If you’re Canadian (and maybe even if you’re not), you probably recognize, and maybe even have read, this well known classic that I’m featuring today. And if you haven’t read it, maybe you’ve seen the tv or movie adaptations. Today’s book is one of my favourite classics, Anne of Green Gables.
Anne of Green Gables is about a young orphan girl Anne, her accidental adoption by brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and life at Green Gables.
Anne is a very energetic and lively young lady, and she gets into A LOT of mischief. In fear of giving away too much, I won’t say anymore about the story, but if you want a delightful classic that is enjoyable to read, look no further, Anne of Green Gables is it!
This edition is the Puffin in Bloom edition, and it has just the prettiest cover art done by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Here is my copy of Anne of Green Gables along with my copy of Little Women. Aren’t they just adorable?
These are two of my favourite classics and I just love the matching covers. Both are excellent reads!
What you may not know, is that Anne of Green Gables is the first in a series. The sequel books are as follows: Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars[Can/USA] (or Anne of Windy Willows, depending on if you’re looking at the UK/Australia editions), and finally Anne of Ingleside. Each novel follows Anne through a different period of her life. Anne of Green Gables focuses on Anne ages 11-16. Anne of Ingleside ends when she is 40.
The novel is set in the fictional town of Avonlea in the very real province of Prince Edwards Island on the East coast of Canada. Montgomery based her character of Anne Shirley on herself, she also grew up on P.E.I.
According to Wikipedia, there are 3 follow up books that focus on the stories of Anne’s children and friends. They are: Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, and The Blythes Are Quoted. Anne makes appearances in these books and is aged 40-75.
Anne of Green Gables is set in 1876, while Anne of Ingleside finishes in 1905. The 3 follow up novels cover 1906-1940.