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Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Abridged by Jesse Kornbluth & Paige Peterson

Illustrated by Paige Peterson

A new addition to

the collection of updated

classic books for children

Abridged by Jesse Kornbluth & Paige Peterson

Illustrated by Paige Peterson


In the heart of a brooding manor shrouded in fog and grief, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden blossoms into a tale of resilience, rediscovery, and the transformative power of nature. Forget sugarplums and reindeer, for here, amidst hidden pathways and forgotten corners, a young girl named Mary Lennox unlocks a portal to magic, healing, and the spirit of springtime, even in the depths of winter.

Ten-year-old Mary, orphaned and sent to live with her reclusive uncle on the brooding Yorkshire moors, is a creature of shadows, withered by loss and loneliness. The vast, silent house echoes with the ghosts of a tragic past, its gardens left to wilt beneath neglect. But beneath the frost-kissed earth, a secret whispers, waiting to be awakened.

One brisk December morning, drawn by the chirp of a robin, Mary stumbles upon an abandoned garden, a place frozen in time, forgotten dreams tangled with overgrown roses. With the unwavering spirit of a young explorer, she begins to breathe life back into this hidden haven. Armed with a trowel and a thirst for sunlight, she pries open the gates, letting in the wind and the whispers of hope.

As the season changes, so does Mary. The garden becomes her sanctuary, a canvas for her dreams and a playground for her spirit. Each budding leaf and blooming flower mirrors her own blossoming, her laughter echoing through the once-silent grounds. She forms an unlikely friendship with Dickon, a Yorkshire lad with a talent for talking to animals, and Colin, her sickly cousin confined to a darkened room.

Together, they transform the secret garden into a vibrant tapestry of life. Dickon's whistling and Colin's laughter fill the air as Mary nurtures not just the garden, but their hearts and spirits. She teaches Colin to walk under the sun, to feel the earth beneath his feet, and to rediscover the joy of living.

The Secret Garden is more than just a children's tale; it's a testament to the transformative power of nature and the human spirit. It's a reminder that even amidst the bleakest winters, hope can bloom, friendships can blossom, and forgotten corners can rediscover the magic of life. It's a story that whispers to us even in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, urging us to open our hearts to the simple joys, to nurture the gardens within ourselves, and to believe in the possibility of rebirth, even on the coldest of December days.

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