Anne of Green Gables

-L. M. Montgomery-

Anne Shirley has lived in orphanages and stranger’s homes all her childhood. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister in their sixties, decide to adopt a an orphan boy to help out with the farm work. Through a misunderstanding, Anne gets sent to Green Gables, Matthew and Marilla’s home. Anne is a talkative, bright, easy to please, and imaginative child. Her only sorrow is that she has bright red hair. Marilla immediately claims that Anne must be sent back, but after a few days she gives in and Anne has a new home. The rest of the book follows Anne as she goes through struggles with friends and classmates and everything else kids go through.

I really liked the first book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I got up to the third book, put it down once and just never picked it up again. Montgomery has a really good style of writing, but I found that while I could relate to the first two books, when Anne gets older I can’t relate to her experiences anymore. I found the predicaments that Anne gets into quite funny and Montgomery has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are living the story too.

Prince Edward Island

The place that Anne grew up isn’t just a made-up place; you can actually visit the house that inspired Montgomery to write her novel. All over PEI there are Anneanne-of-green-gables-house-related attractions. During the summer months, there are interpretation programs at Green Gables. While PEI is fun to visit even if you’ve never read Anne of Green Gables, it is an amazing experience to walk where a book character has walked and to see the images we form in our heads as we read, in real life.

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