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The Secret Garden

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  493,748 ratings  ·  9,188 reviews
Born in England and transplanted to New York toward the end of the Civil War, Burnett made her home in both countries, and today both countries claim her as their own. The Secret Garden, her best-known work, became an instant modern classic and world-wide bestseller upon its publication in 1911. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the first edition and is ...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1910)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 28, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: TFG Top 100 Favorite Books (2011)
I am now confused. I do not know anymore what is my preference when it comes to books.

When I was a kid, I wanted to read only books with pictures like the illustrated "Alice in the Wonderland" or "Rip Van Winkle". Until I read "Silas Marner" with no pictures and I said, wow, books with no pictures are also great!

When I was a teenager, I said I don't like to read books that are hard to understand and read by adults until I read "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov and I said, wow, I did not know that th
Shayantani Das
Except for the persistent India bashing, I loved this book. In fact Mistress Mary, I loved the ending so much that I forgive your English superiority complex. Next time you visit here though, allow me to take you on the ride across India, I hope your impression will change
Sep 07, 2007 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: classics
I know this book seems out of place among the fare I usually read, but hey, all I can say is that I like what I like. There is some intangible quality to this book that really strikes a chord in me. The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love, attention, and (forgive me an LDS joke) wholesome recreational activities, just somehow speaks Truth to me. I think this book has strong application to today's problems with the rising generation. I really believe that kids these days are ge ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gardeners; children
I seem to be the only woman I know who didn't read and cherish this book as a child. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about...

It took me a while to get in step with the tone of this book. The beginning was Jane Eyre-lite...Mary is orphaned and sent from India to England to live with her uncle, a stranger to her. The story progresses...and then....Mary's talking to a robin, and he's showing her where buried keys are. At that point, the mood shifted, and I sat back to enjoy not a literary
I first read this wonderful and evocative story at around age eleven (it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English). I simply adored The Secret Garden when I read it as a young teenager (or rather, a tween), I continued to love it when I reread it multiple times while at university, and I still loved the novel when I recently reread the story for the Children's Literature Group on Goodreads (and continue to love it).

I honestly think that I enjoyed The Secret Garden eve
I guess I didn't miss much by not reading this book as a child. I don't really understand why it became a classic. It starts out interestingly enough with a very gothic setting. A little British girl named Mary survives a cholera epidemic in India and is sent to Yorkshire to live with her distant relatives. The author gives a vivid description of the beauty of the moors and the mysterious mansion that the girl goes to live in. The only other interesting part is really when Mary discovers the boy ...more
Genre: Historical fiction Reading level: Ages 9-12
Want to know the Secret? This book was written almost a century before Byrne and Oprah shared their version. The garden is only the beginning of the story of a brat, orphaned in India, who moves to huge lonely house in Yorkshire, England. It isn’t only the wind that haunts the moors, but the wails of her tyrant cousin. With the help of a local family, the two children learn to heal their bodies and minds with fresh air, exercise, and a little man
1 star for a classic?
What a scandal.
Well, it is the first classic I'm giving 1 star for, so it’s fairly a big deal.
Although I did not finish this, I already know how the book wraps up. (view spoiler)

Here's the thing
Classics deal with universal ideas. The secret Garden deals with kids who struggle with weakened attention spans. Even though it's overdone now days, I can understand why it was so popular, say a century ago. I already no
This whole book was pure magic and I loved it.
This read was, of course, a re-read. I wore out the copy I had as a child, with its lovely illustrations by Tasha Tudor. What's interesting is what a different, but still marvelous, experience it is, reading it again almost 4 decades later. I didn't remember the beginning bit taking place in India. I could've sworn Mary visited, and brought gifts to, Martha's family's cottage. I didn't remember the ending being so abrupt.

