Friday, June 10, 2011

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Tom's Midnight Garden won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958. It has been a bestseller ever since. Tom is sent to live with his great aunt and uncle's place when his brother contracts the measles. There is not a lot for him to do there but he is fascinated by the strange grandfather clock in the hall of the big house. It seems to have ideas of its own about time and after midnight it strikes thirteen. Whilst everyone else sleeps, he slips out the back door garden and finds it strangely transformed. from a boring yard with rubbish bins to a magical summer garden in full bloom. It is there he meets Hattie who thinks he is a ghost and the adventure begins. I am trying to get the DVD. Below is a preview of the movie:

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