Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beautiful Book #6

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Inga Moore, Walker, 2007.

How does one take one of the best-loved children's novels, and historically one of the most beautifully illustrated, and make it a catch-your-breath-for-beauty classic? Igna Brown did just this with her 2007 take on The Secret Garden, an edition that doesn't try to compete with those illustrated by Charles Robinson, Tasha Tudor, Shirley Hughes, or any others. Every page is lush and detailed and you can't help but want to follow Mary and Colin on their journey of physical and spiritual healing.

I've posted some images here but someone has made a lovely YouTube tribute to the edition set to classical music should you want to see more. 

Now if only someone could put this limited-edition version by Lauren Child into my hot little hands, I'd be mighty grateful.

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