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The Secret Garden: An Illustrated Edition

The Secret Garden book

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This review was written by: Joni McNeal

About the Book

This illustrated edition of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett breathes new life into a timeless tale of second chances, found family, and the healing power of nature. Rediscover The Secret Garden with this lush, illustrated volume featuring unabridged text and beautiful paintings by Kate Lewis, created especially for this edition. A delightful blend of classic literature and contemporary art, this is a keepsake to be handed down through the generations, appealing to both long-time fans and new readers.

The narrative follows Mary Lennox, a spoiled and lonely orphan who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in a gloomy manor on the Yorkshire moors. As Mary discovers a neglected garden, she embarks on a transformative journey of friendship, healing, and renewal. Burnett’s writing, rich with descriptive language and evocative imagery, paints a vivid picture of the character’s emotional and physical rejuvenation as the garden begins to bloom once more.

Lewis’s illustrations are the true highlight of this edition. Her artwork is lush and detailed, capturing the magic and beauty of the secret garden with a contemporary touch that resonates with modern readers. The illustrations seamlessly complement the text, adding depth and a visual dimension that are sure to enhance your experience. Lewis’s use of color and intricate detailing brings the garden to life, making it almost tangible.

The Secret Garden has enchanted readers for more than a century and this edition retains the novel’s original charm and profound themes while making it accessible to a whole new generation of young explorers. Burnett’s timeless storytelling and Lewis’s captivating illustrations combine to make this the perfect gift and a treasured addition to any collection.

About the Author & Illustrator

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924) was an English American author and playwright best remembered for her beloved children’s stories, “The Secret Garden” and “The Little Princess.” Kate Lewis is an artist and the co-author of “Artists in Residence.” She lives in Tennessee with her family.

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