Secret Garden

Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Graham Rust
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Hardcover, 224 pages
List Price: $6.99 Sale Price: $5.94

The Secret Garden, a real children's classic, has been cherished by generations of readers since its first appearance in 1911. Mary Lennox, a sullen, spoiled child, comes to live with her English uncle after the death of her parents. Implanted in Misselthwaite Manor on the baleful moors of the English north country, she meets a hearty Yorkshire house-keeper and her spirited brother, a dour gardener, a cheerful robin, and Master Colin, her willful, mysterious sickly cousin. The robin helps Mary find the door to the secret garden, and from there the story takes the reader on a spell-binding journey into the places in the heart where faith restores health, where flowers refresh the spirit, and where the magic of a garden coming to life after years of neglect serves as a metaphor for the miraculous recovery of an invalid boy.
The characters and the story are as fresh today as they were when the book was first published. Graham Rust's illustrations, with their delicate period flavor and detail, bring to life the whole cast of characters and, of course, the secret garden itself - "the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place anyone could imagine."

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