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I really love this book. I remember reading it when I was younger and got bored or lost my bookmark and gave up. But reading it again I was completely over come with joy! This book is definitely amazing, and it’s hard not to fall in love with th characters! An amazing book I would definitely recommend to an older crowd.
This is a very interesting book! I particularly enjoyed reading aloud the Yorkshire Talk - It sounds so cool. Good readers from the age of 8 will love this book!
A classic tale of the transformative power of friendship and love. It's wonderful seeing these children flourish at last.
A timeless children's novel about the healing power of nature, having a life purpose, and positive thinking. The illustrations by Inga Moore are delightful and have a soft, watercolor quality. A great book for adults to revisit and hopefully pass along to the next generation. There are some teachable moments about how the people of India were treated while colonized by Great Britain.
The Secret Garden was a book I initially ignored due to its complex Yorkshire, but later on it was back in my hands and I flew by it in a breeze. There is no doubt as to why this is called a classic because the novel is in-depth yet precise alongside an original and complex plotline. Every character is touched by the author so lightly but it seems like they are springing out with emotion and feeling. Here it begins; the story of sour little Mary who has been spoiled to the brim by the servants in her palace in India. Used to getting what she wants and feeling devoid of emotion, Mary is neglected by her posh mother and busy father even up until a sickness spreads throughout the entire palace. Suddenly Mary is all alone and begins her journey in a world that such a sorrowful girl cannot comprehend nor adapt to. When she arrives at her guardian’s house, secrets unfold and Mary catches herself changing and brightening as she runs through the Meadow, the gardens and the meetings she has with characters. From the maid to Caleb, every character means so much and I find immense pleasure in reading through this story. I began to notice that everything that was added into this story, from the dialect to the sorrow and background of Mary all adds up and results to a significant brilliance. I recommend reading this anytime, but especially during jet lag because that’s when I most enjoyed my read! Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This is a great book for all ages about the power of renewal found in nature and in friendship. Highly recommended!
I like the mystery of it and helping someone learn to love again and see the beauty of how he sees the world! ~Rebecca, age 11
While this book has garnered widespread praise for many years, even by trying to see it through the eyes of a 12-year-old, I didn't get much out of it. I've recently read several books that fall into the YA or juvenile category such as The Hunting of the Snark and Ms. Bixby's Last Day, both of which I found more satisfying. There's no denying this book has a good deal of charm, but it's very dated, very English and lacks both the realism and wonderful character portrayals of Ms Bixby and the infectious silliness of The Snark. I found it overly sweet and at times simply boring. I suspect a 12-year-old today would feel the same. Modern writers such as John Green are able to produce books that feature children and young adults or are largely aimed at YA readers and still appeal to mature readers. I'm afraid that our world has left books like The Secret Garden behind.
love this classic novel, always a great read. Beautiful illustrations and an a wonderfully told story.
Heavy on the candy (which was just what I needed). I love the illustrations and the story line of emotional healing for children and adults.
There is humor in this also and animal and nature lovers will enjoy the journey.
"This book is amazing. I never get tired of reading this classic book. The Secret Garden will always be one of my favorite classic books no matter how old I am." Review submitted by Aslinn Whitemon for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.
Mary, who has grown up in India, becomes an orphan and is sent to live with her uncle in a manor house in England. At first she is spoiled and angry, but eventually she comes to make friends and discover a secret garden that has been locked up for many years.
I think I read in Wikipedia that it was a sort of child/adult novel. Also that it had some Christian Science stuff. Otherwise I enjoyed reading it for the first time even as an adult. As a male I enjoyed it.
Such a wonderful book for girls of ANY age! A story of pure innocence and good things. If anybody doesn't know this fabulous story, it is about a girl named Mary, who is abandoned and unloved by everybody, so she becomes a sour, ugly girl. Until her parents die, and nobody is able to care for her, so she is sent to her Uncle's house, a mansion is Yorkshire England, where she is left to herself, and finds a secret hidden garden in the yard of the mansion, She meets all sorts of new friends, including Colin, her Uncle's son who is like her, sickly and disagreeable from neglect. But slowly, the magic of the garden changes all of that. It really is a classic, extraordinary book, that any girl would love to read, or have read to her. It was written back in the early 1900's, so some of the language may be a bit difficult, but it is not as difficult as most, and it can be a great tool to introduce classic books to your children.
I really enjoyed it, my first "classic". I am so glad that I was reminded of this novel. I wasn't sure what to expect but it outdid my expectations.