Tasha Tuesday



“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden



   I can imagine, as an illustrator, being able to create the world of Frances Hodgeson Burnett's The Secret Garden was a fine project for Tasha. It combined so many thinged that she loves to draw--- especially children and flowers, as well as animals. It's such a timeless story, while at the same time so remotely set in a world and time very different than the one we're in today.


   I remember reading this book in the 4th grade. And then soon the film adaptation came out, which I loved. It was just so beautiful and the emotion to it was so dark and intense, for a children's movie. Or is it a children's movie? I admit, I find myself coaxing my girl to watch The Secret Garden instead of most of what's available to kids these days. I just love it, after all these years.


   I thought the book quote above was fitting not just for the story, but for Tasha too. I think Tasha would have no trouble at all seeing the world as a garden, or even creating a garden out of the world. What do you think? Do you see the whole world as a garden? Or is it a sentiment of children's stories? 


  I vote for garden....

20 comments

  1. I love that book too, I went to see a play of the secret garden as a kid and I remember sobbing my heart out.....but in a good way ;o)

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  2. That movie is still one of my favorite ones EVER. Honestly though, I can't recall ever reading the book! No better time than the present, eh? :)

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  3. Ååh, thanks so so much dear you! I have missed this one totally, how wonderful..tonight I´m going to the dvd store and look if they have it for rent..do you think they have, and if..we´re going to watch it this very evening. and the bood I just have to read too! I love children movies where it´s magic and lovely old houses..nature. I love of mine is Nanny Mcphee..both of them!!! Didn´t have the time mailing yesterday..this evening I will!!! thanks for all lovely inspiration ***

    love Lycke

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  4. I loved that story when I was a little girl but my book wasn't as wonderfully illustrated:)

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  5. Oh my I love The Secret Garden, and that film! I should really re-read it.

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  6. and about the garden..I feel it is a hidden place. with old beautful gates shutting the rest of the world out in a way..a place of peace and magic..somewhere you can always go..

    love Lycke

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  7. *sigh* I just love The Secret Garden, both the book and the film.

    I'd love to have my own secret garden one day, tucked away behind an iron gate locked by a big old key. Some where to sit and relax, listening to the bees and watching the flowers bloom. :-)

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  8. The Secret Hermit-
    I didnt know there was a play! I imagine it was emotional

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  9. Briana,
    its one of my favorites too. Other adaptations have come and gone, but this one seems so real. Love it. And love the clothes. I want to dress like a 10 year old victorian girl, haha!

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  10. Lycke,
    I hope you find it! I think you will love it. Its one of my favorite movies. Let me know what you think!

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  11. Mary Ann,
    Well, you must take a look at this book with the Tasha illustrations, its very lovely!

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  12. Ruth, I was just thinking the same thing :) to read it again!

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  13. Rachel,
    I hope one day you get your garden! I'd love an English garden one day myself :)

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  14. The movie was a favorite of mine growing up but I remember it being kind of strange the first time watching it because it was such a different movie compared to the typical Disney movies I was accustomed to watching at the time. But now I can appreciate the emotion and the story, I will definitely have to read the book.

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  15. Always one of my very favourite books, and some of the illustrations from different versions are just perfect. There was a BBC television adaptation that I have always preferred to the film ... did it air in the US? If you ever get a chance to see it I'd highly recommend it :D

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  16. I love this post! The Secret Garden is one of my favourites too. We even have a pop-up version in my eldest daughter's room with paper characters you can move around in the garden.

    The whole world is a garden and the possibilities of artistic interpretation are endless.

    Stephanie

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  17. When my girls were in late elementary school, my friend and I read The Secret Garden every night to our kids and neighbors in early evening. Everyone crowded on the floor and sofa to listen to 1-2 chapters . Even though they could read on their own, there was something magic about being all jammed together for story hour together. It was the most memorable reading of that story that I can remember!!

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  18. Oh, I didn´t know Tasha had illustrated The Secret Garden! What a wonderful picture. I recently re-read the book. And now I want to see the movie too. As for the world being a garden; I have a book that I call "The Book of Light". It´s hand-bound book that I made myself and on the book pages I write down little inspiring notes and add pictures that I like. Last week in my Book of Light I wrote down that "I will cultivate my inner garden". So I think one could call the mind/ soul a garden. And it´s a very interesting thought you have here that whole world is a garden. I hadn´t thought about it those terms before- what an inspiring way to look upon the world!

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  19. I saw the movie in the theater when it came out! Loved it and had it on VHS. Haven't seen it in forever, though. I'll have to put it on my Netflix queue. Talk about nostalgia!

    I read The Secret Garden, but the edition I had wasn't illustrated by Tasha Tudor. :-(

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  20. I have this version of the book! I love it so. You are right - it is a perfect quote. I saw The Secret Garden live two years ago - it was amazing. I vote for garden, too...

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