Last week, a surprise arrived in the mail. You see, way back in 2013, I entered a contest run by a couple of awesome kid lit bloggers and won. The prize was to have been a box full of the best books of the year. Unfortunately, the box never came. I received an email at one point, apologizing for its tardiness, but I still never received my prize. It was a bit disappointing, and honestly, it reminded me of why I don't run contests or sell things over eBay or Etsy. I hate mailing packages. I forgot all about it.
Surprise! Last week, I received two gift cards to Schuler Books, an independent store in Michigan, with a note of apology. How exciting is that? Especially given that the day the cards arrived, it was freezing cold and snowy and I was feeling very bookish. I placed my first order right away.
This is one of the books I ordered.
I love The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I first read it in fifth grade, while attending the school my daughters attend now. I remember, Mary Anne Spier was reading it in one of The Baby-Sitters Club books. We watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie version in Library, too. (That one has a weird tacked-on ending, but it also has the kid from The Neverending Story.) I finally read it after reading A Little Princess, also by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My dad bought me a little Apple Classics paperback ($2.50!) at the mall.
I loved this book. I loaned it to my mother, then read it again when she finished it. I mean, look at that cover! That is a well-worn, well-loved book!
While I still have my childhood copy, as well as the beautiful Annotated Secret Garden, it's hard to resist a pretty, illustrated hardcover.
Let's open my new copy, shall we?
Oh, look - end papers. Let us take a moment to drool over the beautiful end papers.
Of course, looking at the title page, you can see why I just had to have this particular copy.
|The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Lauren Child.|
A Puffin Deluxe Hardcover Classic. Puffin, 2013.
Last week, it was cold and snowy. Today, it is in the 60s. It felt like spring all weekend. While I am still more of a fall and winter girl, I admit there is a little part of me that looks forward to (early) spring. Easter eggs and daffodils and green all around. I think I'll re-read The Secret Garden!
Penguin and Puffin do such an amazing job on their classics, right? My only quibble would be that the book is bound so tightly that it's difficult to hold open.
Minor quibble. I'll live.
I'll have another Lauren Child book on the blog tomorrow.
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