Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Kindle ePUB or Pdf ) The Secret Garden

Summary The Secret Garden

She could never have imaginedWith a heartwarming introduction by Sophie Dahl The Secret Garden is one of the twenty best loved classic stories being launched in the Puffin Classics series in March 2015. I know this book seems out of place among the fare I usually read but hey all I can say is that I like what I like There is some intangible uality to this book that really strikes a chord in me The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love attention and forgive me an LDS joke wholesome recreational activities just somehow speaks Truth to me I think this book has strong application to today s problems with the rising generation I really believe that kids these days are getting fatter less healthy and less disciplined I think that a good romp on the heather and a breath of fresh air would do kids a lot of goodOn another level I really believe that some people are only as sick as they think they are Working in the healthcare field it s obvious to me that some people find it uite easy to take the role of a victim Again this book speaks Truth concerning the value of attitude and perspective in overcoming perceived problems and finding out that they weren t as bad as you thought they were

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The Secret Garden

After losing her parents young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors She is lonely and has no one to play with but one day she learns of a secret. Love love loveAlso counting this as my first BookTubeAThon read even if I read only 2 pages during the actual readathon I NEED ALL THE BOOKS I CAN GET

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Garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door Slowly she turns the key and enters a world. Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way or always to have it As a child I read this book at least four or five times along with Frances Hodgson Burnett s other childhood stories about Sarah Crewe Little Princess and Cedric Lord Fauntleroy They represented a rite of passage for me as a person and as a reader There is magic involved in coming of age stories where children strive to find the kind of life they are meant to live against all odds and I felt deeply satisfied each time I closed one of those books knowing that the protagonists had once again made it through various challenges to live a better natural and fulfilled lifeSo far so good Some childhood classics are better left alone later signifying a certain phase that can only be demystified by rereading leading to bitter disappointment and loss of the initial enchantment I hadn t touched The Secret Garden for decades as I feared the slightly exaggerated dramatised plot might put me off and destroy the magic of my memory But then I happened to discuss a phenomenon among students in a wealthy over privileged area Many children and teenagers appear phlegmatic angry frustrated lacking initiative to learn and develop and they demand unreasonable attention without showing any willingness to commit to tasks themselves We could not make sense of it seeing that these students had everything they needed and and met with no restrictions or boundaries from their parents Shouldn t they be happy But they aren t They are among the most neurotic anxious children I have ever metThat s when The Secret Garden came to my mind again an early case study of childhood neglect in wealthy environments in which children s physical and material needs are met but their psychological development is completely left untouched In The Secret Garden it is the poor but well raised and deeply loved local boy who shows the spoiled unhappy upper class children how to take on a responsible role for their life and how to make active and positive decisions rather than throwing fits to let others step in and take overChildren need boundaries and nurturing and meaningful connections to their surroundings If they are treated with fear and submission they will turn into tyrants to see how far they can go before they receive some kind of direct attention negative or positive If they are handled with too much severity they will duck and hide and develop chameleon like survival strategies To create a happy mature and responsible human being a balance between rights and duties must be struck with limits the child knows it cannot overstep without facing conseuences and with areas of creative experimentation where future freedom of choice can be safely practisedJust like a flower in a garden a child needs both space time and air and a lot of nurturing to blossom I am grateful for the connection I found between my childhood reading pleasure and the everyday worries I face in my profession A smile a word of encouragement a nudge in the right direction all the small signs that show students that their teachers believe in their power to achieve great things that s the magic of everyday life And giving in to their tantrums is not helping those sensitive plants grow It is stifling their development When they claim they are too tired or bored to read The Secret Garden and prefer to watch a movie version if at all they are in dire need of overcoming the obstacle of long term under stimulation than the protagonists of the story itself They need to be trained to love reading just like the two unhappy children in the mansion needed to be trained to show interest and care for the garden Responsibility and care are acuired skills


10 thoughts on “The Secret Garden

  1. says:

    I am now confused I do not know any what is my preference when it comes to booksWhen I was a kid I wanted to re

  2. says:

    Love love loveAlso counting this as my first BookTubeAThon read even if I read only 2 pages during the actual readathon I NEED ALL THE BOOKS I CAN GET

  3. says:

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden is a children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett first published as a book in 1911 after a version was published as an American magazine serial beginning in 1910 Set in England it is one of Burnett's most popular novels and is considered a classic of English children's literature S

  4. says:

    Book 16 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge

  5. says:

    “Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way or always to have it” As a child I read this book at least four or five times along with Frances Hodgson Burnett's other childhood stories about Sarah Crewe Little Princess and Cedric Lord Fauntleroy They represented a rite of passage for me as a person and as a re

  6. says:

    Two sickly arrogant lonely neglected little children from wealthy families both ten cousins live continents apart Mary Lennox in hot steamy colonial India and Colin Craven he in rainy cold Yorkshire northern England a cripple just before the start of the First World War they don't even known the other exists but will soon both like to show contempt to servants by yelling at them while giving orders Mary is s

  7. says:

    I first read this wonderful and evocative absolute and utter gem of a story at around the age of twelve and it was

  8. says:

    I know this book seems out of place among the fare I usually read but hey all I can say is that I like what I like There is some intangible uality to this book that really strikes a chord in me The whole idea of that sickly child being healed with love attention and forgive me an LDS joke wholesome recreational activities just someh

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    Genre Fiction ClassicPublication Date 1911Ofcourse there must be lots of Magic in this world he said wisely one day but people don't know what it is Begins as a slow story of an unwanted and ugly child who grew up to be very disagreeable Mistress Mary uite Contrary I felt that the curiosity element in this book is the strongest which makes us curious too Description of the moor its plants its breeze its dampness its a

  10. says:

    This was an absolute joy ride and like my friend Karin put it it was 'lovely and heartwarming' 😊