Anne of Green Gables (My First Classics Series)

Anne of Green Gables (My First Classics Series)

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by L. M. Montgomery, Laura F. Marsh
     
 

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girl with spunk and dreams in search of a place to call home . . .

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help out around the farm, but waiting at the train station is a freckle–faced, red–headed eleven–year–old orphan named Anne Shirley. From the minute Anne sets foot in Matthew's buggy, Green Gables will never be the

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girl with spunk and dreams in search of a place to call home . . .

Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help out around the farm, but waiting at the train station is a freckle–faced, red–headed eleven–year–old orphan named Anne Shirley. From the minute Anne sets foot in Matthew's buggy, Green Gables will never be the same! Anne is overflowing with spunk and dreams, but at heart what she wants most of all is a place to call home.

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Children's Literature
This much-abridged version of L.M. Montgomery's classic evokes all the emotion of the original story. It is difficult to predict if it would be as successful for readers unfamiliar with the complete text, but any young girl who is lonely, or believes she is different will find herself in "Ann with an e." Anne's fiery temper and run away imagination bring her new disasters in every short chapter. She learns from her mistakes and turns faults to her advantage as she uses pride and stubbornness to achieve success. From her very first buggy ride home, she creates her own reality and renames the roads and ponds of her Green Gables setting. Prince Edward Island seems both magic and familiar, and there's just the right amount of romance for the age group with dashing Gilbert Blythe as her academic rival. It is a redheaded orphan "dream come true" that continues to instill hope in the power of imagination. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 8.
—Tina Dybvik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060791476
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/20/2005
Series:
My First Classics Series
Edition description:
Book & Necklace
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Anne of Green Gables My First Classics


By L. M. Montgomery

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 L. M. Montgomery
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060791470

Chapter One

Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Surprised

Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down *into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert Place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

There are plenty of people, in Avonlea and out of it, who can attend closely to their neighbor's business by dint of neglecting their own; but Mrs. Rachel Lynde was one of those capable creatures who can manage their own concerns and those of other folks into the bargain. She was a notable housewife; her work was always done and well done; she "ran" the Sewing Circle, helped run the Sunday-school, and was the strongest prop of the Church Aid Society and Foreign Missions Auxiliary. Yet with all this Mrs. Rachel found abundant time to sit for hours at her kitchen window, knitting "cotton warp" quilts -- she had knitted sixteen of them, as Avonlea housekeepers were wont to tell in awed voices -- and keeping a sharp eye on the main road that crossed the hollow and wound up the steep red hill beyond. Since Avonlea occupied a little triangular peninsula jutting out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with water on two sides of it, anybody who went out of it or into it had to pass over that hill road and so run the unseen gauntlet of Mrs. Rachel's all-seeing eye.

She was sitting there one afternoon in early June. The sun was coming in at the window warm and bright; the orchard on the slope below the house was in a bridal flush of pinky-white bloom, hummed over by a myriad of bees. Thomas Lynde -- a meek little man whom Avonlea people called "Rachel Lynde's husband" -- was sowing his late turnip seed on the hill field beyond the barn; and Matthew Cuthbert ought to have been sowing his on the big red brook field away over by Green Gables. Mrs. Rachel knew that he ought because she had heard him tell Peter Morrison the evening before in William J. Blair's store over at Carmody that he meant to sow his turnip seed the next afternoon. Peter had asked him, of course, for Matthew Cuthbert had never been known to volunteer information about anythingin his whole life.

And yet here was Matthew Cuthbert, at half-past three on the afternoon of a busy day, placidly driving over the hollow and up the hill; moreover, he wore a white collar and his best suit of clothes, which was plain proof that he wasgoing out of Avonlea; and he had the buggy and the sorrel mare, which betokened that he was go' ing a considerable distance. Now, where was Matthew Cuthbert going and why was he going there?

Had it been any other man 'in Avonlea Mrs. Rachel, deftly putting this and that together, might have given a pretty good guess as to both questions. But Matthew so rarely went from home that it must be something pressing and unusual which was taking him; he was the shyest man alive and hated to have to go among strangers or to any place where he might have to talk. Matthew, dressed up with a white collar and driving in a buggy, was something that didn't happen often. Mrs. Rachel, ponder as she might, could make nothing of it and her afternoon's enjoyment was spoiled.

"I'll just step over to Green Gables after tea and find out from Marilla where he's gone and why," the worthy woman finally concluded. "He doesn't generally go to town this time of year and he never visits; if he'd run out of turnip seed he wouldn't dress up and take the buggy to go for more; he wasn't driving fast enough to be going for the doctor. Yet something must have happened since last night to start him off I'm dean puzzled, that's what, and I won't know a minute'speace of mind or conscience until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea today."

Accordingly after tea Mrs. Rachel set out; she had not far to go; the big, rambling, orchard-embowered house where the Cuthberts lived was a scant quarter of a mile up the road from Lynde's Hollow. To be sure, the long lane made it a good deal further. Matthew Cuthbert's father, as shy and silent as his son after him, had got as far away as he possibly could from his fellow men without actually retreating into the woods when he founded his homestead. Green Gables was built at the furthest edge of his cleared land and there it was to this day, barely visible from the main road along which all the other Avonlea houses were so sociably situated. Mrs. Rachel Lynde did not call living in such a place living at all.

