The Secret Garden (Paperback)
"The Secret Garden should be on every child's bookshelf."—Amanda Craig, The Time
An enchanting story of transformation and compassion, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is widely considered to be one of the most important works of children’s literature. After her parents die of cholera, Mary Lennox, a difficult and sickly little girl, is brought from India to her mysterious uncle’s sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Mary continues in her self-absorbed ways until one day she discovers a hidden and neglected garden adjoining her uncle’s mansion. When she meets Ben Weatherstaff, a curt but gentle gardener, and discovers her hidden-away invalid cousin, Colin Craven, the three come together to tend the garden, and Mary’s life—as well as the lives of those around her—begins to change in unforeseen ways.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition published in 1911.
Praise for The Secret Garden
“It is only the exceptional author who can write a book about children with sufficient skill, charm, simplicity, and significance to make it acceptable to both young and old. Mrs. Burnett is one of the few thus gifted.”—The New York Times
About the Author
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester, England, but moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, as a teenager. She wrote more than forty books and is most famous for LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY, A LITTLE PRINCESS, and THE SECRET GARDEN.
Inga Moore is a distinguished author and illustrator of children’s books whose illustrated titles include THE RELUCTANT DRAGON, HORSE TALES, and an acclaimed version of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. She lives in England.
A handsome oversize edition Moore’s detailed ink and watercolor paintings portray the
English countryside and breathe life into the young protagonists.
—School Library Journal
Moore's illustrations open out like an invitation to walk in the garden ourselves.