I chose this for a few reasons.
1. I already owned a copy.
2. It is found in the children's section.
3. I had seen the movie several times and the musical (yes they made a musical).
Here is a secret...I have owned this book for 22 years and never read it until now. My Great Aunt Jeannie gave me a copy way back in the 80's! (OMG I am old.)
If you've never read the book, The Secret Garden is about a girl who moves to live with her uncle after her parents die. Mary is spoiled and quite contrary. She meets 2 boys at her new home. Dickon has a way with animals and nature, and Colin is spoiled, bedridden, and has been told his whole life that he is about to die. Mary discovers a secret garden that has been locked up for 10 years and she and her friends bring it back to life. Everyone lives happily ever after.
I liked the book but I didn't love it. Perhaps it was the written Yorkshire language that got to me, but I think, had I not been familiar with the story, I would have liked it more. All in all, it was nice to read a classic, accomplish a goal, and finally make use of a thoughtful gift.
Now that I have tackled a classic (however juvenile it may be) I am ready for further adventures into "old" books!