The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett’s story The Secret Garden won Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

The Secret Garden’s main character Mary Lennox was born in an Indian village where the cholera epidemic had killed her mother and father. However, she had already accustomed herself to being alone. Her mother had time for parties but no time for her daughter. Her father was too occupied with work to find time for Mary.

She eventually came to live with her uncle Mr Craven who was traumatised by the death of his wife. She died giving birth to son Colin. He basically grew up being abandoned by his father who just mourned his wife constantly. Mr Craven had a garden but no-one had access to it because he had buried the keys to the secret garden that his wife so adored.

Nobody knew how to get to the garden. Then a robin showed Mary the hidden key. The garden had fallen into neglect. Mary began to maintain the garden. She met a country boy Dickon. The book reveals how the three children and the garden work magic between them and their lives change forever.

ISBN: 9781853261046

I read this children’s book in my childhood and loved it. Now I read it with my three children (7, 9 and 10 years old) and they love the Secret Garden too.

It is an amazing story. The time described in this book is far from our computer era but there are some vital questions still valid for the modern day, not only for children but for adults too.

This children’s book was my favourite book when I was a kid. I’m happy that this story is one of my daughter’s favourite books too.




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