Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables
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Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

‘It’s a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn’t it?’

My dislikes: Being an orphan, having red hair, being called ‘carrots’ by Gilbert Blythe.

My likes: Living at the Green Gables with Marilla and Matthew, my bosom-friend Diana, dresses with puff sleeves.

My regrets: Dying my hair green. Smashing a slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head.

My dream: To tame my temper. To be good (this is an uphill struggle). To grow up to have auburn hair!


My heart is giddy with excitement that Anne of Green Gables is the Readings Children’s Classic of the Month. Childhood is incomplete without the imprint of Anne on one’s psyche to take with you into adult life.

Orphaned as a newborn, Anne’s life is one of trial and struggle until – at age twelve – her life takes a fortuitous turn for the better when she is taken in by the Cuthberts of Avonlea. A sensitive and impressionable soul, Anne’s imagination takes flight given the manifest beauty of her new surrounds. But like a dream ‘too good to be true’ Anne’s hopes are nearly dashed as the Cuthberts explain that they had been expecting a boy – to help with the running of the farm – and are dismayed by the mix-up that caused Anne to arrive in his place.

Fortunately for Anne, her misplaced arrival is regarded as ‘positively providential’ as her vivacious spirit captivates the Cuthberts’ hearts and disarms the proud people of Avonlea. Young readers, too, will love Anne for her earnest efforts to be good yet uncanny knack for troublesome misadventures. For me, this is an uplifting story about the search for ‘kindred spirits’ and a sense of belonging. But it is Anne’s imaginative nature that is most enchanting of all.

Natalie Platten works as a bookseller at Readings Malvern.

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