The Secret Garden

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

“One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children’s literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911.”

Like many, I read The Secret Garden when I was very young. I remember always feeling so hopeful by the Magic that the children believed in with the whole hearts. Over the years I have picked this up to read many times and each time I read it I am reminded of how powerful the Magic is. Reading The Secret Garden again in the time and place we find ourselves today, I am once again reminded of how powerful our own thoughts can be.

“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts-just mere thoughts-are as powerful as electric batteries-as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.”

How wonderful it is to be reminded that we all hold a bit of Magic and we have the power to grown our own beautiful gardens.

“When you tend a rose, my lad,
A thistle cannot grow”

The version of The Secret Garden I chose to read was Barnes and Noble Classics. This book was beautifully illustrated by Charles Robinson.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“People never like me and I never like people.”

“It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before.”

“Don’t let us talk about dying; I don’t like it. Let us talk about living.”

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