Reviews for Frances Hodgson Burnett's the Secret Garden

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
This attractive new edition of Burnett's classic story about the healing power of a garden benefits from Moore's detailed ink and watercolor art. The book is heavily illustrated with scenes grand and expansive in addition to smaller, close-up views of plant and animal life. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 October
This new edition of Burnett?s well-loved classic illustrated in ink and watercolor will stand up well against Tasha Tudor?s 1930 version, and is much more engaging than some more recent editions. The story of Mary Lennox, Dickin, and Collin needs no retelling, but the size of the book, about one foot tall, and the new illustrations should be considered if newer versions of the story are needed. The illustrator, who lives in England, has captured the Victorian era in detail, the Yorkshire landscape, and the changes in the garden over time. The children, too, are more lifelike contrasting nicely with the sweetness of Tudor?s illustrations and line drawings. The cover, with its embossed gold lettered title is a wraparound scene inviting the reader to enter into the garden along with Mary as she hears the robin?s winter song. There are nice details in the other drawings, particularly the flowers, even if some of the animals appear a bit too Beatrix Potterish for me. Perhaps Moore will undertake Burnett?s other works and give them an English feel. Recommended. Leslie Greaves Radloff, Teacher/ Librarian, St. Anthony Park Elementary School, St. Paul, Minnesota ¬ 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 June

Gr 3-6-- First published in 1911, Burnett's tale of burgeoning self-awareness, newfound friendship, and the healing effects of nature is presented in an elegant, oversize volume and handsomely illustrated with Moore's detailed ink and watercolor paintings. Cleanly laid-out text pages are balanced by artwork ranging from delicate spot images to full-page renderings. The outdoor scenes are beautifully depicted, presenting realistic images of animals and flowers, with the hues gradually warming in sync with the story's progression from winter's browns and beiges to the lush colors of spring. The young protagonists--lonely Mary Lennox; her sickly and spoiled cousin, Colin; and likable local lad Dickon--bound to life in the evocative paintings, which reflect the wonders of transformations in both nature and in a child's heart. All in all, a lovely interpretation.--Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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