Aside from suffering from face-ache, I have also been trying to step up the pace with The Book Challenge.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the beautifully illustrated copy pictured above because I was reading it on my Kindle. Anyway, The Secret Garden is about a little girl called Mary, a sickly, bitter child who moves from India to Yorkshire after her parents die of cholera.
Dickon is by far my favourite character with his animal charming and love of all things nature. I think that The Secret Garden is a book that you could read over and over again and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
For the sheer joyfulness and loveliness of the story and the characters, I give this book the maximum 10 out of 10.
Oh goodness, I can imagine it’s pretty tricky for someone who has quite possible never heard a Yorkshire accent before!
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Misselthwaite Manor holds two mysteries, a strange unhappy crying in the night and a walled garden with a door locked and forgotten for ten years.
Thin, pale and haughty, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is determined to hate everything about her new life at Misselthwaite Manor, just as she had hated everything about her over-indulged life in India.
Bound in cloth, blocked in gold and green with a design based on the endpapers from the 1911 edition.

Frances Hodgson Burnett remembered such a garden from her own childhood, and turned it, fifty years later, into one of the most popular of children's books. Illustrated by one of the most accomplished artists of the golden age of children's illustration, Charles Robinson. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. This gift is part of our Museum collection, shipped from the Museum in South Kensington, London. We will use your personal information to send you information about our latest products, offers, sale, competitions as well as information about our activities, events, services and fundraising by email, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Mary moves into her Uncle’s huge estate on the Yorkshire moors and the story follows her transformation into a healthy, happy child and takes you through her journey of learning to like people.
Since it’s a book for young people, reading it as an adult was a delight because it transported me to a more innocent time, something which we all need to do from time to time.
If you can’t get to sleep one night, a chapter from The Secret Garden would certainly make you forget your worries and feel like all is right in the world.
He is like a lovely little elf who is entirely at one with the world around him and he’s just adorable.
Amongst the Dickens and the Austen on the Book Challenge list, The Secret Garden is a real gem, a book that a person need not struggle through because it simply unfolds beautifully in front of you. But it is not long before the Yorkshire air puts colour in her cheeks, plain food adds flesh to her bones, and the forthright chatter of her maid, Martha, stirs new feelings of interest and affection in Mary.

The characters are eternal - gruff Ben Weatherall, motherly Susan and the 'Yorkshire angel', Dickon, who has a special way with wild creatures. His exquisite images capture all the 'Magic' the Misselthwaite children are so sure will make them live 'forever and ever' - as they do in these timeless pictures. Each page has exquisite pen illustrations waiting to come to life through your artist's palette.
For Misselthwaite Manor holds two mysteries, a strange unhappy crying in the night and a walled garden with a door locked and forgotten for ten years. Burnett's novel is a paean to the joys of the outdoors, revelling equally in the fresh winds of the moors or a pale green crocus shoot pushing its way from the earth. It also feels a bit like your other teeth are being squashed (because I guess they are) and it just generally feels horrible and hurts a lot.
In this beautiful evocation of a garden's enchantment is a heartfelt belief that the healing power of nature will transform children and adults alike. It is this that makes The Secret Garden so uplifting - a book, according to bestselling children's author Gillian Cross, 'that has everything'.

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