The Secret Garden – Retold by Elizabeth Goodnight; Illustrated by Toko Hosoya

     The Secret Garden – 10 Minute Classics,  Retold by Elizabeth Goodnight;  Illustrated by Toko Hosoya;  Flowerpot Press; 9781486711994; 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  Classic, Children’s Picture book

What did you like about the book? The 10 Minute Classic successfully condensed “The Secret Garden” very effectively. The illustrations captured the era realistically and the garden’s unique setting. Mary’s emotional growth was simply outlined, from Colin’s renewed health to the rebirth of the family’s happiness in the secret garden. It was a successful taste of a complicated classic.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I hope that a condensed simplified version of this classic accurately plants a literature seed for children to read the original when older.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents and children that enjoy our literary classics, and appreciate complicated literature.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, Middle school remedial reading teachers to encourage classic literature

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 5/11/2017


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