I had tried to read this book perhaps two or three times in my childhood, but had always been put off by the first few paragraphs, which spoke of a “tyrannical and selfish little pig” of a girl who “was yellow because she had been born in India.” The introduction of the book conveyed the image of such a negative and disagreeable character that I didn’t feel like going on! Recently, however, I was required to read Burnett’s The Secret Garden for one … more
I would read this book all the time in grade school and enjoy reading it again from time to time. Orphaned Mary is sent from India, where she was born and semi-raised by inattentive parents who die in a cholera epidemic, to England to be raised by an uncle she didn't know she had. She's mostly kept under the care of the house manager and finds the garden of the title that had once belonged to her aunt. Of course, she becomes healthier and less sallow as she tends the garden. She discoverers … more
I loved this book as a child and to be honest, I still love it as an adult. This is one of the books that convinced me that I don't just like one genre, that I can appreciate different things from different times. It was an eye-opener to a kid who was stubborn and only read the same thing. Hopefully this is still being an eyeopener to other kids out there.