Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Freebie: The Secret Garden and 1936: On the Continent

   Today is Friday and Barnes and Noble has some interesting classics to give away today. These are also available for Kindle. The first one is a travel guide, but with this guide, you are going to travel back in time. The book is '1936 - On The Continent' by Fodor's. This is a reprint of the guide Fodor's printed just before WWII, and will give you a glimpse of Europe 'back in the day' before war broke out and changed Europe.
  You can pick up the Kindle version here or the Nook version here.

   In honor of Mother's Day, Barnes and Noble is giving away a childhood classic, 'The Secret Garden' by Francis Hodgson Burnette. This was a favorite in our house when my daughter was little. Here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble.
Though Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than forty books, none remains so popular as her miraculous and magical masterpiece, The Secret Garden. Has any story ever dared to begin by calling its heroine, the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen and, just a few sentences later, as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived? Mary Lennoxis the little pig, sent to Misselthwaite Manor, on the Yorkshire moors, to live with her uncle after her parents die of cholera. There she discovers her sickly cousin Colin, who is equally obnoxious and imperious. Both love no one because they have never been loved. They are the book s spiritual secret gardens, needing only the right kind of care to bloom into lovely children.

Mary also discovers a literal secret garden, hidden behind a locked gate on her uncle s estate, neglected for the ten years since Colin s birth and his mother s death. Together with a local child named Dickon, Mary and Colin transform the garden into a paradise bursting with life and color. Through their newfound mutual love of nature, they nurture each other, until they are brought back to health and happiness.

   You can pick up the classic edition for Nook here, for Kindle here, or for Kobo here

   Barnes and Noble also has a special, just for young readers, edition available for Nook here.

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