A beautifully illustrated edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved novel.
The story of Mary Lennox’s rejuvenation in the English countryside has been enjoyed by readers of all ages since it was first published in 1911. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel centers around the themes of friendship, kindness, and self-discovery, making it a memorable tale that stays with the reader long after the story ends. Full-page color drawings by illustrator Kelly Caswell add a beautiful touch to the story, making this volume a cherished keepsake.
Soothing and mellifluous, native Briton Bailey's voice proves an excellent instrument for polishing up a new edition of Burnett's story. Bratty and spoiled Mary Lennox is orphaned when her parents fall victim to a cholera outbreak in India. As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. Bailey makes fluid transitions between the voices and accents of various characters, from terse Mrs. Medlock and surly groundskeeper Ben to chipper housemaid Martha. And most enjoyably, she gives Mary a believably childlike voice. A brief biography of the author is included in an introduction. Ages 6-12.