C.S. Lewis once said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a delightful classic novel that stands up to CS Lewis’s test. It is a pleasant family read aloud (though it has some sad parts) or a great independent read for later elementary school and middle school. If you have a high school student who has not yet read it, I’d even recommend it for them. We personally have the paperback 100th anniversary edition by Harper Collins and my daughter really liked some of the bonus features, but our favorite way to enjoy the story was the radio theater version by Focus on the Family.
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“I like The Secret Garden because of the adventure Mary has and I also like how it tells the story of Mary and Colin and how Mary finds Colin by the crying she hears. I also like the bit of Yorkshire they use in it and how Mary teaches herself how to do things. i.e how to jump rope.” Elizabeth Age 11
The Secret Garden is the story of a young orphan girl named Mary Lennox who goes to live with her uncle in his large home, Misselthwaite Manor, and finds it to be full of secrets. At night, she hears the sound of someone crying. She loves the massive gardens around the estate and eventually discovers a young boy (her cousin) and a secret garden. She helps him to over come some emotional and physical obstacles and changes the their lives and the lives of those around them.
We are going to read this one (or listen as the case may be) again together as a family this summer and use this free book club guide from Sarah Mackenzie over at Read Aloud Revival to discuss the book.
Have you read The Secret Garden? Tell me what books come to mind when you think of the letter S.
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