Stories For Kids

The Secret Garden

Little Mary Lennox is a bad-tempered, disagreeable child. When her parents die in India, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle in a big, lonely, old house.

There is nothing to do all day except walk in the gardens – and watch the robin flying over the high walls of the secret garden . . . which has been locked for ten years. And no one has the key.


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  1. angel: a messenger from God, or a very good person
  2. bad-tempered: often cross and angry
  3. bury (past tense buried): to put a person or thing in the ground
  4. confused: not able to think clearly, or to understand something
  5. cousin: the child of your uncle or aunt
  6. dialect: a different way of speaking the same language in a different part of a country (e.g. Yorkshire)
  7. disagreeable: not pleasing; bad-tempered
  8. furious: very angry
  9. handsome: good-looking (usually for a boy or a man)
  10. hop (past tense hopped): to jump on one foot
  11. horrid: bad, terrible, not at all nice
  12. magic: something strange that can make wonderful, unusual things happen
  13. shocked: very surprised (by something unpleasant)
  14. skip (past tense skipped): to jump again and again over a rope that you are swinging
  15. stare: to look at someone for a long time
  16. tears: drops of water that come from your eyes when you cry
  17. ugly: not beautiful
  18. wander: to walk slowly with no special plan
  19. whisper: to speak very softly and quietly.



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