The Secret Garden
A house full of mystery awaits orphaned Mary Lennox when she comes to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire moors. At night she hears a distant crying that no one will explain, and her uncle is strangely unhappy. But when she meets Dickon, a magical boy who charms both birds and animals, and discovers a walled, locked garden, the secrets of Misselthwaite Manor begin to unfo...more
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...more
I honestly think that I enjoyed The Secret Garden eve...more
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...more
Oddly enough, my 'favorite' bit was learning about how to tell if trees and...more
Musim semi, musim yang selalu di identikkan dengan kehidupan yang baru, awal mula suatu kehidupan. Tunas-tu...more
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...more
I love imaginating all of the scenes in the story: the vast moors, the lonely house, the lifeless gardens. I don't think I could relate to Mary because I didn't have a lonely childhood: I had friends and sisters and a loving family, but I did was very much captivated by her. Maybe I loved imagining being in that big house...more
Kalimat di atas sering kita dengar dan baca, khususnya di buku-buku pengembangan diri. Buku ini yang memuat kisah sederhana tentang persahabatan anak-anak pun menawarkan pesan yang sama. Tapi kisah indah ini lebih mudah untuk diresapi bahkan dinikmati.
Jika pikiran kita selalu disesaki segala hal yang buruk dan negatif, maka awan yang berarak indah di langit pun dilihat sebagai kumpulan awal yang membosankan. Sebaliknya, jika kita terus berpikiran positif, kesialan...more
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...more
Masih terkenang-kenang akan baiknya kepribadian Sara Crewe (mirip dengan Cinderella), kali ini Miss. Burnett menampilkan tokoh utama yang berbeda 180 derajat dari Sara Crewe..si anak bermuka masam dan amat pemarah..Mary Lennox..ujung pangkal kepribadiannya yang pemarah ini karena Mary tidak pernah diberikan perha...more
Mistress Mary, your looks are quite contrary....
There is very little that I recall of this novel, as it has been years since I have last laid fingers on this popular tale. But what I do remember of it...
Mary is a bratty, sour-spirited child who is shipped back to England when her ever-delinquent parents die in cruel India. There she is kept under the wing of a likewise inconsiderate uncle, in his gothic castle, wherein she grows deathly bored inside, and her adventuring leads her to an astoundi...more
On this rereading, I was really struck by the fact that it functions well as a wonderfully inverted subversive Sleeping Beauty* tale. The prince is a sickly-looking, cross girl who well earns her 'Mistress Mary Quite Contrary' . And the princess is a tantrum-throwin...more
There's a lot of stuff going on in this text that I ended up finding fascinating. For one thing, it led me to investigate some c...more
Book Bank Book Bank subject: _my favorite book___
Title The Secret Garden
Author Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher J.B. Linppincott Company Year 1911
# of pages 256 Genre drama
Reading level 4.5 Interest level 9-12 years old
Potential hot lava:
None to speak of except that there are references to death throughout the story. Children who have issues dealing with mortality should be monitored when reading this.
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...more
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...more
Revisiting it now, I find it prefigures so many of my other favorites- I hear echoes of Roethke, I see a glimpse of Sam Gamgee in his old age, I think of Alec Ramsey in his heady rush of freedom riding...more
I really like the recurring motifs as well: that people greatly benefit from being out in the open air enjoying nature, and from engaging in tasks that they enjoy and gain a sense satisfaction from, like gardening for Mary. Another one that stands out is that spoiled chi...more
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