Have you read Frances Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden?
It was first published in 1911 and is the story of spoilt and recently orphaned Mary Lennox who comes from a privileged background in India to live with her uncle in Misselthwaite Manor in England. Roaming round the grounds, she finds an arched doorway and discovers a secret overgrown garden which she transforms into a thing of beauty, her attitudes changing as she does so. In another part of the house, her cousin Colin who thinks he is an incurable invalid is prone to tantrums but gradually Mary helps him get involved with the garden and he begins to change too.
It's a heartwarming tale. Here are a few quotes:
'If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.'
'Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.'
“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. 'Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing that.'
The robin plays a key part in the story leading Mary to the buried key to the garden.
Seems a bit Christmassy to me!
Many thanks to Judith for the Mosaic Monday link up.
Have a great Christmas!