Anne of Green Gables
Lucy M. Montgomery
It seems trite to do a review on something that seems like it’s always been a part of who you are. No matter how many times you read it, this book never gets old. The red-headed “Anne with an E” completely steals the heart of the reader. She’s everything a young girl could want in a role model ~ bright, funny, good-hearted, imaginative & spunky. This book has been one of my favorites since childhood, and my firstborn, although not named after Anne per se, has her middle name spelled with an “E” at the end…. because you could never read this book and then name your child “Ann.”
The flowery language and big words in this book make it a difficult read for a young girl, as they sometimes have trouble wading through the vocabulary independently. My favorite way to read this book is out loud to my girls, because when they are read to, they can enjoy the story of Anne that much sooner. I first read it to my eldest when she was probably around 8. We would read it at bedtime. She actually ended up sneaking the book out of its spot and finishing it on her own because she wanted to know what would happen. I recently finished reading it again to the three girls together (7, 8, and 12) as one of our read aloud books during school. We seriously laughed together, cried together and just enjoyed the awesome Anne-ness of Anne!
If you are a lover of literature, of imagination, of poetry and adventure and you have not read this book — walk, don’t run, to your nearest library and check it out. Better yet, download the free version from iTunes. You will not regret it. 5 of 5 stars, of course!