Oddly enough, my 'favorite' bit was learning about how to tell if trees and

OK, I must have read and loved this book 40 or so years ago. (Yikes!) I liked it a lot this time round, but it was troubling to me in several ways. It starts off as the story of Mary, a girl suffering from epic neglect. (Her entire household in Colonial India, parents, servants, everyone, die from cholera or flee the house with no-one bothering to think about her, leaving her alone, not knowing what's happening, if anyone is there, scavenging for food from unfinished meals on the
I finally read this after all these years. I loved the movies based on the book and now I have read it to see which version is the most accurate to the story. Frances Burnett made the characters fun, easy and enjoyable to read about! I especially liked the various point-of-views you read. From the staff, gardeners, and even the bird!
Silly me, I looked through all the editions to find the one I grew up with, but had no luck. But this is what I wrote about it a few months ago:

In the third grade, I would have been hopelessly overwhelmed by my reading assignments had my father not offered to help by reading aloud every other chapter to me and having me read him the rest. We did this in the bedroom, as my mother openly complained how he made a travesty of the English language, with his Russian accent and his putting stress on th
Four stars because:

-I love ALL Children's books — classics and non-classics alike. I don't care how rubbish the story or characters are, I still end up loving them. There's just something charming about them.
There's no teenage angst, adult bullshit, love triangles, teens saving the world, insta-love or Mary Sues/Marty Sues (okay there is kind of one Mary Sue in TSG but he didn't bother me too much).
Its storytelling that doesn't rely 100% on cliched characters or tropey plot lines. Although they
The Secret Garden was first published in serial form beginning in 1910. It is a book about children, but it is not just a children's book.

Frances Hodgson Burnett uses the novel to explore the themes of mental and physical damage and healing. In contrast to the traditional Victorian literary trope of angelic children, the two main protagonists in The Secret Garden are extremely unlikable; yet despite, or even because of their flaws, they are able to heal others--and themselves. Along the way, Bur
Frances Hodgson Burnett looked to gardening for healing from grief and mental collapse--she also believed in metaphysical healing. Every day she wrote in a "walled rose garden." She loved reading Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. It shows in this book.

Nature and fresh air--all symbolisms. How can someone write about these simple elements and leave you interested? They throw in a couple of children protagonists who are psychologically and physically healed from a hidden, charitable garden. They spri

This delightful children's classic, first published in 1911, pulled me right in with the cholera outbreak and continued with a bit of mystery, lots of magic and some pretty important learning experiences for both children and adults alike.

Not surprising this wonderful work is on the "100 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once" list. Enchanting super-fast read with a beauty

"Oh, what a queer house this is!" Mary said. "What a queer house! Everything is a kind of secret. The rooms are locked up and the gardens are locked up, and you! Have you been locked up?"

! FREE audio version of this uplifting children's classic, set in Yorkshire, England, about 1910. Fine character development, inspirational and motivational themes, plus a good mystery. Granted, the author pushes the power of fresh air and Mother Nature a tad much, but she avoids pious judgmentalism, and I ador
Lisa Vegan
Feb 25, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody, especially girls & women; animal and garden lovers; kids who have too much stuff
I read this book for the first time when I was nine, and unlike many books I loved back then I believe I read it only once or twice. I just reread it, finishing on 2/25/11, for a March 2011 discussion for the Children's Books group’s Fiction Books Club, one of the months chosen to read a classic vs. contemporary book. I’d remembered enough to give it 5 stars but not enough to review it, though I recalled the gist of the story well enough. I’m so glad I reread it now, nearly a half century after ...more
Two days after surgery to remove one of my internal organs, I think I can be forgiven for lapsing into extreme nostalgia... at least I haven't reached for my illustrated copy of Heidi yet? I didn't actually have an illustrated copy of The Secret Garden, growing up -- or if it did have illustrations, they were few and far between, and in black and white. But I read the book to bits (I still have a copy held together with brown tape), and even a non-visual person like me builds up some mental imag ...more
Having read The Secret Garden as a child I really wanted to read this book as an adult to see would I still feel the magic of the story many years on. Well I felt the magic just as I did many years ago.

