Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A-Z Challenge: A

Hello Everyone,

I would just like to welcome you all to the A-Z April 2014 Challenge. Today’s letter is A, and so my post is on Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read this book, and the rest of the series when I was about 10, and again when I was a bit older, maybe 14 or 15. It’s a wonderful story about a little girl growing up, and having some adventures on the way.

Anne had a hard life, as her parents had died when she was little, and from then on she was shunted to and from foster parents until she was 10 years old. When she was 10, she was adopted by an older brother and sister, who had been looking for a boy to help around their farm, but got Anne instead. They decided to keep her, and raise her as their own. However, Anne was a handful. With an overactive imagination, and a bit of a temper, she often was lead into trouble. However, over the course of the series,  as she grew up and learnt some lessons about life, and that sometimes being sensible is better than being dramatic, she is the smartest in her class, goes to teaching college, marries her arch enemy Gilbert, and becomes a mother to children who are each and every bit as wonderful as their mother was when she was there age.
There is a movie of Anne of Green Gables

In each book of the series, the title tells you a different place that Anne is staying. First she lives in Green Gables with her adoptive parents, so the title is Anne of Green Gables. Then she lives in Avonlea, so she is Anne of Avonlea. Then she is Anne of the Island. She becomes Anne of Windy Willows, then Anne’s House of Dreams, and finally, Anne of Ingleside. There has been a smaller series that features Anne’s children, titled Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside and The Blythes are quoted. There has also been a prequel written titled Before Green Gables. However, I have not read these other books.

These are fantastic books to get little girls reading. If they are advanced enough, they can be read alone, or can be read to them by their parents, as each of the chapters contains one adventure of Anne’s. Anne is an engaging and funny character that every little girl can relate to in some way or another. Despite being written over a century ago, there is a timelessness to this series which means that it will never go out of date.

Let me know what you think of Anne of Green Gables, and if you have any lovely memories of reading it when you were little by commenting below.