The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (9.0/10) Lives changed by the healing power of beauty. I would not recommend this book for people who do not care for nature, as there is a lot of description about flowers and trees and so on. The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love, attention, and (forgive me an LDS joke) wholesome recreational activities, just somehow speaks Truth to me. I remember how impatient I was to return home from school to run to the garden. What would you grow in your own garden if you had one? Mary's parents die early in the book, leaving her orphaned. Reviews Clubs Quizzes Series Freebies. Mary's experiences in India reflect the country's history as a place that was unjustly colonized; she speaks about the people there in a patronizing, racist way. Readers will learn the names of plants and flowers (rose, lilac, daffodil, crocus, etc. I was almost always there (apart from school hours) in rain or shine, that my parents had to strictly impose a time limit for me to spend there! This book was written over one hundred years ago and is still popular. This is a lot of people's favourite children's classic, and for that reason I was very intrigued to read it. The book makes that clear, and in the movie they give them plenty of scenes that make it clear. This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it, it was 'lovely and heartwarming' . With no one to care for her, Mary becomes thirsty, drinks an abandoned glass of wine from her parents' dining table, and goes to sleep. (Her rudeness; her insensitivity to others, her obsessiveness: his tantrums; his introspection; his obsessions.) One jarring note to the modern reader: Mary's attitude towards the people of India; an uncomfortable reminder of the casual racism and arrogance of British colonialism. Poor little Mary, nothing to do, but stare at the furniture... exploring the the grounds of the estate, the nearby, unnatural moors, outside, and somehow, finds the secret garden... later, after hearing again, weird, wailing sounds, coming through the walls, in her room, the rather frightened Mary, gets up in the middle of the night, down the dark, long , sinister corridors, enters an unknown room, and discovers a pathetic, depressed boy, in bed, her cousin Colin, that no one mentioned....They become close friends, after a few minor disagreements, life begins in reality, for the two children, at Mary's urging, she gets Colin outside for fresh air, with the help of a third, Martha's younger brother Dickon, 12, who animals love, a hidden door , opened , showing the eerie, gloomy, mysterious, dying secret garden, locked for ten years, by Mr.Craven, something dreadful occurred there, brave Mary is delighted though, she wants a beautiful, garden, with colorful roses, live trees, growing plants, birds singing, and flying, bees humming, butterflies floating, rabbits jumping, squirrels climbing, crows cawing, brilliant flowers springing up in all sections of the Secret Garden..and people lying on the green grass, sightseeing, looking at the bluest of the blue, the sky above. Dickon and his mom were great characters. This is such a wonderful book for kids. However, due to the reflections I'd had because of this thread, I realised that both 'Treasures of the Snow' and 'The Secret Garden' had influenced me by my realising that heroines can be unlovely and angry. “Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.”, Two sickly, arrogant, lonely, neglected, little children, from wealthy families, both ten, cousins, live continents apart , Mary Lennox, in hot, steamy , colonial India, and Colin Craven, he in rainy, cold, Yorkshire, northern England, a cripple, just before the start of the First World War, they don't even known the other exists, but will soon, both like to show contempt to servants, by yelling at them, while giving orders . Tags: secret animals Book Review friendship death fiction england walk sick garden mary kids books cousin uncle india real life books healing classics colin Related Articles 1 3 Mary is spoiled, unhappy, and angry, her beautiful mother, loves parties, doesn't look kindly at the plain offspring , father too busy also, helping govern the enormous colony, truth be told, they dislike the unlovable girl. Having now finished it, I'm convinced that had I grown up with this story as a child, I would've been even more enchanted by it than I was now, reading it for the first time as an adult. Though some characters express outdated and/or racist attitudes, readers are meant to understand that unkindness and disrespect are wrong. Thank you for your support. News Books Movies. Characters argue. Parents need to know that Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is a beautifully written book about two selfish, disagreeable English cousins -- Mary and Colin -- whose lives and dispositions are transformed when they find their way into a locked, walled garden. First published on Sun 12 Apr 2015 09.00 BST. I don't really understand why it became a classic. The author gives a vivid description of the beauty of the moors and the mysterious mansion that the girl goes to live in. Following her great success as a novelist, playwright, and children's author, Burnett maintained homes in both England and America, traveling back and forth quite frequently. It starts out interestingly enough with a very gothic setting. I like the characters and the garden. I vowed I'd NEVER EVER do that myself, and nor would any of my heroines... Years later, I found out that there was a biography written about Patricia St. John. My childhood home had a large garden with lots of roses. Alcohol is mentioned again when the groundskeeper at Misselthwaite manor, Ben Weatherstaff, talks about another man being "drunk as a lord" and beating his wife. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mary is spoiled, unhappy, and angry, her beautiful mother, loves parti. ), the difference between seeds and bulbs, and how to tell when a dormant plant is coming back to life in spring. Little Mary Lennox is brought up in India, a spoilt, sullen brat, whom her wealthy parents are more than happy to leave entirely in the care of their nanny. Three; the pantheism and everyday magic of the story is a lot more sophisticated than I realized as a child, as is the depiction of Nature and the landscape - quite Bronte-like in its intensity. so monstrously spoiled that no one can stand them and they can hardly stand themselves. My mother tended to them and I used to help her. None of ya'll read the book or watched the movies, because she was definitely as in love as a 10 year old could be with that boy. She died in her Long Island, New York home, in 1924. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. September 1st 1998 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is really about the transformative power of finding “passion” which gives meaning to life. It is an intriguing read, despite the few slow bits in the book. To see what your friends thought of this book, None of ya'll read the book or watched the movies, because she was definitely as in love as a 10 year old could be with that boy. The lord of the manor, is a frequent traveler abroad, he must get away from his bedridden, weak boy, it pains him to look at the pitiful sight and mostly does, when Colin is asleep....Mary, after a long, boring, escorted sea voyage, arrives, eventually, and lives alone in an isolated part of the mansion, Martha, a teenager, her servant, the only person she talks to, gives information about a secret garden, Mrs. Medlock, the housekeeper, like everyone else, ignores the unattractive girl, and hides her far from others, just the hired hands are there, after a quick visit to see her strange uncle, he leaves for foreign lands. Friendship and the restorative powers of nature help the children gain good spirits and health.

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