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Read Alouds - The Secret Garden
We loved reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, earlier this year. I was initially concerned that this would seem too "girly" for my 7 and 10 yr old sons but they soon became enthralled with the story of Mary Lennox, her early life in India and her trip back to England after her parents died of "the Cholera".
This book was a springboard to conversations and investigations into many things including: the British in India, sea voyages and vessels, wealth and poverty, life on the Moors, childhood illnesses, friendship, animal husbandry and zoology and, of course, gardening.
We were thrilled to find amongst our family tree two men who had been born in Yorkshire (the setting of the novel). We listened to parts of it as an Audiobook and both boys were later heard speaking to each other with broad Yorkshire accents!