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Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children's classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activitie ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published October 24th 2014 by Audrey Press
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Renee
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the continuing era of Harry Potter mania, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic "The Secret Garden" is much more subtle in its enchantment, but it continues to withstand the test of time, and through "A Year in the Secret Garden", a new generation of readers can be introduced to this wonderful story.

A Year in the Secret Garden provides the perfect companion to the original book. The book is divided into major sections by months of the year. For each month, a character from the book (e.g., Mary Le
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Erika Messer
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, if you are not familiar with the book The Secret Garden, then read that before you read this book. The Secret Garden always appealed to me because of it's roots in Victorian times which is my favorite! A Year in the Secret Garden is based on the original book, with all kinds of recipes, fun crafts/activites and information :) It starts with a great intro to the Secret Garden book and goes along with the book month by month sharing all kinds of great things! I can't even tell you all t ...more
Monique Bucheger
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just have to say: "Wow!! What a great concept this book is."

"A Year in the Secret Garden" revisits a favorite childhood book in an intriguing way.

Divided into 12 months, each chapter deals with a food that would be served in that month, spotlights a character from the original book: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and offers a variety of activities that present day kids would enjoy doing--that the characters in the original book actually did.

For example, in November, kids wer
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and unique activity book! Ms. Budayr has written a wonderful book, full of monthly activities, which is awesome by itself, but she also bases it on a classic book – The Secret Garden! Along with the crafts, recipes, and other fantastic stuff, Ms. Budayr has “Character Studies” which tell a little about the main characters and/or the time period that “The Secret Garden” takes place in. It is a great way of learning a bit more about a book that you really like. I think that I will r ...more
Oh My Bookness
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Winters created a "guide or companion " to the beloved classic Novel The Secret Garden. A Year In The Secret Garden introduces you to the belovedLl Classic tale of The Secret Garden, to a whole new generation and to a whole new way to families familiar with the classic tale with guide photos, as well goes through all twelve months of the year bringing the magical story to life. With the use of historical of information, monthly gardening information and activitie ...more
Jenny H.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I imagine that if the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett continued, following Mary, Colin, and Dickon as they grew, the children would have compiled all of the amazing activities, crafts, and recipes that Valarie Budayr wrote down in pen and Marilyn Scott-Waters brought to life in the book A Year In the Secret Garden. We have been in love with this book ever since receiving it to review. Divided into sections by the months of the year, the book brings the magic of The Secret Garde ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The secret garden is described as a sheltered paradise of colors and perfumes – a mass spectacle of roses, gillyflowers, lavender, and scented philadelphus. It is a magical place where a child can find hours of entertainment and learning. It is all this beauty but has so much information and things to do that it will keep the most creative mind occupied.
The book has easy to make recipes, DIY activities and art and craft activities to keep even the most inquisitive mind occupied. Simple, funny p
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SARIT
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are not familiar with the book The Secret Garden, then read it before you read this book. It the most classic book on the shelf and I don't think it only foe children. As a girl I used to read and re-read it so many times that i know it's plot by heart. It is the main reason why I was happy to get this ARC for reviewing.

A Year in the Secret Garden is based on the original book, and it include recipes, fun crafts/activities and information. It is starting with beautiful introduction and
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Christy
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

I love The Secret Garden. I've read the book, seen two movies based on the book and listened to an audio version of the book. It is such an endearing and heartwarming story. So when I got the chance to review A Year in the Secret Garden, I was so excited! This book takes each month of the year and gives you ideas how to experience all of the wonderful aspects of The Secret Garden throughout the year.

I am going to share the month of Jun
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Stephanie
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books and movies when I was growing up and I would have loved to have this companion book to go along with it. Split into sections by month, each month includes outdoor activities, crafts, recipes and extra information about characters or themes from The Secret Garden that will help children connect with Mary, Colin and Dickon at Mistlethwaite manor.

Looking forward to December, a time of year that you would not usually think about being in the garden, th
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Bonnie
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Let me just begin by saying this is a gorgeous book filled with lots of goodies. I have never read the classic A Year in the Secret Garden and it isn't a requirement to enjoy this book. In fact, after having wandered through Budayr and Scott-Waters book I will search out the classic and read it. These ladies have created a fabulous book that can stand alone or be used as companion to the classic either in a classroom setting, or homeschool setting or for anyone that loves to share great literatu ...more
Judith
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It is a wonderful, hands on, practical way to take kids on a journey back in time and see how children and families lived in another era. The illustrations are colorful and whimsical. The photographs are great visual aids to keep kids engaged. And the activities are fun with directions that are easy to follow.

I encourage every family to add this to their home library. And to have a real, full blown, English Garden Tea Party (indoors or out!) at least once, but more if at all p
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Jane Ritz
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I used to teach second grade. I can see using this book with a group of children doing an in-depth study of The Secret Garden. This is a "must have" to go along with The Secret Garden. There are such things as recipes of the times, traditions, and character analysis. After reading the book the first time, I had to read the Secret Garden again. I can't say enough positives about this book and the ideas and activities it could generate. A Year in the Secret Garden really make ...more
Vicki
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a great book! I love all the activities it provides. It’s full of fun to do things and recipes, information about the story and more. The book covers a wide range of subjects that will (hopefully) inspire children to get off the couch and get outside. The illustrations are big and bright and beautiful!

This is an awesome book for kids to have, especially for when they get bored.
A Bit of Earth
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun and brought The Secret Garden to life in a whole new way! As a little girl who wished she could live out her favorite stories (and one about a magical garden, in particular), I would have absolutely loved to work through the crafts, recipes, and activities in this book! The little historical tidbits and elaborations on things mentioned in the original book (view spoiler) ...more
Victoria Brinius
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book for a Secret Garden book club or even for someone that is reading the Secret Garden in school. There are activities and fun games to play. The book is divided by month and I also really liked the recipes. Nothing beats fresh from the garden! Rhymes, seed packets and character info is just the beginning. I highly recommend this book! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
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CEO and publisher at Audrey Press, and creative director of the popular blog and website Jump into a Book, and co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day; these are the many hats of Valarie Budayr .

Valarie is also the award-winning, best-selling author of Mom’s Choice Award Winner A Year in the Secret Garden and Kirkus Top Pick Dragons Are Real.

As a publisher, Audrey Press has offered reader
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