Anne of Green Gables (Classic Starts Series)

Anne of Green Gables (Classic Starts Series)

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Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged brother and sister, decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with farm chores on their remote Prince Edward Island homestead in turn-of-the-century Canada. Anne Shirley, eleven years old, is the redheaded girl sent by mistake from the orphanage. While initially the Cuthberts are dismayed, thinking a girl will be no use at all, they soon fall in love with the talkative, mischievous Anne - and she with them. One look at their snug white farmhouse and Anne knows she wants to stay forever. And the longer Anne stays, the harder it is for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her. A bestseller from the moment it was published over three-quarters of a century ago, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES has allowed generations of children to grow up right along with Anne.

"The sweetest creation of child life yet written." (Mark Twain)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454937074
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Classic Starts® Series
Edition description: Modern Retelling
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 14,208
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

One of the best-loved children's/young adult authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the daughter of Hugh John and Clara Woolner. After attending Prince of Wales College and Dalhouse College in Halifax, she became a certified teacher, eventually teaching in Bideford, Prince Edward Island. She also served as an assistant at the post office and as a writer for the local newspaper, The Halifax Daily Echo. Best known for her Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables books, Montgomery received many high honors. She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1923 and a Canadian stamp commemorates Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. In addition, various museums dedicated to the book series and Montgomery's life dot Prince Edward Island. The books in the Anne series follow the growth and adventures of a red-haired, spritely, high-spirited and imaginative orphan named Anne who lives on Prince Edward Island. The success of these books rested in Montgomery's ability to vividly recollect childhood and her easy storytelling ability. They are tremendously popular to this day and have been translated into more than 35 languages and adapted as movies and PBS television productions. On July 5, 1911, L.M. Montgomery married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, and the marriage produced three children. She died on April 24, 1942.

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Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert have asked the orphanage for a boy. So when spirited redheaded chatterbox Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables, the Cuthberts are shocked and try to take her back to the orphanage. Can Anne convince them to have a change of heart?

"There's been a mistake," Marilla said. "Matthew and I wanted you to bring us a boy. Can we send the child back?"

"I suppose so," said Mrs. Spencer thoughtfully. "But I don't think that will be necessary. Mrs. Blewett was here yesterday. She's looking for a child to help her. She has a large family, you know. And here comes Mrs. Blewett now!," she exclaimed. "We can settle the matter right away."

Mrs. Blewett darted her eyes over Anne from head to foot. "Humph! There's not much to you. But you're wiry, and the wiry ones can work the hardest. You'll have to be good and smart and respectful. I'll expect you to earn your keep. All right, I can take her home now."

Marilla looked down at Anne's pale, miserable face. "Well, I don't know," she said slowly. "I didn't say that we were absolutely not going to keep her. I think I'll take her home again and talk it over with Matthew."

Anne did not speak until she and Marilla were in the buggy, driving back to Green Gables. "I'd rather go back to the orphanage than live with that woman," Anne said firmly. "I'll do anything you want, if only you'll keep me."

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Anne of Green Gables (Classic Starts Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TechnoBookWorm More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old loved it. She read it in one day, all by herself. She went back and read it again. I would recommend the Classic Start Series for all young children.
Kalyn O'Byrne More than 1 year ago
Great book
liz0is0cool More than 1 year ago
Anne is one of the most recognizable character in classic American literature (after Huck. Finn and Tom Sawyer, of course). Her chatty nature and likable personality make her an unforgettable figure. I loved this book from page one to page one-hundred sixty. A yummy treasure.
m3student on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that Anne of green gables is an interesting book and its really adventous and an anne is an afone to start of with and i think anne is really interesting and adventtous and takes any risks AND YOU SHOULD READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures but overall, a great novel!!
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Mary Greenstein More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The second i got this book I could NOT put it down! I would say its a must read!! i read it in a day and when i finished it, I was sad that it was over.
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I fell in love with the Green Gables series and all its characters. There's Anne Shirley, the orphan who is sent to live with a brother and sister who had asked for a young boy to help them. From there all the hilarity and drama begin. Megan Follows plays a perfect Anne, spelled with an 'e', in the Disney productions. The Green Gables series is memorable and has a little of everything to tug at your heartstrings with a lot of humor thrown in. High recommended reading.
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jessey-pooh More than 1 year ago
Exhilarating, captivating and imaginative are all words used to describe Anne Shirley, the hilarious heroine from Anne of Green Gables. This book will keep you so enthralled you won't be able to put it down. Found in the coming-of-age or juvenile literature, this book will give you some fun laughs and maybe even some tears but Lucy Maud Montgomery astoundingly captures the audience in less then a minute because the book is just that fantastic. The older couple wanted a young orphan boy, then they could have help around the farm, but due to a miscommunication they were sent a young girl. This inspiring and wonderful young girl mesmerizes the old couple and they decide to keep her on. When Anne first goes to school as a young girl she is far behind in her studies, but determined she soon catches up and is tied for first in the class in her studies. She continually grows until she eventually makes it to college where she excels greatly until there is a problem at home that leaves her with a difficult decision; continue with her studies to become a great teacher or go home. My favorite character is Anne Shirley because she has a mind of her own. She imagines that something is better than it really is therefore she is able to deal with it. Anne is a very lively girl but she also has a temper and a flair for drama. She always has to be right and if she is wrong, well, she fixes it and as a result she is right. Anne's greatest strength is probably her ability to create stories that are fantastic and out of this world. Being this creative helps her become extraordinarily likeable accordingly she makes friends easily. Her greatest weakness would be the fact that she is so dramatic. When something is wrong she takes it completely out of proportion. For example when a schoolboy Gilbert called her carrot top because of her red hair she was so mad at him that she hit him over the head with her slate. When she went home that afternoon she dyed her hair green with the intention that she wouldn't have to deal with the name calling. I think the biggest conflict for Anne is the feeling of being wanted and loved. Given that she was 11 before she went to live with the Cuthbert's she was raised in an orphanage and she was always the last to be looked at for a future family. She never got picked and when she finally did it was by mistake because the Cuthbert's had wanted a boy (but they got her instead). Growing up Anne knew this and I think it was hard for her, she felt like she had to be perfect at everything or the Cuthbert's would give her back or not want her anymore. Follow Anne as she grows from a young girl with an imagination as wild as horses, to a stunning young woman who captivates everyone she meets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it but you should not read it when your little
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