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 truculent as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, cooped up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors, 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)
a jolly good, heart-warming classic. (The Daily Mail
Step into the world of the secret garden with a beautifully illustrated gift edition of one the best-loved children's stories.
When spoiled child Mary Lennox loses her family to a cholera outbreak, she moves to her uncle’s manor surrounded by a massive garden. Within, Mary discovers a whole new outlook on life thanks to a supportive household and the garden’s power of healing.
After the death of her parents, Mary is brought back from India to live in her uncle's great lonely house on the moors. She is miserable and disagreeable, until the day she discovers a hidden door to a mysterious secret garden. These audio cassettes contain the complete and unabridged story.
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
From the Back Cover
'Mary is a tough feisty character, who manages to turn a whole household, and the lives of those in it, completely upside down... The Book is brim full of magic and joy' Sunday Telegraph
Mary Lennox is an orphan who is sent to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Neglected and lonely, she begins to explore her new home and learns of a secret garden that her uncle has forbidden anyone to enter. A friendly robin shows Mary the key to the garden and she discovers a world she could never have imagined...
'A wonderful story' Nina Bawden
See also: Peter Pan
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett became a writer to support her family after the deaths of her parents. Her best known works are The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess. She died in 1924.