The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  

The Secret Garden

Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Part of the Walker Illustrated Classics Series

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This absolute classic has entranced children the world over since its first publication in 1911. In this remarkable new gift edition from Walker Books, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the garden coming alive again, bringing about the transformation of two unhappy children. It’s an edition that will bring this classic to a new generation of readers eager for a timeless story that’s full of mystery, wonder and secrets. A gift to be treasured.

To view other titles in the Walker Illustrated Classics series go to our Classics genre.

We also rate very highly a new edition from Oxford Children’s Books.

From Michael Morpurgo: "I love this story of a girl's life being changed by nature."


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The discovery of a mysterious and neglected garden is the key which unlocks the future of two hitherto lonely children. Mary, recently orphaned, and Colin, who is thought to be bedridden.
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Synopsis

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

When newly orphaned Mary Lennox arrives from India to live with her uncle, everyone at Misselthwaite Manor thinks her a most disagreeable child. Then one day she discovers a garden - a secret garden. With the help of Dickon and her spoilt, invalid cousin, Mary brings the garden back to life, and as she does, the mystery behind it is revealed.

A word from the illustrator, Inga Moore:

'The Secret Garden is one of the greatest books for children of all time and it took me a long while to pluck up the courage to illustrate it. What made me think I could do it justice? I knew a merely decorative approach wouldn't do for a work with such depth of meaning so I decided to bring out as much of its meaning as I could in my pictures, carefully placing them next to the words they illustrated in the hope that the two together would make a more vivid whole.'

Reviews

Moore brings soft, old-fashioned, pastoral sweetness and miniaturist detail to The Secret Garden. The Times Inga Moore's enchanted garden - topiary, mist and frost - perfectly catches the rapt quality of Burnett's writing. The Observer Featured/recommended Book Bit on WTBF-AM/FM (Troy, Alabama)

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. Her mother moved to Knoxville, Tenessee in 1865. Miss Hodgson began writing for magazines soon after. Her first widely-known story appeared in "Scribner's Magazine" in 1872.

Frances married Dr. L. M. Burnett of Washington D.C. in 1873. In 1898 she divorced Dr. Burnett and married Mr. Stephen Townsend in 1900.

Her reputation as a novelist was made with her story of Lancashire life, That Lass o' Lowrie's. A number of other works followed, with Through One Administration and A Lady of Quality as the most notable.

In 1886 she published the Little Lord Fauntleroy, which was dramatized during her life and (now safely out of copyright) continues as videos and movies. Her children's books, including the marvelous Secret Garden and Sara Crew (later rewritten to become: A Little Princess) are what she is best known for today, but her romance novels were very popular during her lifetime.

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Format

Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

6th April 2009

ISBN

9781406318036

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