Genre: Classic, appropriate for all ages
Synopsis: As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.
My rating: 5/5 stars
My review: So- I was late to the Anne of Green Gables party. I think maybe a lot of us were because I started looking around and seeing a resurgence of all things Anne. I decided to see what all the hullabaloo was about and checked out a copy of the first book at my local library. Like everyone she meets, I fell in love with Anne immediately! There is a fuzzy childhood nostalgia throughout the story that made me sad my younger self never got to experience Anne of Green Gables. She isn’t the prettiest or the smartest girl- she gets into trouble constantly- but she never stops trying her hardest. She doesn’t let her mistakes crush her and bring her down. She’s the perfect hero for little girls who can’t (and should never!) fit into “the mold” of what their family and society wants for them. She accomplishes so much more than anyone ever expected from her and never doubts her ability to follow her dreams.
All of the side characters are memorable and full of personality as well. The lush descriptions of Green Gables and Prince Edward Island put that random little spot in Canada high up on my travel bucket list. The way it is written makes it sound like my version of heaven. The book was a complete joy and I highly recommend it to anyone, no matter their age or genre preferences. I especially recommend this gorgeous Puffin In Bloom edition (beware the 99 cent kindle edition which is apparently full of bizarre illustrations and bad typos).
Lucky for us, the resurgence of Anne means we have a ton of different options for reading/hearing/seeing her story! Here are some below:
This is considered the penultimate Anne-to-TV iteration and spawned a generation of lifelong fanatics. If you search for Anne of Green Gables on pinterest most of the images that pop up will be from this beloved television series.
This is a more modern take on Anne, with a couple of interesting twists on her story. As a children’s classic, the books do gloss over a bit of the dirtier sides of life. This television series makes sure to show them. There are some great looks at sexuality and the darker themes running along the pulse of Anne’s story. The cinematography is gorgeous and the production is top notch fabulous. If you prefer a sharper story over the warm fuzzy childhood favorite, this will probably be your jam.
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Anne, PERFECT for the young reader who might find the old fashioned writing style of the book a little hard to swallow. The story is adapted really well and the illustrations are gorgeous. There is a lot of love and heart poured into this- I highly recommend it.
This is the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables narrated by the wonderful Rachel McAdams. She has the perfect voice and bouncy personality for Anne! You can get it (and another audiobook!) for free by signing up for the Audible free trial on Amazon. This would be the perfect story to listen to while cooking dinner or cleaning up since the story is cozy and warm, just like home.
This is a gorgeously done cookbook featuring the recipes found throughout the Anne books. You guys might have noticed by now that I am a sucker for a well-done cookbook. =) When you read the books you will understand why this is a brilliant idea- all of the food featured throughout the story feels cozy and nostalgic, like coming home. The descriptions and the love that is clearly put into the making of each item is like a little hug for your soul. Bringing them to life to enjoy for yourself will bring a bit of that cozy magic to your kitchen- and who doesn’t want that?
This is the perfect collection if you’ve always wanted to read those childhood classics but aren’t sure where to start. It contains a beautifully bound copy of Little Women, Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, and A Little Princess (this one was my personal childhood favorite- makes my heart squeeze just thinking about it!) and did I mention IT. IS. BEAUTIFUL? My friend over at Candace Reads has some gorgeous bookstagrams of this collection. Buy it today for a piece of history and a pop of color on your bookshelf- it’s currently half off, which is a total steal!