This is a beautiful book and so well written, it has everything a story needs to fuel the imagination of a child, a big rambling house set on the moors, a secret garden, a couple of spoilt children and a big family who value life and friendships and put others needs before theirs.

I escaped in this
Rebecca Recco
Mar 04, 2008 Rebecca Recco rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially young girls.
Recommended to Rebecca by: my Mom
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite book, ever! My Mom made me read it as a kid, and I really didn't want to. I put it off and put it off, and finally decided to just suck it up and read it. I think it took 10 pages for me to get completely hooked.

I think I loved the book so much because it was all about bringing about life and growth through love. All the main characters are sort of "forgotten" in some way or another, and they go on this adventure when Mary finds a key to a secret, walled garden. The garden ha
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed this children's tale which I've meant to read for quite some time now. I've been spending a lot of time painting so have finally gotten around to listening to some audiobooks. I'm including a link to my friend Kathleen's review because she includes links to Libravox where a person can find and download this book for free.

Kathleen's review

Frances Hodgson Burnett could give Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracey a run for the money in the area of motivation
This story about how two children who managed to be both spoiled and neglected healed each other with the aid of a secret garden is something of a classic. I came across it in primary school and eventually got round to finding out if what I remembered as good really was: it is - fairly good, anyway. It becomes somewhat repetative in the latter half and the plot is entirely predictable from early on. It's also a bit over the top regarding the transformative power of nature and gardens. In fact (a ...more
Percaya, berpikir positif, dan terus bergerak. Segala hal yang awalnya tampak mustahil bisa menjadi nyata.

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.

Tentu saja di dunia ini pasti ada banyak Sihir, tapi orang tidak tahu seperti apa bentuknya dan bagaimana membuatnya. Mungkin awalnya cukup mengatakan hal-hal baik akan terjadi sampai kau m
Zulfy Rahendra
Yang saya pikirkan ketika selesai membaca ini adalah, "apakah anak-anak indonesia sekarang udah baca buku ini? Buku ini amat sangat teramat jauh lebih layak dibaca dan mendidik dibandingkan nonton Coboy Junior nyanyi di tipi." *aiiiihh, seorang upi mikirin masalah tumbuh kembang anak bangsa!!* *kemudian dirukiyah* *okey, ini efek liat bocah 5 taun ngamuk-ngamuk karena ibunya mindahin channel tipi yang nayangin Coboy Junior* *Oh God Why* *saya ga akan membesarkan anak saya di indonesia* *ah belag ...more
When I was growing up one of my favorite movies was the 1993 version of The Secret Garden. I've watched it several times since then and it still holds up pretty well. However I've never read the book and thought I'd finally get around to reading it.
It was lovely as I thought it would be. There were a few differences in character personalities and little details in the book from the movie but nothing big or drastic. I think the only reason I'm not giving it five stars is I kind of think the movi
I picked this up at my volunteer-job at the library because it occurred to me that I have never (in my memory) read this book. Now, it's possible I did read it but forgot about it because my memory is a big-fat-lying-liar sometimes. But I asked my mom and she said she also didn't remember it being around, mostly because she didn't like the story herself, so she never encouraged us to read it. I didn't understand what that could possibly mean since everyone else seems to adore this book.

I read it
How have I never known this is the loveliest book ever?

PSA for anyone else who grew up watching the 1987 tv adaptation with all the moody Chopin nocturnes and an adult Colin played by Colin Firth(!): if you, too, are spending the entire book worried that a certain delightful main character is later going to go off to World War I and (view spoiler), this does NOT happen in the book.
I’ve been an avid reader all my life; surrounded by books, (Little Golden books in particular), as a little child as far back as I can remember. But some time during my reading life and growing up, I abandoned these books and took in adult horror and crime; missing out on a whole genre of Children Literature, which was probably more appropriate for my age at that time. So when the opportunities come along to read Children Literature, as it did for a book club, I made sure I got involved. I’m ver ...more
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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