It's been decades since I read this book last. I read it multiple times when I was a kid and in my teens, but haven't had time for it since. Until now! I nabbed one of the gorgeous hardcover copies from Barnes & Noble when they were having a sale and decided it would be a perfect book to read aloud to my kids.
And we definitely enjoyed it! I had fun trying to do the Yorkshire accents (which I'm sure I butchered atrociously) and they had fun watching Mary and Colin turn from selfish brats into nice people. Because I love gardening and my kids get to help me in our flower and vegetable gardens, they could relate really well to a lot of what happened in this book.
But I had either forgotten or just not paid attention to the mystical ideas of Magic in this book. We had some good discussions about how Magic does not make flowers grow or people get well, and how misguided these poor kids were because the adults in their lives weren't teaching them the truth about God. There's also an emphasis on the power of positive thinking, basically, and some pretty humanistic stuff about people becoming good by trying to be good. I was a bit disappointed by all that, to be honest, as I hadn't remembered it at all.
Still, it's a lovely story of selfish people learning to care for things and people beyond themselves, and I do still enjoy it.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G.
This is my 48th book read and reviewed for my second Classics Club list.