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Anne of Green Gables (Complete and Unabridged Classics)
Anne of Green Gables - Complete and Unabridged Classics
Author: L. M. Montgomery
ISBN-13: 9780816704651
ISBN-10: 0816704651
Publication Date: 2/1985
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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4.5 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Watermill Press
Book Type: Paperback
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This was a fascinating story about a young orphan girl who has quite an imagination. Although she is unwanted by most people and runs her tongue on and on, she finds herself in the home of Green Gables owned by a brother and sister who adopt her. This is filled with tales of how she spends her first 6 years in Green Gables in the first place she can truly call her home. It was encased with stories of friendship, heartache, and growing up. I wanted to read this book series for years (and even owned it as a child but had never read it until now. . and I am 28). I'm so glad that I have been able to read it. I laughed, cried, and could quote a bunch of it since I grew up watching the mini-series.
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I must have read this book ten times as a child. Even as an adult, it never fails to cheer me up and remind me of how beautiful the world can be.
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This is a fantastic book full of love about a very imaginative orphan and people fall in love with her.
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This book is a great read for an upcoming teen or tweener interested in life at the turn of the century but its appeal crosses all generations and genders. Equally as good as the Disney real-life portrayal of this 20th century gem!
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A brilliant orphan who just wants a home, a book, and to banish her red hair.
If you want a clean happy read for your daughter 9 up or yourself this is the series to read. Sweet & very funny, there is a little Anne in all of us. Best bet buy it for your younger daughter & read her a chapter at bed every night.
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I have always wanted to read this book and never had the chance until now. I am so glad I finally did. It's such a wonderful book -- you'll fall in love with the little orphan Anne (spelled with an "e") immediately. You can't help but to love her imagination and thoughts. This book that makes you smile, laugh and cry alittle is perfect for all ages!!
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This is a hardcover and illustrated edition of the story of Anne of Green Gables, a red-headed, imaginative, fiery-tempered, and talkative orphan who longs to belong somewhere.
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This is a classic! Montgomery's style will endear you to Anne as well as to Matthew and Marissa Cuthbert who adopt this rea headed orphan and give her a home and love. Anne is creative and ends up in much innocent mischief inspite her best efforts to do good. From coloring her hair to accidentally drinking too much cordial, she always seems to be in a mess, but generations can't help but love her. Great read aloud.
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this story is very sweet,and a little comical.i think it is for younger readers becase i read it in a day in a half and i'm 11.
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I've just re-read this in my quest to read the classics I missed and/or have forgotten, and am again enamoured with Anne. Just as she does in the story, the girl grabs your heart and you find yourself rooting for her though you know she'll do well without your help. I find myself remembering feeling the way she did at times, with her imagination and the adults around her finding her creativity but silliness. Dear to my heart, and I'll be (re)reading the rest of the series as well! Next up is Anne of Avonlea.
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This is a very good read. I would recommend it for ages 13 and up. Just because this book has somewhat of an older style writing.
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This is a hardcover book published in 1994 by Barnes and Noble Inc.
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Any one who reads this book will become a kindred spirit. Anne is just one of the most exciting people in the world! She keeps you on your toes and cause you to really look at life and find the joy and love in it. And who doesn't want a Gilbert Blythe? Still a master piece after 200 years!
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Oh, what a perfect novel! This book will always stand out in my memory as the first book that ever made me cry - and while hundreds of other books have brought me to tears since then, even in re-reading this book nothing makes me cry harder than this one! Re-reading this has given me such pleasure, that I think I will have to re-read the whole series! In fact, I don't know how far I ever made it in the series, I don't think I have read them all, to be honest. I am looking forward to this project! This book just fills me with such joy! What a perfect delight it has been to re-acquaint myself with Anne Shirley.
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A amazingly written book, with a different style that will leave you reaching for more. A wonderful prequel too called Before Green Gables, tells the story before Anne meets her permeant family.
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The classic story of the orphan girl who found love, gave love, and earned a place in many hearts. Still an A #1 book.
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Not bad for a book.
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One of the most phenomenal and classic litarary works of art of all time.

