May 9, 2021
10 AM and 12 PM
|Set at the beginning of the 20th Century in Yorkshire,
England, this classic tale begins with Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old
who was orphaned when her parents died in a cholera epidemic.
A sallow, disagreeable child, she arrives from India to live with
her uncle, Archilbald Craven, at his isolated mansion in the Yorkshire
moors. Although she is ignored by her unhappy uncle, Mary finds
kindness in the housemaid Martha, Martha's brother Dicken, and
her mysterious, invalid cousin, Colin. Mary becomes fascinated
with the story of a secret, walled garden, locked up for years
after the death of her uncle's wife. When she finally discovers
the key to the garden, she finds it totally dead, or so it seems.
But Dicken tells her that it may be alive, or "wick,"
after all. Together, they work in the garden in order to bring
it back to life, and in the process, other people are moved to
change as well. (Recommended for grades K-middle.)