A picture book retelling, perfect for the youngest readers, of the beloved classic children's story—and new movie starring Colin Firth, coming to theaters April 2020.
“A key!” cried Mary. “Is it the key to the secret garden?”
This story of a key that leads a lonely girl to a secret garden is a beloved children’s classic. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel, this retelling, simply and warmly written, will charm young readers. They’ll fall in love with Mary, her gentle friend Dickon, and the beautiful garden they bring to life. And the lush pictures by Brigette Barrager, illustrator of Uni the Unicorn, will let young children feel they've entered the garden themselves.
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.