Five stars doesn't do it justice.
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Somehow, I missed this series in its entirety (never read it, never watched the many version of it, no plays, etc.) growing up. But I know by now the fine work the folks at Post Hypnotic Press do. So I gave it a try. And I was charmed. In fact, if I was ever a cleaned mouthed, less jaded person, I think I may have been much like Anne. I can be distracted by beetles, I have a tendency to be blunt, and I love the realm of fantasy. Anne is a little heavier on the romance in her likes, but I am sure she and I could be friends.

While it is obvious that the book is set in the early 1900s, with the proper roles of women (like women dont have the legal right to vote), church is a mandatory weekly occurrence, and there was one remark about letting strangers in the house that could be construed as racist (against Italians, which seemed odd to me), these few negatives are balanced out by Annes huge imagination, and the trouble she gets into. This novel spans several years of Annes life, so there are plenty of humorous events to enjoy. Anne hates her red hair, and attempts to dye it black. But it comes out this muddled green. So, they have to shave it off. Haha! I found this pretty humorous, and part of it was because of the location and times. In todays day, green hair, or a bald head isnt so unusual. But for 1909 Canada, wellI expect it was the talk of the village for at least a week.

Besides the humor, there are also scenes of more seriousness that give this tale a weight that many childrens books lack. Anne was an orphan and spent time in several homes before coming to the Cuthberts. Most often, she was set right to work taking care of the children and hence wasnt allowed to be a child herself, to go to school, or attend social events. On one house, she had to contend with an alcoholic. While much of Annes life before the Cuthberts was merely alluded to, there was enough there to let the life experienced reader fill in the gaps.

All in all, I enjoyed this book more than I expected. I found it a good mix of magical innocence of growing up in the countryside and remembered hardship of starting off an orphan. Annes lasting friendships with the people of Avonlea were also quite touching.
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Wonderful! A must-have for any young girl!
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It is a good book for young teens.
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This is one of my favorite books. I love this while series.
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I loved all these books. I have all of them. One day I hope my little girls will love them just as much.
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Wonderful book! First read it when I was ten years old. I have another copy or I wouldn't be able to part with this one!
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This is hands-down one of my favorite books of all time. There is no one like Anne in the history of literature who can match her spirit and ability to get into hilarious scrapes. This children's classics will be loved by readers of ALL ages, guaranteed. It will make you laugh and cry and wish you were living in Anne's world. I LOVE it!
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Chapter Book charmers are adaptations of some of the very best girls' stories around.
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a delightful read - bringing me back to the days when I first read the series, Anne is the spunky child we all wish we could be: intelligent, imaginative, friendly, yet stubborn. Grow to love Anne just as I have!
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loved the book and want to read the rest
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An excellent book for girls, but my whole family loves this book along with the whole series. L.M. Montgomery's style of writing brings you right in with Anne. She makes the reader feel like a kindred spirit.

A girl who is accidentally chosen to be adopted winds up being the best thing that ever happened to Green Gables. Lots of fun and excitement is the only thing that can describe the life of Anne.
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i have not yet read this book but i hear is a great book and i think you should read sometime once you get the chance.





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I hope young girls still read this series. I can remember the first time I did, and how much I loved it, and couldn't wait to get back to it. I think I was about 9 when I read it. Anyone who has a girl around that age should make her the tremendous gift of introducing her to these books. Probably for about the same reading level as the Little House books, and just as good.
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wonderful story everyone should read!
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A classic universally loved by generations of girls.
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When siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide they need help on the farm they decide to adopt a boy to bring some youth and strength to help them. As Matthew makes his way to pick up the orphaned boy at the train station he finds that the orphanage made a mistake and sent a girl. Not just any girl but redheaded,and dramatic Anne Shirley. Anne is a dreamer, a free spirit and full of exuberance. Matthew and Marilla end up falling in love with and Anne even if she is drawn to trouble.

