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The secret garden (Raintree's illustrated classics)
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In the end, it’s the characters that truly bring the story to life; both the children and the adults around them. Mary Lennox stamps and frowns her way into my heart, endearingly stubborn though she is. Dickon Sowerby is the wood fairy I dreamed of running away with when I was a child. And Colin Craven, with his wild tantrums and rude habit of stealing the show in the second half… I simply cannot help but adore them all!
The Secret Garden, much like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a story that was read to me when I was very young. It shaped me not only as a person, but as a writer. It inspired in me a love for words and nature. There is no better gift for a child than that!
What really makes this version come alive is the pictures - they really are just beautiful. Detailed and intricate, colourful yet not too loud, they show the garden coming slowly to life and the animals the local boy Dickon introduces the others to. It really conjures up the beauty of Spring and a garden in a way no other book has managed!
In general I'd recommend reading this with a child of probably 7-11 in age. A more able reader could manage it alone in terms of the actual mechanics of reading, but there are a lot of old-fashioned ideas, values and vocabulary which would need explaining for full understanding or appreciation. Beautiful but slow moving, this book won't be for everyone as a great many modern children prefer something a little faster-paced and light-hearted - but I loved it as a child and was pleased to see how much my daughter enjoyed it too.
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Only criticism, is the author has a similar plot in her other books such as The Secret...Read more
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