The Secret Garden opens the door to the innermost places in the heart. Written in 1911, adults may be surprised at the modern themes: the ability of mental beliefs to create health, the strength of group optimism, and the restorative power of nature. Mary, unloved and selfish, finds friendship and happiness helping her equally self-centered cousin become strong and healthy. Nature's powerful magic -- the mystery of life itself, birth, renewal, love and joy -- touches both Mary and her cousin as they toil to revive their secret garden. Adults and children alike will enjoy listening to every word of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic. This unabridged audiobook is read by British actress Wanda McCaddon. This classic childhood tale of friendship was the basis for the acclaimed 1993 motion picture, as well as several other motion picture versions and an award-winning Broadway musical. 6 cassettes.
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)