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The Secret Garden (Vintage Children's Classics) by [Burnett, Frances Hodgson]
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The Secret Garden (Vintage Children's Classics) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Length: 388 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 11 Grade Level: 4 - 7

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"The Secret Garden should be on every child's bookshelf" (The Times)

"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)

"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)

"So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!" (National Association for the Teaching of English)

"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)

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What little girl can turn a whole household upside down and breath new life back into a strange, old manor? The wonderfully contrary, strong-willed, angry, misunderstood Mary Lennox.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; Reprint edition (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PUEWTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fabulous book to read for anyone of any age. You can fully submerse yourself into this book and its characters are fully brought to life along with the Yorkshire accent by the author. I would highly recommend this is a must read for everyone, it is an excellent story and just when you thought you could put the book down you want to read another bit and another bit. It is just like Mary and her desire to find the garden you too will want to find the garden and all its secrets too. Also great, for younger readers to understand how we lived in victorian times and the attitudes between servants, children, adults and the more wealthy.
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A easy to read story, with a good outcome. Suitable for children of all ages. I read the book on recommendation and was pleased I did.
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I bought this book to encourage my 10-year old granddaughter to read more adult books as the ones she has been reading are rather babyish. This fits the bill perfectly.
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It was My favourite book ever from childhood and when I read it again, the lovely memories just flood back. I love it. A sad story but a nice story.
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I have literally had this book on my bookshelf for in excess of thirty years and on a whim decided to start reading it – what a treasure. Although it is a child’s book there is much for an adult reader to enjoy. Not least because you can put down your adult thoughts & feelings that are stimulated by coping with living and working in our modern world. Instead the reader is transported back to a different period of time when life was lived at a slower pace – this book was published in 1911, so just pre-WW1 and all of its horrors. I therefore found this book to be something of a stress buster.

The secret garden that has been neglected for ten years provides a much needed sanctuary for two of the main characters of the book: Mary and Colin. Both are ten years old and therefore born at the time that the garden was locked up; both by the time they have lived out their first decade of life, are in desperate need of love. Mary it is who first discovers the garden and she begins to bring the garden back to life, at first alone but quickly she is joined by Dickon, the younger brother of a maid who works in the manor in whose grounds the secret garden is situated. He is something of an animal charmer, deeply connected to nature and although himself also ten years old, plays something of a parental role to Mary and later Colin, the son of the owner of the manor. Both Mary and Colin with Dickon’s help, by their bringing the garden back to life, themselves blossom and heal.

The narrative very clearly sets before the reader the joys and positive outcomes that can be derived from gardening and an appreciation of nature. This was the source of my joy in reading this book.
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Had bought as a gift for a 9 yr. old girl . Was liked very much.,Delivery was done before time.
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An amazing book that puts your whole mind into fantasy and takes u away to Mary 's world of a spoilt child to a gentle souled girl who has been hiding away in her old play pen my 12 year old daughter loves classics and found this one very catching I would see her reading it 24/7
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I read this book when I was around 8 years old and now my 8yo is also reading the book at school. I bought a copy for her to read at home as she really enjoyed it in school. As I was going through the book, there were references about 'memsahibs' and 'ayahs' and looking at it from an outside point of view some might find it a "non PG" dialogue, but having been born and brought up in India - it is a reality and book is quite representative of the time (then and now) of the class system in India.

The book itself has always held a special place in my heart as somehow the concept of working on a garden to bring it back to life really resonated with me. My mother spend hours to bring a bit of high rise balcony to life with plants and greenery. I think it adds so much value to any space...
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