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Overall, lovely story and message to read to 6 year old. Cautionary note, beginning may be a bit rough for young ones. Parents can simply adjust as needed. Yet don't give up and miss out on an inspirational story of will power, benefits of positive thinking, having faith in oneself and knowing that there is magic/faith greater than any of us... even during the darkest of times.
The Secret Garden is a cheerful story about the power of hope, joy, and family. Readers will be intrigued by the obvious and drastic character development that takes place in this book. The author manages to tell the story of a young girl who learns to become appreciative of the world around her. While The Secret Garden is an older story, it does carry certain elements and themes that are relevant in this day. There are many elements of the story that align with various genres, which allows it to be a favourite of many. Overall, this novel is very comprehensive, intriguing, and informative… a great read! @avidreader16 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
A classic book appealing to adults as much as children, with themes of hope, growth, magic, and possibility as a young girl finds new life for herself in the remote home of a reclusive uncle.
I grew up with this classic story. My mom used to read it to my sister and I every winter in front of the fireplace. I love the story even now. It is something I think every child should read or have read to them.
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.
This book is one of my favourites of all time. I love the story it's beautiful/sad it gives all the emotions. I love how Mary grows and becomes a happier child while staying in England. I love the details of the gardens and everything. It really makes you feel like your there. Also how the relationships of the characters in the story come together.
Entertaining, engaging, and wholesome. I somehow missed this classic of children's literature (and have never seen any of the movie versions either!). I liked it, but Burnett's A Little Princess is her masterpiece.
Our daughter started with the Little Golden Book version of this when she was two years old and loved it, and moved to a slightly abridged version by three and then soon to the full librivox audiobook version before she was four. It was her first "real" book ever, and she has listened to it dozens of times by now.
What an incredibly wonderful book, worth reading and re-reading every several years. I resonate to different pieces each time.
Among the things that struck me this time: In the book, the ending is only about Colin and his father. Mary is completely forgotten! So odd. The movie screenplay addresses this issue.
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.
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.