"Th’ two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way—or always to have it." -Martha, from the book
"In The Secret Garden, Burnett shows the ugliness of human behavior and then, as if to shake her fists at her critics, overcomes human depravity with the power of Spring. Although her depictions of rebirth deserve criticism, the story’s message is one that Christians should heed—beauty and goodness will always triumph over the harsh 'realism' of Winter." -From Amanda Ryan's Introduction
Transplanted from India to her reclusive uncle’s manor, Mary Lennox finds little on the wintry Scottish moor to distract her from the fact that she has always been sick and has never cared about anyone else (even before her parents died). But there’s something hidden at Misselthwaite Manor, and the less Mary thinks about her problems, the more strong and cheerful she grows. She and her new friend—an affectionate little robin—discover a key and unlock some forbidden old secrets, bringing unexpected life and color to the dreary old house and its mysteries.
This Canon Classic about lonely kids, discovery, and healing is a perennial on “best children’s books of all time” lists. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics are printed on thicker text stock and feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.
This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.