"It's just staying, that's what," she said as she stepped along the deep-rutted, grassy lane bordered with wild rose bushes. "It's no wonder Matthew and Marilla are both a little odd, living away back here by themselves. Trees aren't much company, though dear knows if they were there'd be...

Continues...


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Meet the Author

Lucy Maude Montgomery (1874-1942) was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, the setting for Anne of Green Gables. She left to attend college, but returned to Prince Edward Island to teach. In 1911, she married the Reverend Ewan MacDonald. Anne of Green Gables, the first in a series of "Anne" books by Montgomery, was published in 1908 to immediate success and continues to be a perennial favorite.

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Anne of Green Gables (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 561 reviews.
Amy Barlow More than 1 year ago
I read this as a child so I was excited to be able to download it for free. But due to all of the errors in translating to electronic format I was nit able to really enjoy it. I spent more time trying to figure out what words were supposed to be there than just relaxing and enjoying the story. I will have to get a hard copy from my library. Too bad the electronic copy was not reviwed prior to publishing as many people will probably get frustrated before the story is done and move on to something else. Regardless of the errors I love this story and look forward to getting it from my local library as i suggest anyone interested in reading this story to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cow, there were some ridiculous typos in this e-book. "Marilla" was referred to as "Manila" half the time. I recommend finding a better version.
Brittany Fleur More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites and truly wonderful for the price, but there are a couple of typos and spacing issues that need to be resolved. Must buy for the price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing... the whole series is. I recomend this to anyone. You will want to read this so many times. However , i sugedt you read the first one to understand this one.
Isabella Parker More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing for the price. very few typos very clearly written. soooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read this book before but I'm sooo happy I finally did. I enjoyed it immensely! It would be "tragical" if you don't make time for this classic.
Megan Hope Martinez More than 1 year ago
The best, most entertaining book i have ever read! It deserves ten stars!
Lindell Huskey More than 1 year ago
few typos. easy to read. good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is SUCH a good book. Whoever reads it won't be able to not fall in love with Anne. Her spunk, intelligence, determination, and above all, her imagination make Anne a believable and relatable character. For those who think this is just a boring, sappy, and dull book, think again! This book series has a little something for everyone: action, romance, history, and parts that will make you chuckle. If this book seems boring to you, don't stop at the beginning. Trust me, it gets better when you find out about Anne's temper. (At school, she smashes a chalkboard over a boy's head, breaking it in half!) If this book still seems dull to you, that probably means it is above your reading level. This book uses some complicated and old-fashioned words. I tried reading this a couple of years ago, and couldn't understand a word! Don't be afraid to try it again later if it's too challenging for you. Trust me, if you don't understand it, you'll never be near to getting full satisfaction from this book. I would recommend this book for ages 13+ to get full satisfaction. I read it when I was 11, but I was in a program reading more than a year above my grade level. This book is good for reading to young children, to help encourage them to like books and have a good imagination. Please don't get a shortened version of this, it will never amount to the real one. I got a shortened version for my little sister so she could read it without trouble of big words, but the shortened version cut out all the key parts! If you want to develop skills of visualizing scenes, this book is great for you. The author is an absolute master at description. This is a story like the Romona Quimby books where the author knows how being a kid is like. This is a must read, good for everyone, but especially good for teen and preteen girls. Please read and don't give up because of a dull beginning. If you read this, I know for a fact you'll treasure it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite enjoyed this book even at my old age of 83. I hope others will like it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne is a bright poetice talkative girl who will touch your heart! Its a good read and be sure to read the nexr two books: Anne of Avonlea and Anne's House of Dreams. Be sure though to spell her name A-N-N-E not A-N-N.
KinLove More than 1 year ago
The book is a classic and lovely. By accident I deleted this from my nook library. I had to re buy the book! I also have a kindle. When I buy a book it is mine FOREVER! Not happy with how BN runs the nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love Anne! This book is my favorite book of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was great and all ages gurantee a timeless classic other books i think are similar are black beauty old yeller where the red fern grows and the little house on the prarie series great book also how to ident
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever typed this did a horrid job. About 35 pages in the text is so misconstrued that is not understandable. No wonder its free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this biok soooooo much- i have the book version not the nook. Its so heartwarming and family-friendly and sweet, one of those books you will never get tired of reading again and again. My fav book in the universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many typos! The title of the book as well as the titles of chapters appear in the middle of pages. My free Kindle copy was much better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Searching to stock my nook with some of my favorites, in this case Anne of Green Gables, I decided I might as well try the free version first, aware that these older, free nook books often have some mixed up letters and other errors. However, this one is particularly bad. The first chapter is a complete jumble of text, with everything completely out of order, making it, sadly, unreadable. At least it was free, so I didn't waste money, but I did waste some time. I'll just have to pay for a copy and hope it's not too expensive.
Adriana Marra More than 1 year ago
I've read this three times and i don't get tired of it. If I had to state a problem, it would be that the words are too big for my reading level. Eh, i'll get there.
RetroLvr More than 1 year ago
I am ashamed to say that at the age of 38, this is the first time I have read this book. I regret that I missed all of these years not knowing who Anne (with an e!) was. Cannot wait to dive into the rest of the series.
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I first read this book when I was six...it is still one of my all time favorites. My other seven are: Anne of Avonlea Anne of the Island Anne of Windy Poplars Anne's house of dreams Anne of ingleside Rainbow vally Rilla of ingleside
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read now!
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