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- Publisher: Thomson ELT (21 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142400599X
- ISBN-13: 978-1424005994
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.4 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,388,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
HEINLE READING LIBRARY:SECRET GARDEN-AUDIO CD Audio CD – Audiobook, 21 Jul 2006
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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 the Paperback edition.
"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 the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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but The Secret Garden is an amazing book. It is a model of construction and language, character (both of children and adults), behaviour, suspense and humour. Of course, it is about a time which, although just 100 years ago, is as far from us today as the Grecian Wars. But the author gives us a picture of a time without computers and mobile phones when a garden was a place to be simply enjoyed not forgotten in a rush for something ever more popular and a time when being active was a way of life. As you may gather I enjoy this book every time I read it and although it was meant for children of that time, it reverberates for modern day adults too.
Sara spent most of her time making up stories in her head and then telling them to the other girls. The favourite of the stories made up
in her head was that she was a princess. When asked if she would keep this view even if she didn't have all the luxuries of a princess
and was reduced to poverty. She insists that whatever situation you are in you can still be a princess as long as you belief it inside. Ironically she was forced to put this to the test when on her eleventh birthday her father dies of jungle fever and becomes bankrupt and instead of being the show student at Miss Minchin's school she is forced to work as a servant and live in the attic. But Sara knows that she will always remain a princess inside. When I read this book I was absolutely captivated with the idea that whatever situation you are in you can also be a princess inside. Along with the message that you can always be a princess it also has the strong messages of hope and friendship.
Unusually, the central character changes from one character to another, quite an interesting concept that actually works seamlessly, without the reader actually realising that the focus has changed.
As the garden works it's charm on the children, they slowly change from their normal selfish demeanor to care for one another and share in each other's joy.
A really lovely story. After we had finished, my daughter wanted more of the same. Captain Underpants was thankfully, relegated.
It's a lovely story. A young, rich, kind and intelligent girl, called Sara, is sent away to a boarding school. She has a vivid imagination and is always making up stories.
When Sara's father dies, she is left with no relations in the world, and ends up in poverty - she has to work at the school for no pay and little food.
However, she is determinded that no matter how hunger, cold or tired she is, she won't give in.
With the help of her firends and her "pretending" stories, she overcomes the hardships and proves that anyone can be a princess inside.
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Superb story brings back childhood memories of reading this as a child fabulous brilliant what more can I say xPublished 1 month ago by Mrs Jackie Hankin
Alana is our little princess and she has associated herself with this book!Published 2 months ago by LinF
Good but is does go on a bit.☺ 😴
She pretends to be a princess the whole book 👑 🐒🐵
Expensive but beautiful incredibly beautiful book. One to be treasured.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer