The Secret Garden

Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Ebook
On sale Jan 10, 2017 | 24 Pages | 9780399552267
A picture book retelling, perfect for the youngest readers, of the beloved classic children's story—and new movie starring Colin Firth, coming to theaters April 2020.

“A key!” cried Mary. “Is it the key to the secret garden?”
 
This story of a key that leads a lonely girl to a secret garden is a beloved children’s classic. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel, this retelling, simply and warmly written, will charm young readers. They’ll fall in love with Mary, her gentle friend Dickon, and the beautiful garden they bring to life. And the lush pictures by Brigette Barrager, illustrator of Uni the Unicorn, will let young children feel they've entered the garden themselves.
FRANCES GILBERT is a children's book editor and the author of the picture books Go, Girls, Go!, Too Much Slime!, and I Will Always Be Your Bunny; the Step Into Reading leveled readers I Love Pink!, I Love My Tutu!, I Love My Grandma!, I Love Cake! and I Love My Teacher!; and an abridgement of The Secret Garden for Little Golden Books. Follow her on Twitter at @GoGirlsGoBooks. View titles by Frances Gilbert
Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. After Burnett's father’s death in 1853, her mother ran the family’s iron foundry until the American Civil War caused the business to fail. Destitute, the Hodgsons moved to Tennessee in 1865 to stay with relatives in a log cabin. Burnett lived there until 1873, when she married a doctor, Swan Burnett, whom she later divorced in 1898. She married Peter Townsend, an actor, in 1900. In her teens Burnett had written stories and tales to help support the family and later claimed never to have written a manuscript that was not published. Her first widespread success came with That Lass o’ Lowrie’s in 1877, a tale of the Lancashire coal mines. But it was the publication of Little Lord Fauntleroy, in 1886, that brought the author fame and wealth and established Cedric as the model for a generation of young boys. Sara Crewe was published in 1888, and the rags-to-riches story was so successful that Burnett revised, expanded, and republished it in 1905 as A Little Princess. The beloved The Secret Garden appeared four years later to enormous critical and popular acclaim. A prolific writer, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than 40 novels and plays and dozens of short stories during her lifetime. She died in Plandome, New York, on October 29, 1924. View titles by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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BRIGETTE BARRAGER is an artist, writer, designer, and illustrator of children’s books, including the bestselling picture book Uni the Unicorn and the Louise Trapeze series. She attended the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned a degree in Character Animation. Visit Brigette at brigetteb.com. View titles by Brigette Barrager

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A picture book retelling, perfect for the youngest readers, of the beloved classic children's story—and new movie starring Colin Firth, coming to theaters April 2020.

“A key!” cried Mary. “Is it the key to the secret garden?”
 
This story of a key that leads a lonely girl to a secret garden is a beloved children’s classic. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel, this retelling, simply and warmly written, will charm young readers. They’ll fall in love with Mary, her gentle friend Dickon, and the beautiful garden they bring to life. And the lush pictures by Brigette Barrager, illustrator of Uni the Unicorn, will let young children feel they've entered the garden themselves.

Author

FRANCES GILBERT is a children's book editor and the author of the picture books Go, Girls, Go!, Too Much Slime!, and I Will Always Be Your Bunny; the Step Into Reading leveled readers I Love Pink!, I Love My Tutu!, I Love My Grandma!, I Love Cake! and I Love My Teacher!; and an abridgement of The Secret Garden for Little Golden Books. Follow her on Twitter at @GoGirlsGoBooks. View titles by Frances Gilbert
Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849. After Burnett's father’s death in 1853, her mother ran the family’s iron foundry until the American Civil War caused the business to fail. Destitute, the Hodgsons moved to Tennessee in 1865 to stay with relatives in a log cabin. Burnett lived there until 1873, when she married a doctor, Swan Burnett, whom she later divorced in 1898. She married Peter Townsend, an actor, in 1900. In her teens Burnett had written stories and tales to help support the family and later claimed never to have written a manuscript that was not published. Her first widespread success came with That Lass o’ Lowrie’s in 1877, a tale of the Lancashire coal mines. But it was the publication of Little Lord Fauntleroy, in 1886, that brought the author fame and wealth and established Cedric as the model for a generation of young boys. Sara Crewe was published in 1888, and the rags-to-riches story was so successful that Burnett revised, expanded, and republished it in 1905 as A Little Princess. The beloved The Secret Garden appeared four years later to enormous critical and popular acclaim. A prolific writer, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than 40 novels and plays and dozens of short stories during her lifetime. She died in Plandome, New York, on October 29, 1924. View titles by Frances Hodgson Burnett
© Janine Ker
BRIGETTE BARRAGER is an artist, writer, designer, and illustrator of children’s books, including the bestselling picture book Uni the Unicorn and the Louise Trapeze series. She attended the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned a degree in Character Animation. Visit Brigette at brigetteb.com. View titles by Brigette Barrager

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