The Secret Garden

I like to think of myself as pretty well read, especially when it comes to children’s classics. Little House on the Prairie? Check. Tom Sawyer? Check. Charlotte’s Web? Check. The Secret Garden? Check, or at least I thought so. I thought wrong. I found out how lacking I was in the genre of children’s classics last week.  I was at the library with the kids and Olivia wanted to check out, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

I told her I had read the book as a kid, but wanted to read it again. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the book, so I thought it would be a good idea to re-read it. Now I know why I couldn’t remember it. I never read it. So much for me being a highfalutin well-read mom of children’s classics.

Olivia was gracious enough to let me read it first, while she got caught up on the latest Rainbow Fairies book. I’m pretty confident the Rainbow Fairies books will never become classics, and if they do, I still won’t be reading them. I’ve read one, and that was enough. After an in-depth discussion of the series with some friends, I know I’m not alone in my opinion of these books. Olivia however thinks otherwise, and I’m a believer that any reading my 2nd grader does is a good thing, even if it it’s not a classic. Heck, I’ve been known to read plenty of trashy books in my youth. Anyone remember the Sweet Valley High series? I’ve also been known to read trashy adult books.

But back to The Secret Garden. If you’re like me and haven’t read it, this is the perfect time. You can read the vivid descriptions of flowers beginning to bloom, while it’s also happening right out your window. It’s a really sweet book, with a great message. I finally finished reading it today, and now Olivia’s about two chapters into it. I can’t wait to talk to her about the book, and maybe turn this into a tradition. She’s already talking about reading Anne of Green Gables, yet another classic I haven’t read. It looks like I’ve got a long way to go to get caught up on some of the great children’s classics.

What’s some of your favorite children’s books?



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