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The Secret Garden (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) [Paperback]

Frances Hodgson Burnett , Alison Lurie
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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25 Nov 1999 Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
The classic story of orphaned Mary who has been sent to stay at her uncle's manor house in Yorkshire, following the death of her parents from cholera. Mary is spoilt and sickly, but her life changes for the better when she discovers the secret walled garden in the grounds of the house.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182186
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,942,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a wonderful story that I could think myself into, given that the heroine is the sort of awkward little girl that I thought I was. I loved the idea of a secret place where children could be on their own" (Nina Bawden)

"The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is my "current" favourite children's book. I reread it to my six-year-old daughter last summer and both of us loved it -although she did require me to have a go at the full Yorkshire accent for Dickon, which proved a little bit tricky. It has magic, darkness, whimsy and truth and the fact that it was first published in 1909 yet still managed to enthral my 21stcentury daughter is a testament to its greatness" (Kirsty Young)

"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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. Read the first page
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a sweet Story 24 Jan 2008
By Seliin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book will bring nothing but a smile to the face of the reader. It is an incredibly well-written story that captivates one to the fullest. The characters are so well-described that you get a very clear and vivid picture of who they are and of course the surroundings. The author masterfully paints such a wonderful picture of the spring, the world waking up from its deep sleep, the blooming trees, the singing birds and the flowers. With spring the garden comes to life and with it, melts the ice from the hearts of the little Mistress and the little Rajah.
The story itself is an incredibly beautiful tale of a little girl, who has been cast aside by her own mother since the day of her birth, left to be raised by the help. Always lonely, unwanted, forgotten and incredibly spoiled the girl takes a long journey to learning how to appreciate the simple beauties in life, such as the sun, the flowers, the birds and the spring. She makes friends and learns to care for others.
An incredibly beautiful story which will warm your heart. Get this book and enjoy it !!!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented edition 12 Oct 2010
This book is part of a series of childrens books from this publisher illustrated by Robert Ingpen. All the books are beautifully presented and The Secret Garden is no exception. Excellent.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a child this was one of my favourite books, read and re-read until my copy was beyond repair. The up-lifting story of a grumpy spoilt little girl sent from India to live at a big but lonely old manor in the English Countryside is a classic and deservedly so. Mary Lennox mellows as her friendships develop especially that with Dickon, a down-to-earth and good-hearted country boy, and Colin, Mary's indulged and sickly cousin hidden away in the depths of the old house, who also comes to find happiness.
The story is intelligently written with three-dimensional characters, the speech of the servants is presented with their dialect/accents in tact, and the children behave as real children would. Written in the early twentieth century, there's much to provoke discussion with today's children about how children lived and were treated a hundred years ago, the different lives and expectations of the servants and their families to those to the manor born, as well as those in Colonial India.
I was thrilled to come across this beautifully illustrated edition (in an approximately A4 format) with gorgeous timeless pictures which reflect perfectly the mood of the story and the era in which it was set. They also serve to make the book look attractive and appealing to the children of this generation. There's a picture on the majority of double page spreads, a mixture of black and white line drawings and a naturalists pictures of fauna and flora interspersed with ethereal misty full-colour illustrations that really pull you into a different world, that of the secret garden.
A book to truly treasure. Please please can we have Hodgson Burnett's The Little Princess equally beautifully illustrated next too?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By MattD
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We brought this as a Christening present for a baby girl after her parents requested that any presents should be either a donation to Charity or a book that we had cherished growing up.

The Secret Garden was my other halfs favourite book and this version is superbly illustrated, with an embossed hardback, making it a great present / keepsake.

This was really well received (much better than the "The Dangerous Book for Boys", which someone else gave!)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful version of classic book 22 Feb 2008
By Jane
I loved this book when I was a child and have looked around for a while at various different illustrated editions. This one is absolutely lovely and a real bargain at this price. It is the first version i have seen where the illustrations live up to the images in my head. Gorgeous full page illustrations and also lots of small ones on most pages. A beautiful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic for all ages 16 July 2008
I love this book, and have done since I was at Primary school. It has a lot to offer adult readers as well- the psychology of the characters of Mary, Colin, Martha and Mr Craven are well drawn. Dickon and Mrs Sowerby are a little too perfect to be believed, but the lyrical descriptions of the garden coming back to life are beautiful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous! 11 Oct 2010
My friend requested that as a Christening gift for her daughter, that we gave her our favourite childhood book. I was a little disappointed that I could not get this version in hard back to give her but once it arrived I was so amazed at just how beautiful this book is, it didin't matter that it was not hardback. The story is lovely but the illustrations are gorgeous and was the perfect gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful book I have ever seen 24 Nov 2008
I loved this book as a child and wanted a hardback copy for my bookshelf. The illustrations in this book are so beautiful that it brought a smile to my face. I was expecting one or two pictures at most, but every single page has pictures. There were also four prints of pictures from the book that I was not expecting. All the illustrations were exactly as I imagined as a child. I'm not sure I would let a child near this book though!:)
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Bought as a present but loaded it on to my Kindle to remember the books and authors of my youth...still a good read.
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This is one of my favourite stories, it is relaxing and exciting to read. The nature of Colin is a amazing with his Cousin and friend, happiness and health shine through it.
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