One of the things I love about being a Book Mama is that I get to read books to my Book Baby that I never got around to as a kid. Anne of Green Gables (ages 9 -12 )is a classic that I somehow missed. Currently, around bedtime at my house you can hear my Book Baby giggling as we make our way through this utterly charming novel. Published in 1908, it’s the first of L. M. Montgomery’s beloved and immensely popular Avonlea novels.
“When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the Cuthberts to let her stay, even though she isn’t the boy they’d hoped for. The loquacious Anne quickly finds her way into their hearts, as she has with generations of readers, and her charming, ingenious adventures in Avonlea, filled with colorful characters and tender escapades, linger forever in our memories.” (publisher’s description)
The book is a tad long, and I frequently have to stop to explain some of the language and references as it feels a little old fashion — but honestly, that’s part of the story’s charm.
Once we finish reading about Anne and her adventures, I doubt we’ll move on to any of the others in this series as our next bedtime book. But it will be interesting to see if the Book Baby decides to read them by herself. I’ll keep you posted.