Shirley Hughes is best known for her stories for younger children. However, in Enchantment in the Garden she shows her talent for creating longer, deeper stories for older children to enjoy. This is the tale of a lonely young girl's magical friendship with the marble statue of a boy which comes to life, and whose friendship has a lasting impact upon her.
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A storybook with echoes of Frances Hodgson Burnett--absentee parents, a lonely girl, an orphan who blossoms while working in a garden, children who meet clandestinely, away from the governess's eyes--from Hughes, who illustrated an edition of The Secret Garden: all the elements of an old-fashione...| Read Full Review of ENCHANTMENT IN THE GARDEN.
Tiny pen-and-ink drawings sparkle in the margins of this meandering fantasy about a lonely girl and a statue that springs to life. Hughes (Stories by Firelight) is a master of expressive line: awkwardMar 31 1997 | Read Full Review of ENCHANTMENT IN THE GARDEN.