The Secret Garden

by Kathleen on January 20, 2013

I’m not sure where our copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden came from. We’re lucky enough to have a hardcover version of the Tasha Tudor edition, printed on smooth, substantial paper, and worthy of being handed down. The Secret Garden was our first experiment with a family read-aloud – Calder hasn’t been up for the books Tessa was ready for – and it was an unqualified success.

How could be anything else?

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A beautiful garden, coming to life in the depths of a Maine winter.

And this wisdom, coming through unnameable depths:

To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live….
Much more surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in the same place.

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