Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables: The Books
If you're looking for a set of wholesome and entertaining books for your daughters, one great option that has captured the hearts of many readers for years is Anne of Green Gables . It was originally pubished in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It details the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan that is adopted by an elderly brother and sister in Prince Edward Island. Anne is a voracious reader with a huge imagination and a definite tendency to get into scrapes and messes.
Anne of Green Gables was such a hit with readers that Montgomery developed it into a series of books that followed Anne through university, her career, marriage, and then the adventures of her own children.
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne's House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rilla of Ingleside
The Anne series provides a great look at rural turn-of-the-century Canada, and while it is targeted towards younger readers, it is also entertaining enough for older readers. Many fans of Montgomery's work (who call themselves "Kindred Spirits") have been known to read and re-read these books over and over again.
Most fans have a favored
book in the series, and my personal choice is Anne of the Island, which
follows Anne during her university career and introduces several new characters into the series, including a handsome new suitor, a rambunctious feline, and new roommates that keep college life busy.
WWI and WWII both had an effect on Montgomery's writing, and the tone of the later books in the series, particularly Rilla of Ingleside , turned more serious. Rilla of Ingleside is specifically about one of Anne's daughters during the WWI timeframe, and details her relationships with her brothers and beaus who were going off to war, as well as the experiences of the women back home who were supporting them from afar.
Anne of Green Gables: The Movies
In the 1980's Anne of Green Gables was produced by Kevin Sullivan as a television mini-series starring Megan Follows that followed most of the subject matter of the first book fairly closely.
Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story were then produced as sequels more loosely based on Anne of Avonlea , Anne of the Island , and Anne of Windy Poplars. They were broken into one hour blocks to air on the Disney channel, and the movies are now available on DVD for home viewing.
The movies were produced to be faithful to the time period and as a result, they have aged very well and are still a favorite among new viewers today. Most Anne of Green Gables fans consider Megan Follows to be the iconic Anne Shirley.
In 2008 a new movie was made called Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning , and it serves as a prequel to the previous Anne of Green Gables movies. It is not based directly on the books themselves, but it is a good imagining of the events that may have happened in Anne's life before Green Gables.