It is only the exceptional author who can write a book about children with sufficient skill, charm, simplicity, and significance to make it acceptable to both young and old. Mrs. Burnett is one of the few thus gifted.”—The New York Times
with a B&N Audiobooks Subscription
Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more.
A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured-a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.
Related collections and offers
Gr 4–8—Many laudable versions of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic have been recorded, and this is another worthy selection. Spoiled Mary Lennox is sent to the English moors to live in a mysterious mansion that holds many secrets. Classic characters such as Dickon, the almost magical gardener/animal whisperer, and Colin, the spoiled, sickly son of the house, grow to know and trust each other as well as Mary. Finola Hughes does a marvelous job with the Yorkshire accent, Colin's childishly peremptory remarks, and Dickon's peaceful mien. At the beginning, Hughes doesn't quite succeed in portraying Mary's self-centeredness and meanness, but as the girl begins to blossom, she becomes much more assured in her portrayal. The pacing is excellent and the production quality is very good. This enchanting production belongs in most library collections.—B Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA
|Publisher:||Penguin Random House|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
- Classics for Children - Kids Fiction
- Emotions & Behaviors - Kids Fiction
- European People, Places & Cultures - Kids Fiction
- Family Life - Kids Fiction
- Fantasy & Magic - Kids Fiction
- Fiction Classics - Other
- General & Miscellaneous - Kids Fiction
- Island Peoples, Places & Cultures - Kids Fiction
- Nature - Kids Fiction
- People with Special Needs - Kids Fiction
Read an Excerpt
CHAPTER I There Is No One Left
Excerpted from "The Secret Garden"
Copyright © 2010 Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Excerpted by permission of Penguin Young Readers Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.