Mary is an unhappy little girl who is forced to move to her uncle's manor in England when a fever sweeps through her home in India, killing her parents. While in England Mary discovers a secret garden, one that has been kept locked for ten years, and she has decided to find a way in. Mary discovers her sickly cousin Colin hidden in the manor and tells him of the secret garden. When Mary and Colin discover a way into the garden, will they discover the magic that lives inside it as well? An adapted version of the original story, this chapter book is excellent for early readers with simple sentences and illustrations.
The story of an unhappy little girl, her invalid cousin, and the healing power of friendship and love. Reading level: 4.8.
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester. She had a very poor upbringing and used to escape from the horror of her surroundings by writing stories. In 1865 her family emigrated to the USA where she married and became the successful author of many children's books including Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden.
"This adaptation has its own special appeal. Although considerably shorter than the original, it remains faithful to the plot. Allen's oversize chalk drawings are handsome. Children sometimes pass over Burnett's story because by the time they are able to read it, they are no longer interested in the subject. For them, this adaptation will work well."--Booklist.
From the Hardcover edition.