I remember watching the film ‘The Secret Garden’ when I was much younger. It made me wish that I, myself, had a secret garden. I adored the passages and the flowers and the much kept secrets that hid within. It was only recently when I was looking for a children’s book to review that I stumbled across ‘The Secret Garden’ and decided that a sheer classic like this definitely deserves a review.
The book itself was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and was originally published in 1911. This certainly puts many people off reading the book, due to the fact it was published very early in the 20th century and therefore is deemed ‘ancient’ and ‘unworthy of a read’. However, this is a false accusation, it is a brilliant book to read! It details the life of Mary Lennox, an orphan, and who has recently vacated from India to the Yorkshire Moors due to a recent cholera outbreak. She discovers many secrets and with the help of her two, new friends discovers a way to get into the old mansion. The book is quoted as being a book of happiness with a clear, distinctive theme of this running throughout.
The book has consequently been made into many dramatical readaptations and became a much loved children television series. Even my mum enjoyed watching this programme as a child and bought the film, hence how I was introduced to it!
I highly recommend many children to read this classic, and many parents to introduce their children to it! However, I believe it can be read by anyone. It is a piece of classic literature from over 100 years ago, a definite read!
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”