'It was the garden that did it - and Mary and Dickon and the creatures - and the Magic.' An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried - and a boy who talks to animals. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of ...Read More'It was the garden that did it - and Mary and Dickon and the creatures - and the Magic.' An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried - and a boy who talks to animals. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children's classics. Through her discovery of the secret garden, Mary Lennox is gradually transformed from a spoilt and unhappy child into a healthy, unselfish girl who in turn redeems her neglected cousin and his gloomy, Byronic father. Frances Hodgson Burnett's inspiring story of regeneration and salvation gently subverted the conventions of a century of romantic and gothic fiction for girls. After a hundred years, The Secret Garden's critique of empire and of attitudes to childhood and gender, and its advocacy of a holistic approach to health remains remarkably contemporary and relevant. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.Read Less
The book is in good condition and the delivery was fast.
Jul 12, 2012
This is a charming book that has stood the test of time. An excellent read for the visual pictures it forms in the reader's mind. One worth saving and re-reading!
Jan 30, 2012
So much to learn...
I never read this as a little girl but when I bought this for my 8 year old granddaughter I decided I would read it first. Once I did I had to buy a second book for another granddaughter. So many lessons to be learned on healthy attitudes; relationships; appreciating nature and healthy priorities in life. It's really something adults and children alike can benefit from reading. It really deserves the rank of a CLASSIC.
Oct 10, 2009
A Book to Read Your Grandchildren
I was read this book as a little tot, but I liked it so much I read it again myself at about age 12. Then I managed to find a paperback copy (My mother's original hardback was burned in a house fire.) I read it to my three children and then my Grandchildren. I couldn't resist looking for a hardcover copy to read my Great-grandchildren. This story has misterious parts, sad parts, funny parts, and loving parts. And of course a nice happy ending. I can hardly wait until my new book , "The Screte Garden" arrives. It's always had a special place in my heart.
Sep 24, 2009
Perfect gift for a friend's birthday - she'd been wanting another copy for a long time. (Her dog tore hers).
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-14 Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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