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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
Children's Classics


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Published by The Penguin Group, 1994
ISBN 0-14-036666-0
Illustrations © Robin Lawrie, 1994

Mary Lennox is a spoiled, self-centred child. Her parents die in India of cholera and Mary is the only survivor in the house. Her mother and father were preoccupied with their own lives and never showed her any love. The only one who cared for her was her nurse or Ayah, but she also died in the cholera epidemic.

Mary moves home to England to be brought up by her uncle, whom she has never met. She discovers she has a cousin, Colin, a sickly child, abandoned to the care of the housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. She also discovers that her new home in England is not a happy one.

Mary soon discovers a walled garden neglected and overgrown. With the help of Dickon, the servant boy, and Colin, they bring the garden back to its former beauty and in doing so, heal their own hearts and souls.

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