The Secret Garden
Retold by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Shaw Davidson
Mary Lennox has been ‘sent across the seas to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven.’ Yet he, like The Secret Garden, is hidden and distant. However, as angry Mary Lennox begins to explore her new Yorkshire home, she begins to unpick the limbo of Misselthwaite Manor.
Who is the howling boy she hears in the house and why does Mrs Medlock deny what is evident? Furthermore, what is behind the closed off garden walls? Then, what discoveries will the robin lead Mary to make? Why do the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor seem to inspire Mary? Could it be something to do with new growth, a friendship with Dickon and thereafter something that could restore Colin?
Claire Freedman and Shaw Davidson retell and illustrate this classic children’s book perfectly. This is such a respectful, beautiful interpretation. It seems like we are discovering the setting and story with Mary Lennox in some way. Like Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton’s reimagining of Peter Pan The Secret Garden is an invitation to new readers to discover an essential story. Bookwagon is proud to share this book with our readers.