Roo Fanshaw had a garden unlike any you have ever seen before. Her garden glistened in the frozen earth in her secret place beneath the trailer house. Tiger lily earrings, daisies, a bouquet of pink roses, marigolds, and glowing red poppies, each carefully planted in the frozen earth, her stolen treasures in her world as bleak as the darkest nightmare. They were her escape from the sounds above her, the footsteps, the voices, the gunshots.
Roo was a wild thing, "half way to becoming a savage." Those who stood on the stairs could expect their legs to be spat upon. Those who reached under the trailer could expect to be bitten.
Roo was a stray cat. Where would such a child go with no parents, though her drug-dealer father was hardly ever a fit parent? One possibility. Her father's rich brother who knew nothing of her and whose nightmare rivaled her own.
This child whose only happiness was discovering nature and listening to the sounds of life in the earth was sent to live with this uncle whose home had once been an children's tuberculosis sanitarium ages back, a stark rock mansion on Cough Rock Island in the St. Lawrence River, only accessible by a boat. So isolated and bare that there was hardly a place to hide anywhere from those in charge of caring for her. Upon arriving, Roo was plagued by the eerie sounds. Screaming, crying, laughter, humming. She didn't believe in ghosts, so where could they be coming from? Where would her explorations lead her? How will her discovery of a dying garden and her penchant for nature bring new life to the abused girl and others in the Cough Rock mansion whose lives were in trouble?
The Humming Room revivesThe Secret Garden as a novel that weaves the story from shreds of a old lives and a from a once-dying garden that offers hope for recovery. It become the cornerstone for helping your students develop the foundational character trait, empathy or compassion, the trait upon which all other character traits are built. The Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-type game provide beautifully planned curriculum that leads to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and guarantees thoughtful social and exciting academic growth for every classroom. It is an essential part of every home and school library. You will want this Kids Wings literature guide PLUS a class set of this terrific novel!
Secret Garden is part of the public domain, so there are many
free full text versions available online. Here are a couple of links:
Quotes to memorize:
"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumonier
"A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world.” Leo F. Buscaglia
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” Hanna Rion
"Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” Unknown
"Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the flowers. Kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds. Fill it with sunshine, Kind words and kind deeds.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
31-page Kids Wings Literature Guide includes a 50-slide Interactive
Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection
on your SmartBoard for The
Humming Room by Ellen Potter is
The Humming Room is one of the 26 literature guides in Growing Young Americans. While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $12.95, if you order Growing Young Americans, you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school and pay less than $2 a unit in the collection!
special thanks to Thomas Fosseli, Norway for generously allowing us
to use his original symphonic composition "Aoutom Ballad "
by as our background music!
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