Friday, October 8, 2010

100 Greatest Books #95 - The Secret Garden

The next book on my 100 Greatest Books of All Time list is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet. You can find this book on the BBC and My Book lists.

For a children's book this was not what I was expecting. I was expecting more of the same from what I have read in my daughter's other books including some of the ones on this list but this book was actually very good. The lessons that the story espouses we remarkably poignant. Demonstrating that children are not a product of their birth but more a product of their upbringing. And that children who seem completely lost to the point that nobody could care for them, somebody still might and bring that child back from the brink to live a normal, happy, and fulfilling childhood. I would have to recommend this to any parent and child as a lesson in how to view life. Although the parts about the "Magic" did seem a bit too preachy for my taste, it did not get that bad and/or cheesy.