Anne Of Green Gables is the first book in a series written by Lucy Maude Montgomery (L.M. Montgomery). When I was growing up the t.v. channel PBS made this series of books into movies. I knew of them but only caught bits and pieces here and there. I hear they are excellent and hope to one day catch them. Not only had I not seen the movies but I had never read the books. Anne Of Green Gables was completely new to me. I loved Anne Shirley and her friend Diana. They were such dreamers and so passionate about life and its beauties.

If I had to pinpoint anything I disliked about Anne Of Green Gables it would have to be actually it would be nothing. I can not think of a thing I disliked about story. I mean Anne gets in trouble but the way she gets in trouble is just another piece of Annes character because usually when she in hot water it was because she was trying to be good.

HIghly recommend for girls from ages 10 and up. Boys might like it but it is a book of a girl in her world.
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One of the best books ever written for children/teens and adults! I had somehow never encountered this book when I was a child, but came across a copy when I was in my twenties and it was love at first sight! I went on to read most of the Anne series and a few other things the author has written besides. Even at her rare "worst" L.M. Montgomery performs at a high level. When she is "on" she is utterly captivating. Highly recommended!
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I had never read this book until I was an adult. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are real and believable. Now I want to read the entire series.
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Great Classic!
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This is book one.
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The original installment of Montgomery's Anne Shirley series, including colored illustration.
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Read all of the series. Loved them.
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From the back cover...

"The owners of Green Gables have a problem. They had asked for an orphan boy to help them with their farm chores. Somehow, the orphanage sent a girl instead -- a talkative redhead named Anne.

The owners decide to send Anne back to the orphanage as soon as possible. But the lively girl has an unusual effect on people. She seems to charm everyone - from a busybody neighbor to a handsome boy named Gilbert Blythe. And the longer Anne stays at Green Gables, the less anyone can remember what life was like without her."
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Sweet story of childhoods woes and heart throbs, full of exciting plot!
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Sweet story, the beginning of the Anne Of Green Gables books.
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When the Cathberts adopt an orphan, they aren't prepared for Anne Shirley. But the spunky heroine wins everyone's heart and finds herself a true home at last.
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very cute book, and if you have saw the movie please do so it is great as well.
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What can I say? The Anne of Green Gables series is fabulous!
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Very entertaining.
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This book is recommended for children age 10 and up. My children and I have enjoyed it.
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Great Classic. I read this book before a trip to Canada
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I enjoyed reading this book. I loved imagining my life as Anne's.
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I love this book. I think it is a must read for girls!
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Book Description
Anne is a young orphan who finally finds a home at Green Gables, but it's not exactly smooth-sailing. Anne always seems to find herself getting into scrapes! This easy-to-read adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's classic is guaranteed to hook beginning readers not yet ready to tackle the original.

Card catalog description
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
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This is my all time favorite book, I am only posting it because i duplicate copies. It is wonderful story of an orphan girl who is sent to an elderly brother and sister, who were expecting a boy. This book goes through the first couple of years after anne arrives on PEI. It is humourus, touching and heartwarming. It is a great book for a young girl to read, and you should also read the 7 sequels.
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This heartwarming story has beckoned generations of readers into the special world of Green Gables, and old-fashioned farm outside a town called Avonlea, where they soon discover there is no one in all of literature like Anne Shirley. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, has arrived in this verdant corner of Prince Edward Island only to discover that the Cuthberts - elderly Matthew and stern older sister Marilla - want to adopt a boy, not a feisty redhaired girl. Anne - who simply must have more scope for her imagination and a real home - wins them over completely.
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Every girl loves this book. I don't know how you make it through girlhood without it. Everyone sympathizes with Anne Shirley and her "scrapes". Anne is one of our bosom companions and we love her. A tale of a simpler time.
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I love Anne, I'm just passing these on. Enjoy!
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One of my favorite books of all time. Just bought one so I could share it with my daughter. An great story of being yourself, growing up, and love. Definitely recommended!!!
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This is a wonderful story on the continuation of Anne of Green Gables. This is book 1 in the series there are 8 books in all. I have the complete set.
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This was a very interesting book. I like the way this author writes.
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Anne (spelt with an e) arrived at Green Gables as an orphan. The Bachelor ( Matthew) and his sister, (Marilla) who was an old maid had asked that the orphanage send a boy to help on the farm.

