Sunday, October 15, 2017
Recommended Audience: Middle grade and up
For Fans of: The Little House books, Classics
Precocious, tenacious, imaginative Anne Shirley has captivated readers for over a hundred years. Adopted somewhat reluctantly by the aging Cuthbert siblings, Marilla and Matthew, orphaned Anne quickly sheds her "tragical" upbringing to make a home of Green Gables and Avonlea. Although she often makes trouble, Anne is an earnest girl who never stops trying and above all is true to herself and loyal to her friends - particularly her "bosom friend," Diana Barry.
It is not difficult to see why Anne of Green Gables had become beloved children's literature. Not without its morals, the novel nonetheless does not come off as heavy-handed. Anne Shirley herself is full of such spirit that it is easy to love her, and even her mistakes are charming and endearing. Her deep friendship with Diana Barry is to be envied, and Anne's devotion to her friend cannot be doubted. This novel brims with beautiful and eloquent descriptions of the world changing its seasons, reminding readers of the glory of the natural world. Paired with Anne's unceasing imagination, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of nature and the necessity of a little imagination. Anne Shirley's mark on the world is indelible, and her tale is masterfully crafted.