If you haven’t heard of Anne of Green Gables, then what fascinating rock have you been living under? Maybe it was the same rock I lived under, since I have just started reading the 8 book series by LM Montgomery. I have seen the celebrated PBS mini-series, and have most of it memorized to boot. I mentioned in another post, that once a year I sequester myself away from friends and family and have an Anne of Green Gables PBS mini-series marathon. Megan Follows is Anne, from head to toe.
The story, is about a feisty, imaginative red-headed orphan, who is mistakenly brought to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert’s home, Green Gables, on Prince Edward Island due to a mix-up at the orphanage. Despite having originally requested a boy, Mathew and Marilla are quickly taken with Anne, her rambling tongue, imaginative and friendly nature. It’s not long before Green Gables and all the residents of Avonlea are smitten with Anne and her penchant for getting into trouble.
I think every avid reader can connect to Anne in one way or another. While I was most certainly not outspoken as a child, I did have quite an imagination and a penchant for wandering and daydreaming rather than doing my work. Not to mention I love being in parks, and around nature.
I think fans of Little Women, Little House on the Prairie, and Sarah Plain and Tall will enjoy this series. It’s a classic, written over a hundred years ago. The stories and the themes of friendship, first crushes, mean girls in school, and family are still themes and concepts that kids deal with today. Likewise for Anne’s insecurities about her looks, which is tied to her quick temper to remarks about her hair. Never call her carrots, as poor Gilbert Blythe learned the hard way.
Ah, Gilbert. The casting for him was spot-on. Dreamy eyes, curly brown hair, friendly smile and brains to beat all the other residents in Avonlea, excepting Anne of course.
The book was different from the PBS series in many ways, and I don’t think its better or worse. I like the changes PBS made, although now I realize on the number of extra characters they cut out of Avonlea. It’s not a different world in the book, but its more populated and more varied. The nosy Mrs. Lynde doesn’t play nearly as a big of a role in the book as she does in the mini-series.
I’m almost done with book two, Anne of Avonlea, so stay tuned for a review of the next title!