The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A few weeks ago I hosted a read-a-long for this classic book. For me, this was my first time experiencing it, for a few that read a long, it was their first time as well. Here are my thoughts, on The Secret Garden…
Mary Mary, quite contrary how does your garden grow?
When Mary Lennox is orphaned she is moved away from everything she ever knew and relocated to her uncle’s home in Yorkshire. It doesn’t take long for all those around to see that Mary is not the most agreeable child in the world. Through her lonely days in her new home, Mary explores the large home with many rooms.. searching for the crying sounds she hears but no one can tell her what it is. When she finally does venture outside she meets Dickon, a mysterious boy who tells her of a secret garden… one that has not been entered in many many years.
Mary’s adventures outdoors leads her not only to the garden, but into a magical world for her to explore with talking animals and adventures beyond her imagination! Suddenly, Mary’s demeanor changes as the garden blooms her into a whole new girl….
Why did I want to read this? I feel like I missed the boat on many of the great reads that many people read in high school. None of the greats were required reading where I went to school, and honestly in a way I feel cheated. I have been trying to implement the classics into my reading diet… and thus… this book
The Secret Garden was what I had hoped it would be. This story was one of innocence and a time when kids did not sit in front of a tv show or a video game but actually got outside and used their imaginations. I enjoyed Mary, even when she wasn’t the most likable and I think that was because she had potential. When she meets her cousin and he is just as pouty and unpleasant as she is (probably even more so). To see them work together and help one another is a pretty sweet part of the book and the discover y of the garden and how the garden itself heals people….
well, honestly the message is a powerful one.
I enjoyed the read and I am so thankful so many joined me in this reading of a classic that I can happily now cross off my to be read list.
I think this book should be on every child’s book shelf. The Secret Garden is a book that truly is meant to be read.
Be sure to see our discussion we had on this book and the other reviews from the read a long.