Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

First sentence:

"When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen."


"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 discovers 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?" -- from

My thoughts:

I enjoyed rereading this childhood favorite. I liked how Mary "blossomed" as she started caring about others and let others care about her. I also liked how she and Dickon showed Colin a new way to live.

Date read: 6/21/2009
Book #: 35
Challenge: Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Children's Literature

Publisher: Children's Classics
Year: 1911
# of Pages: 234
Binding: E-book
LibraryThing Page


Nicola said...

And you were fortunate enough to read the edition with Tasha Tudor illustrations, too!

krin said...

Actually, no. I read it as an e-book, though I vaguely remember that cover on a book I owned as a child. Sorry for the confusion.