The Secret Garden, Paperback
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Published to coincide with the 2011 centennial of "The Secret Garden's" publication, this "Penguin Threads" edition of the classic children's tale includes cover art by Jillian Tamaki and deluxe French flaps.

Commissioned by award-winning Penguin art director Paul Buckley, the "Penguin Threads" series debuts with cover art by Jillian Tamaki for three gift-worthy "Penguin Classics".

Sketched out in a traditional illustrative manner, then hand stitched using needle and thread, the final covers are sculpt embossed for a tactile, textured, and beautiful book design that will appeal to the Etsy[trademark]-loving world of handmade crafts.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780143106456



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A charming children's story, beautifully repackaged by Penguin. Mary Lennox, a 'hard, little, unloving girl', is orphaned in India, and sent home to stay in her uncle's house in Yorkshire. There she meets housemaid Martha Sowerby, a chatty, pleasant young girl from a large family, Martha's brother Dickon - and her own long-lost cousin, Colin, 'a sickly boy who believed that he was going to die'. With the help of Dickon's green fingers, Mary brings her uncle's 'secret garden' back to life, and both she and Colin learn how to be happy, lively children. The first half of the story is magical, a ghost story filled with locked rooms and walled gardens. Mary is a prickly young child, unwanted by her parents but spoiled and demanding - Mrs Hodgson Burnett calls her 'little, thin, sallow, ugly Mary', and a 'disagreeable child' - yet the reader cannot help but pity her. The second half is too full of magic and miracles for my cynical taste, but the younger, intended audience cannot fail to be enchanted. I'm only sorry I took so long to read this delightful tale, discovered after watching the 1993 adaptation with Kate Maberly - Mary could have been my childhood idol!