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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Dec 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, yaf, ladyish, growing
Read from December 27, 2011 to January 03, 2012

I read this book as part of my Revisiting Childhood Faves efforts. It has stood up to the test of time, although I think I might have been more awed by the stuffy victorian trappings as a child. The most important part of this book is the sense of wonder and amazement that the children find in gardens. Mary marvels at length at the appearance, smells, colors and process of "growing things." This book also illustrates the power of gardens and growing things to heal the spirit and the body, and the magic that comes from children being outside all day. This really taps into some very deep part of my brain, and as I re-read it, I felt like I was discovering my "root" for my gardening obsession.

There are other classic trappings of a Frances Hodgson Burnett book here - the fallen princess, breaching the division between social classes, mysterious characters, frightening but kindly benefactors, etc -- but I do think the Secret Garden has a certain magic all its own.
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