July 3, 2013

Review | The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Published: 1911
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 375
Genres: Classic, Historical Fiction

(finished April 6th)
With this, I have finally transferred all my reviews over. Yay!

This story demonstrates how the love of a family, the power one has over their mind, and the environment one lives in affects the behavior and health of a person. How people view others affects how we view ourselves which in turn affects how we act and behave.

At the beginning of the story, both children were neglected by their parents, given everything they want so they did not value anything, and were forced to live shut up in a distant part of the house. Neither children had any friends nor understood basic human emotions. They were expected to stay out of the way until such a time that their parents would require them like a thing or a toy.

The sudden death of Mary's parents and her subsequent move from India to England changed everything--Mary was required to gain some independence, having nothing to do forced her outside, and her wandering lead her to family. The combination of everything changed both Mary and her cousin Collin for the better so that they could both learn and understand what it's really like to be children and have fun.

A very cute story and one that needs to be presented to modern children watching TV and playing video games more often.

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