The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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After the death of her parents, Mary is brought back from India as a forlorn and unwanted child, to live in her uncle's great lonely house on the moors. Then one day she discovers the key to a secret garden and, like magic, her life begins to brighten in so many ways.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 112 x 176 x 22mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140621539
  • 9780140621532
  • 43,349

Review Text

In this bad version of a bad idea, the richly developed classic novel has been squeezed into the picture-book format. Resembling the bald summary of an opera plot, the story in its reduced state is all but a cliche: An orphaned girl finds a neglected garden and a neglected cousin and restores them both with the aid of the housemaid's young brother. Collier's full-color paintings take advantage of the opportunities for flora and fauna as the garden responds to cultivation and to the turning seasons, but the children's figures seem pasted into the space, and the scenes lack warmth. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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669,163 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 41% (274,772)
4 35% (236,223)
3 19% (126,064)
2 4% (24,454)
1 1% (7,650)
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