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The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

A good children’s fiction book can tell you a good story and give yourself take away that you can apply in your day-to-day life as well. And The secret garden is one such book.

About the book

The story centers around a young English girl named Mary Lennox, moving from India to England after she lost her parents in a cholera epidemic. Her parents were negligent towards her and she was a lonely child brought up by the servants. Without any love and friend, she grew up as a cross and a grumpy kid.

But after her parent’s death, she was sent under his uncle’s care in Misselthwaite Manor located in gloomy Yorkshire. The Manor was an old mysterious place with thousands of rooms, a garden closed for 10 years, and inhabited people who were very different from those she was used to till now. Like any child, she got curious and start exploring things.

The rest of the book is a beautiful tale about her journey from becoming a contrary to an agreeable person and also how she changed the lives of people around her.

My experience reading it

I read this book when it was monsoons in my country, but it totally has a spring feel. There are beautiful descriptions of nature and imagery that you will soon start longing for spring if you read this book in any other season.

The character development shown in Mary is beautiful. It just shows how much impact the early age and environment have on any person especially at an early impressionable age. Though most of the narratives are around Mary, but in the end, it moved to Colin and his character also has shown such a remarkable growth from being an ill and surly boy to a healthy and confident kid who now commands his life rather than be a victim.

The language of the book is beautiful. I didn’t even feel like that I am reading a children’s book. The only reminder to it was the protagonist was a young child. I love classics and now I am loving children classics too. I am sure I am going to explore few more books in this genre.


This is a lovely book. Absolutely perfect for anyone looking to start classics but is daunted by the complexity of language and sometimes the size of classic fictions. It is super easy to glide through and it will leave a pleasant smile on your face at the end.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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