Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Publisher: Harper Trophy (100 year Anniversary book)
Publish Date: First published in 1911
Why Are You Reading This Book:
- You're a classic lover.
- You're looking to get in touch with your inner child.
From Goodreads.com: "Neglected Colin lives the life of a spoilt and incurable invalid until on the arrival of an orphaned cousin, the two children secretly combine to restore his mother's locked garden and Colin to health and his father's affection."
My Two Cents:
One thing that I love about read-a-longs is that often times they give me a chance to either read a book I've been meaning to read or to re-read an old favorite. In the case of The Secret Garden, this is an old favorite. I never owned a copy of this book as a little one but I checked it out frequently from the library. I also really loved the movie that came out in the early 90s (is there anyone else out there that remembers the movie?).
This book was a joy to re-read. The story is very sweet. It's been a long time since I read this book so I had forgotten the order of how things happened and how the book ended. I loved being back with Dickon, my favorite character in the book (how cool would it be to be able to tame wild animals? Hah, that would be a childhood dream come true for me).
There is a good reason that this story is a classic and is still so beloved by so many. If you've read it already, read it again. I know you'll find more to love. If you haven't read it, you definitely need to read it next time you're looking for a lighter read!