couple of b/w illustrations. Mix of full spread text with some small illustrations, full spread text without illustration, full page text with full page illustration opposite.
Date published: 2012-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for every age Not growing up in an English speaking country I was just recently introduced to The Secret Garden - it was a delight to read and I think it is one of the books you can read time and time again, even or especially during different stages of you life. A little shocking were the harsh realities of the beginning with deseases and deaths .... not something that has changed around the world, but something we tend to think about less and less in our Western society.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Burnett's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2011/08/secret-garden-by-frances-hodgson.html
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite that has stood the test of time. I read this book as a little girl, as a tween, a teenager, and again in college. Now I have a daughter of my own, and I am so glad to share this with her. A classic, a must read. Do not be turned off by badly done tv/movies! Nothing is as good as the original! I also recommend her other books, Little Princess, and the lesser known Little Lord Faunteroy.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/09/secret-garden-by-frances-hodgson.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical! This is THE book of my childhood. It was the first book I read where I became the character and her world and my world were one. I hope every kids gets to have this experience. I refuse to re-read it now and destroy the magic it once held in my heart.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites I've read this book at least twenty times. I had to buy a new copy because the one that was a gift to me as a child was falling apart, that's how good it is. This book is a must read for little girls and grown ups :)
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One of my Favourite Classics This books is for anyone who loves classic books It's funny and kinda weird at some point but way better than the movie.
Date published: 2006-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Secret Garden The Secret Garden is AMAZING!!!! I highly would recomend this book! It takes you through the shocking, queer, and fun life of a girl named Mary. Hope you read it.
Date published: 2003-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Secret Garden I remember reading this book as a child, and being transported to a garden in my imagination. I loved the characters, the story, the location, the romance (I thought) of being an orphan in England. To this day, as a gardener, the description of that magical secret garden entrances me and informs the goals that I have for my own garden. Of course, in Calgary, a rose-covered bower might be a little difficult, but the idea of the hidden garden, the sudden surprise of it, and the beauty of each of its seasons is what I carry with me from this book.
Date published: 2000-01-26

– More About This Product –

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.88 × 4.17 × 0.64 in

Published: January 1, 1987

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 055321201X

ISBN - 13: 9780553212013

About the Book

What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle's estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won't enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty--unaware that she is changing too.< br> < br> < br> < br> But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.

Read from the Book

Chapter One There Is No One Left When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another. Her father had held a position under the English Government and had always been busy and ill himself, and her mother had been a great beauty who cared only to go to parties and amuse herself with gay people. She had not wanted a little girl at all, and when Mary was born she handed her over to the care of an Ayah, who was made to understand that if she wished to please the Mem Sahib she must keep the child out of sight as much as possible. So when she was a sickly, fretful, ugly little baby she was kept out of the way, and when she became a sickly, fretful, toddling thing she was kept out of the way also. She never remembered seeing familiarly anything but the dark faces of her Ayah and the other native servants, and as they always obeyed her and gave her her own way in everything, because the Mem Sahib would be angry if she was disturbed by her crying, by the time she was six years old she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived. The young English governess who came to teach her to read and write disliked her so much that she gave up her place in three mon
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From the Publisher

Few children''s classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett''s The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children''s literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more.

A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child''s need to nurture and be nurtured&mdash;a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.

From the Jacket

What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle''s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won''t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty--unaware that she is changing too.


But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, on November 24 1849. After her father&#8217;s death in 1853, Burnett&#8217;s mother ran the family&#8217;s iron foundry until the American Civil War caused the business to fail. Destitute, the Hodgsons moved to Tennessee in 1865 to stay with relatives in a log cabin. Frances lived there until 1873, when she married a doctor, Swan Burnett, whom she later divorced in 1898. She married Peter Townsend, an actor, in 1900.

From her teens Frances had written stories and tales to help her support the family and later claimed never to have written a manuscript that was not published. Her first widespread success came with That Lass o&#8217; Lowrie&#8217;s in 1877, a tale of the Lancashire coal mines. But it was the publication of Little Lord Fauntleroy, in 1886, that brought the author fame and wealth and established Cedric as the model for a generations of young boys. Sara Crewe was published in 1888, and the rags-to-riches story was so successful that Burnett revised, expanded, and republished it in 1905 as A Little Princess. The beloved The Secret Garden appeared four years later to enormous critical and popular acclaim.

A prolific writer, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote over 40 novels and plays and dozens of short stories during her lifetime. She died at Plandome, New York, on October 29 1924.

From Our Editors

In this abridged adaptation of the classic novel, a lonely orphan discovers the wonders of a mysterious garden and befriends her invalid cousin.

Editorial Reviews

"This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot. Allen''s oversize chalk drawings are handsome. Children sometimes pass over Burnett''s story because by the time they are able to read it, they are no longer interested in the subject. For them, this adaptation will work well."&#8212;Booklist

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12