Anne talked constantly and day dreamed and that was the last thing this couple wanted. Anne was always getting into trouble because of her day dreaming.

Did the couple keep her or send her back? Well, you will have to read the story to get the answer to this.

Since I adopted two boys I found the book intersting.
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This is one of my most beloved novel from childhood. I still read books by this author. Highly recommended!!!!
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I love this wholesome series!
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Brings charming reminders of a lovely time and place!
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My all-time favorite author, and book! If you have never read Anne of Green Gables, what a treat you have in store! I have read, and re-read, the entire Anne series. I never tire of it!
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a must-read for everyone
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A wonderful story of a little orphan girl growing up on Prince Edward Island near the beginning of the 19th century. A true classic of fantasy, family, and love.
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Very enjoyable for all ages.
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The Anne of Green Gables Series #1. A delicious classic.
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My favorite book in the whole world! Anne Shirley is a wonderful little orphan girl who tries to find her place in the world of Avonlea at Green Gables. Each page is an adventure- a total classic read.
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One of my all-time favorites...a true classic, and enjoyable by adults and children alike.
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MARVELOUS-a true classic story. One that you can read over and over.
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I think 12 is the best age to start reading this searies actually anywhere between 10 and 100 is a good age to read this even though their are lots of big words but I am 12 and the words are actually not that hard to undersand...No their not hard at all.It is easy to tell what a word means for example this book is scrumdidlydumshis of course you've might of never heard that word befor but it fits in so you know what it means.
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This is a charming book and I really enjoyed reading it.
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One of our favorite books. We read this series at least once a year.
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This is a wonderful story. I got hooked to this Anne girl when I was young. My parents bought me the series 1-8 for my 16th Birthday.
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I love all the anne of green gables books!
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Sorry...charm is missing! But of course that doesn't affect the quality of this book!
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Great book. Cover is different though - same ISBN number.
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Beautiful gift book with beautiful, realistic for the time period artwork.

When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the time Anne "confesses" to losing Marilla's amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, "One thing's for certain, no house that Anne's in will ever be dull." And no book that she's in will be, either. This adapted version of the classic, Anne of Green Gables, introduces younger readers to the irrepressible heroine of L.M. Montgomery's many stories. Adapter M.C. Helldorfer includes only a few of Anne's mirthful and poignant adventures, yet manages to capture the freshness of one of children's literature's spunkiest, most beloved characters. There's just enough to make beginning readers want more--luckily, there's a lot more in the originals! Illustrator Ellen Beier creates vibrant pictures to portray the beauty of the land around Green Gables and the spirited nature of Anne herself. (Ages 5 to 8) --
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this book does not have the charm with it.
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Trade paperback size; may be an ex-library copy
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Story Overview
On Prince Edward Island in the little town of Avonlea, brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decide to adopt a young boy to help out around their farm. Both are getting older and know they'll need some help to keep the farm going. They send word to a local woman who is going to the orphanage to bring them home an 11-year-old boy. But when Matthew goes to the train station to pick up the boy, he is surprised to find a young girl -- Anne Shirley.

Shy and tongue-tied around others, Matthew reluctantly agrees to take Anne home until the mix-up can be sorted out. But on the ride home, Anne charms Matthew with her imagination, vivacity and view of the world. By the time they reach the Cuthbert house at Green Gables, he is convinced he wants Anne to stay with them. His sister, Marilla, is not so sure -- but after a few days -- she too falls under Anne's spell and the little orphan girl finds a home in Green Gables.

