Reviewed by Michelle Wright
As a child, I had a tatty old, well-read copy of The Secret Garden and I remember persuading my mum over and over again to read it to me!
This classic story (written in 1901) is one of my best child hood memories and if possible one I wanted to recreate with my own daughter; so, over a matter of a week, each night I read this new version to my 7 year old… a memory I hope she will keep and a book I hope she will cherish as I did.
Mary Lennox is a spoilt, withdrawn and sickly child who lives with her Uncle in his house in the Yorkshire Moors. As her health improves she starts to take an interest in the gardens surrounding her Uncle’s house and makes friends with Dickon, the brother of one of the maids. Dickon is a boy with amazing talents of being able to talk to animals and who can charm the animals of the moor “the way snake charmers charm snakes in India.” Daily visits to the garden and the Moors help Mary regain her strength and one day her curiosity of hearing far off cries in a far part of the manor get the better of her. She discovers that her sick cousin, a boy called Colin Craven has been shut up in a bedchamber.
Colin and Mary become friends and Mary sets out to help him regain his strength and helps him with secret visits to the garden.
This is a story of nature, friendship, discovery and magic – and although this book was published 100 years ago this summer, these qualities are still as important today as they were then.
My daughter was mesmerised by this story and I enjoyed every second of reading it to her…
RRP: £5.49 (Paperback) / £0.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.