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Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and finds an invalid cousin and a mysterious locked garden
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Grade 1-4-- Although this abridged version of Burnett's classic novel retains the order of narrative events found in her work, the bare-bones style has little of the flavor of the original. The condensation all but eliminates descriptive passages and fails to develop characters such as Ben Weatherstaff, Susan Sowerby, and Archibald Craven. The time from Colin's entry into the garden through his recovery is severely compressed. Nor can the illustrations earn a purchase recommendation on their own merits. Figures are stiff and lifeless, and the colors are unappealing. In the final painting, for example, the complexions of all the characters are a sickly green. Adults who want to share their own remembered enjoyment of Burnett's work with their children would be well advised to read the original aloud to young listeners or wait until they are old enough to read the complete novel themselves. --Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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Book Description Courage Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0894718606 . Seller Inventory # Z0894718606ZN
Book Description Courage Books, 1991. Condition: New. Dale Crawford (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0894718606
Book Description Courage Books, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110894718606