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It's a hot day and Sophie sits alone making daisy chains. She has her favourite book, about a girl and a secret garden, and is feeling sleepy. Beside her is a high brick wall and she wonders if it could be hiding an old magical garden. As her eyes begin to close, a robin flies down and drops a key into her hands - and her dream-like adventure begins A beautiful hide and seek picture book inspired by the classic story "The Secret in the Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Perfect for Children of all ages.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-This lovely picture book draws inspiration from the childhood classic and is quite effective in its presentation. On a hot, sunny day, Sophie is reading in the grass when she sees "-something glimmering in the trees. What could it be?" A robin drops a key into her hands, which unlocks a door to a lush garden, and much more. A treasure hunt begins with more clues, delivered by forest animals, and revealed through small die-cut holes in the pages. Sophie finds a hat, a doll, and a jump rope, and with each new acquisition remarks, "Somebody will be looking for this!" In the end, the treasure is a new friend. The vibrant, rich colors of the flowers against the soft pastel watercolors of the sky, grass, and trees bring to life what Frances Hodgson Burnett's words inspire in one's imagination. The combination of breathtaking impressionistic illustrations that call to mind a Monet painting with clues delivered in a clever way reminiscent of Eric Carle's Secret Birthday Message (HarperCollins, 1972) results in a masterful homage to Burnett's original tale.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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Book Description Chicken House Ltd, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1903434580