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The Secret Garden (Gollancz Children's Classics) Hardcover – 24 Apr 1997
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About the Author
FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT was born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated to America where she wrote her first children's novel which was LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY. She returned to live in Kent, England and she died in 1924.
SHIRLEY HUGHES has written andillustrated many children's books including the LUCY & TOM and the ALFIE series. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for DOGGER and in 1984 she was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award.
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However despite my original disappointment I would urge you to obtain a copy that appeals to you for there are some editions with very nice illustrations too for this classic story is a wonderful read of a nostalgic world that has long disappeared. With the strong elements of children bonding with each other through animals & nature, the transformation of a hidden garden & the endearing company of the robin Frances Hodgson Burnett's story will appeal to any generation.
My younger brother in NZ recommended it as it's one of his favourite books and as I was recovering from major back surgery needed something to distract me. Reading it got me through many a turbulent night. Interestingly, it also relates strongly to our early years of life when we were fortunate enough to end up living on two different walled-in gardens on Victorian estates. Both were neglected and in disrepair but through the loving and skilled hands of our parents and family were again producing beautiful flowers and bountiful crops for us and beyond.
Hope is in growth and creativity - take a 'leaf' out of this book and live....
The Secret Garden is one of those wonderful books that are written for children, but are still just as enjoyable for an adult as you go back to read it in later years. I don't think it's just about rekindling some of the childhood memories, the book is so captivating and full of Magic itself, that you can't help but feel that you are completely caught up in the children's' secret, and feeling the spring time growing up all around you. The characters for the children are written perfectly, with the innocence of behaviour and circumstance written so that you feel sympathy for them, not frustration at their bratty and spoilt behaviour. I love all the broad Yorkshire characters, from sweet Martha to the worldly 12-year-old Dickon - Burnett is able to describe the Yorkshire Moors with such clarity and wonderous effect that I defy anyone to not want to book a week up on t' moors, or create their own magical garden full of flowers and plants and birds and creatures.
The book also holds something which I think is important for adults to understand as well. Through the growing of the garden and the development of the children, Burnett describes the importance of positive thinking - through either Magic, religion, or whatever you believe in, it 'du na matter' what its name is. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, trying to remain positive, and making your own things happen for yourself. This is a great thing to instill into children, but a lesson that we can all take as we grow up and begin to come across the uglier things life can throw at us. Lost jobs, broken relationships, dreams seeming to struggle to get off the ground; The Secret Garden shows how some fresh air and a decent outlook to work miracles, and I guarantee that reading this will give you a fresh, exciting view on life and what you can do with it.
I'll leave you with a line from the book that near broke my heart with its wonderful aptness:
"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow."
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