This week I read a classic and a newbie. The classic was The Secret Garden. A perfect read for the spring with new plants growing everywhere. The newbie was Erin Stead’s soon to be released Goodbye Stranger.
I like the idea of reading an old classic along side a more up to date or modern text. They are not the best pairing and it was not my intention to pair them but found myself reflecting on both since I read them within days of each other.
They both dealt with
- relationships between males and females
- and the understanding of what it means to be a true friend.
Stead’s book was dealing directly with coming of age boy girl relations and the ease with which we find our selves a part of bullying (in this case cyber bullying). Stead did a masterful job of leading us through the story. She built the plot dilemma slowing and carefully. It is what she did with When You Reach Me as well. I have to admit it was a bit slow getting started but if you stick with it you learn to really care about the characters that drive the story.
The Secret Garden is also a coming of age story but from a long time ago with two spoiled children who learn the world is a much better place when you treat people with respect and care.
The Secret Garden does hold up over time although there are a few passages that younger readers may want to skip over. Burnett can be a bit preachy as she brings her story to a conclusion. Her message is still of valve and her descriptions of the Yorkshire country side are a perfect read during the spring growing season.
New Reads: This week I am turning to adult books to read Judy Blume’s new release – The Unlikely Event. I plan to finish Echo as well- an amazing little books so far!
Book a Day goal for me was really a book a week but have found myself finishing two books this first week of June. We will see if I can keep up the pace.
What Classic do you plan to reread this summer? What current read might be a nice pairing with your classic?
The Secret Garden was paired with the picture book And Then It’s Spring? for my children’s book club this month. A nice fit!