The book focuses on Anne's coming of age at Green Gables -- her problems with her flaming red hair, her big imagination, her dreaminess and the various escapades and problems caused by all of these aspects of her personality. She finds a "bosom friend" in her neighbor Diana and flourishes at the local school -- except for her long-standing rivalry with Gilbert Blythe (who dared to call her "Carrots" one time.) The book follows Anne until her entry into the Queen's school and eventual return home to Green Gables.

My Thoughts
What can I say? This book was so charming and delightful! I cannot imagine a reader who would not fall in love with Anne -- it is no surprise that all of Avonlea falls under her spell! I know this is considered a children's book, and I wish I had read it when I was Anne's age -- I know I would have just adored her and modeled myself after her!

The writing is just delightful, and Anne's frequent monologues are just so charming. She is the type of person who is so full of life, zest and (most of all) IMAGINATION that you feel yourself drawn to her -- just like Matthew and Marilla. I love that she hates her red hair and freckles, frets about not having puffs on her sleeves, and daydreams while she is supposed to be doing chores. Anne is so relatable and down-to-earth that even a modern day girl could relate to her. After all, what tween girl doesn't fret about the physical attributes that make them different, wish for clothes of the latest fashion and spend inordinate amount of times daydreaming?

The other charm of the book was Anne's love of nature and her constant ecstasy at the beauty around her. I've never been to Prince Edward Island (located in Canada) but the descriptions in the book make it sound like an idyllic and enchanted place. (Of course, Anne could make anything sound amazing and better than life.)

My Final Recommendation
Anne of Green Gables definitely deserves its place as a classic of children's literature. I am so glad I took the time to read it, and I would recommend it unreservedly to a reader looking for a charming and delightful book that hearkens back to a simpler time and space. And if you have a young girl in your life with literary tendencies, I think this would make a wonderful gift! I wish I'd gotten it when I was young!
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This book is Hardcover.
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I love this book. I was looking to own a special edition, something to pass on to my grand-daughter when she is old enough to enjoy it.
This is a 100 year anniversary edition - an unabridged reprint of the first editions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES first published in 1908
The art work by Laura Fernandez and Rick JACOBSON [not just on the cover but throughout book] is also wonderful.
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This is a great story for children or adults. A classic. One of my all time favorite stories from when I was a child.
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Anne of Green Gables was one of the few classics that I did not read as a young student. Just did not interest me. I have Netflix now and a good friend of mine suggested that I watch the series "Anne With An E". "You must watch this" she said. So I reluctantly did.
What a wonderful treat! I so enjoyed the first Season and am anxiously awaiting Season #2. So of course, I now had to read the book! This book is so beautifully written and I can actually see Anne as I devour each page. I don't often laugh out loud as I am reading a book, but with this wonderful novel i do. Every predicament that Anne gets in, and out of, is a joy to read. L.M. Montgomery wrote eight novels about Anne, following her life for many years. I have ordered all eight of the books in the Anne series through PBS and am looking forward to enjoying them all.
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Love the movies, too.
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A fascinating main character, an orphan with red hair who is full of passion and adventures. She will prevail!
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An excellent book.
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This has got to be one of my all time favorite books. I have just read it for the first time. I love the writing style, the amazing way Montgomery has of creating characters that we "know", and the firey personality yet innocence of "Anne with an e;" her honest mistakes, and sincerity in never making the same one twice; the regret for those she cannot love, and the intensity of love for those she can. This is a CLASSIC. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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I would recommend this series to anyone. I loved this series as a kid and still make my way back to it every so often.
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I bought this for my granddaughter who loved it. She's 9.
reviewed Anne of Green Gables (Complete and Unabridged Classics) on + 490 more book reviews
Timeless, beguiling, beloved
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no charm included