Presented by: Gefen Eglash
7th Grade Dovrim
Date: 3, February 2015
Presented to: Pearl
Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Francis Hodgson Burnett
Date of publication: 1911
Genre: Family, relationships
Synopsis: It is about a young girl called Mary Lennox whose mum and dad die in India and she is sent to live with her uncle in a big house in England.
Mary is very spoiled but when she gets to her uncle’s house she has a maid that tells her stories about her mothers sister and about how she always spent time in a beautiful garden. The maid tells Mary how one day her aunt sat in a tree and fell out and died. Then her uncle locked the door of the garden and buried the key so no one else could get in.
One day, Mary finds the key buried in the ground and goes into the garden. She meets a bird and the bird shows her around the garden and shows her all the flowers.
One day she meets a boy called Dickon, her maid’s brother. He is really good with plants and animals, so she shows him the secret garden. They play there together.
One night, Mary hears some crying and she follows the noise. She discovers that there is a boy in a secret room, who she realizes is her cousin. He is called Colin. He has a problem with his spine and is in a wheelchair.
She takes him to the secret garden, where his mom always played and where she died.
One day she takes Colin into the secret garden to play and he starts to walk. He falls over at first but then tries his best to walk.
Main Character: Her name is Mary Lennox. She is 10-years-old. She has brown hair and has bangs. In the beginning she is very spoiled, she does not even know how to get dressed on her own. During the book, however, she starts to get less spoiled and less mean. In the beginning, she does not have any friends but she learns how to make friends.
Opinion: I really loved this story because it taught me that you should not be too spoiled and if you get something then you need to be happy that you got it. In the beginning of the book, I was a little bit scared because I learned about all the stuff that happened to Mary, about how she did not even know how to cry and I felt bad for her but then the book became happier and more positive. It showed me that even when bad things happen, everything can work out fine in the end.
Example: The part in the book that I really liked was when Mary helps Colin get better and shows him how to walk. This teaches him to be less spoiled. Also, because of Mary, Colin and his dad become close again.
Recommend: I would recommend this book because it teaches you that you should always be happy with what you have and not be too spoiled, even if you have a lot of money and servants and maids. Maybe you won’t have everything you want and maybe you will but you should always be happy with what you have.