This the very first book I read by myself, and my dad insists I read this book to him over 1000 times. Coming in at #8 on the previous poll, Mary Lennox slips a little, leaving wide open another spot on the top ten. The synopsis from the publisher reads, “Has any story ever dared to begin by calling its heroine, ‘the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen’ and, just a few sentences later, ‘as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived?’ Mary Lennox is the ‘little pig,’ sent to Misselthwaite Manor, on the Yorkshire moors, to live with her uncle after her parents die of cholera. There was also this 1993 version which I never seen.  One wonders if that fire briefly glimpsed was a huge plot point. Am I the only one who recognizes and has a visceral reaction to almost every Dell Yearling cover?
Yes, I definitely had Lily’s Eyes running through my head while reading Deathly Hallows.
Some of these covers absolutely horrified me, especially the one featuring a pretty Mary in a fifties-style red dress and hairstyle, entering what look like the set of a bad school play. Just as Alice is not fully Alice without the Tenniel pictures, The Secret Garden needs Tasha Tudor. Features everything from librarian previews of upcoming children's books to news, reviews, and videos.
I’ve been in a big reading slump lately, but I recently went to see a stage production of The Secret Garden, and it inspired me to reread the book.
I definitely picked up on a lot more of the subtle characterisation now that I’m older. This entry was posted in Books, Reviews and tagged children, fiction, historical, historical fiction, reread, young adult by Kriti Godey.


Some readers might object to its sentimental idealization of poverty and the class system in its portrayal of the Sowerby family and the gardener, Ben Weatherstaff. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.
This is also the first year we have any sort of garden (just in containers, but still), and the connection between the two is wondering for them. The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival produced it, and as usual, the sets, direction and acting were all top-notch (although adult actors playing ten year old characters was a bit jarring).
Burnett has an engaging writing style, and even though her exposition can be a bit preachy, it rings true enough to be entertaining.
Sometimes Burnett is pretty moralistic, and the serendipitous Magic that everything good is blamed on seems a bit hokey to me (but these days, everyone is taught to take charge of their own life and make stuff happen themselves, not depend on the universe’s goodwill – another sign of the cultural shift since the book was written). It took Frances Hodgson Burnett to give that yearning a shape, and even if the shape isn’t quite what a particular child might ultimately choose, the reader knows the feeling for what it is. In a brief, uncharacteristic foray into fantasy, Burnett shows events in the garden through the consciousness of the robin and his mate, and she approaches her frequent silliness when personifying animals. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name.
Medlock seems unsympathetic at first, but she’s just used to minding her own business, Dr.
It is a book with ten year old protagonists, though, and I can distinctly remember being in awe of the wonders of the world then, so maybe I shouldn’t fault it. They are the book’s spiritual secret gardens, needing only the right kind of care to bloom into lovely children.  Mary also discovers a literal secret garden, hidden behind a locked gate on her uncle’s estate, neglected for the ten years since Colin’s birth and his mother’s death.


Burnett once observed that children like things–that was why she kept her doll’s houses full of delicate models of life.
I still love Mary and Dickon (and resent Colin for his stupid insistence on turning the story ALL ABOUT HIM) deeply.
I hadn’t read it for about ten years though, so I was wondering how it would hold up.
Craven is not terribly invested in his patient’s recovery, but he still holds to his Hippocratic Oath pretty strongly. Its old-fashioned plot about Colin being healed rather mystically is almost beside the point. Together with a local child named Dickon, Mary and Colin transform the garden into a paradise bursting with life and color. That was why she took such care with the details both of Sara Crewe’s possessions as a little rich girl (which another Victorian moralist might have sneered at) and with the things that she has, and the food that she has not, in her days as a slave in the attic. Mary is one of those literary characters, along with Lucy Pevensie and Dorothy Gale and others, I expect to greet me with open hands in heaven and say “At last!
Little Lord Fauntleroy, a not-rich American boy suddenly confronted with English aristocratic possessions and customs, retains a grave curiosity about all this as well as a belief that people can be reasonable and kind which, despite the sentiment, are both oddly convincing.



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