When orphaned Mary Lennox, lonely and sad, comes to live at her uncle's great, empty house, she has nothing to do an no one to play with. Then a friendly robin shows her the way to a mysterious garden that has been locked up for years. Mary is determined to bring the secret garden back to life and, along the way, finds good friends and discovers the magic of making things grow.
Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden has been loved by generations of children since its first publication in 1912. Now, for the first time, young readers can unlock the mystery of the secret garden with this very special picture book, adapted form Burnett's classic work. Mary Collier's rich, glorious paintings, inspired by the original novel, bring all the magic and wonder of the secret garden glowingly to life.
Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, The Secret Garden's portrayal of reawakening spirits will thrill and rejuvenate. Frances Hodgson Burnett creates characters so strong and distinct, young readers continue to identify with them even 85 years after they were conceived. (Ages 9 to 12)