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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Feb 12, 12

bookshelves: character, read-in-2012, story, youth-fiction, youth-historical
Read in February, 2012

I understand why this book has been deemed a classic, because it captures the essence of childhood in often spot-on ways. The classic story of a spoiled girl raised by nannies in India who gets sent to live with her grieving, depressed uncle in a fancy mansion with gardens, including a secret garden that was locked up when his wife died. What I find funny and what pinpoints this as a book written at this time period is how moralistic the story is: the beginning 2/3 is excellent, but then the children turn too perfect and there are these longish speeches of the importance of spending time outside and how much healthier they are and how much they love being with each other, etc. Kind of reminds me of why I loved the first 2-3 Anne of Green Gables books but didn't love the others because Anne became too perfect. Still an excellent read. I want to go watch the movie now. And then read A Little Princess.
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