Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

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by M.C. Helldorfer, Ellen Beier
     
 

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever...but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected-a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong…  See more details below

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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever...but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected-a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special-a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
In The Life of Thomas More, acclaimed author Peter Ackroyd tackles the familiar story of the man for all seasons and manages to shed new light on a life that has been the focus of scholars and historians for more than four centuries.
barnesandnoble.com
When mischievous orphan Anne Shirley arrives at the Cuthbert farm Green Gables, she knows she wants to stay forever. But the Cuthbert's were expecting a boy orphan -- someone strong enough to help with their farmwork. Can spunky Anne win their hearts? This beautiful picture book adaptation of L. M. Montgomery's classic novel will delight the author's many fans -- and captivate a new audience of younger readers.
Andrew Sullivan
This is the first biography of More to have absorbed the small revolution in Reformation scholarship of the last 20 years...and is able to see England, through the mists of Protestant and Whig propaganda, as one of the most authentically Cahtolic countries in the history of Europe. -- The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
This simplified picture-book retelling of how the 11-year-old orphan comes to Prince Edward Island is adapted from L.M. Montgomery's classic. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Anne Shirley is back with her sentiment, sweetness and loquaciousness in this new edition of the all-time favorite girl's classic. L. M. Montgomery's partially autobiographical orphan's tale first saw the light of day in 1908 and was so successful that it was followed by many sequels. Yet it is the original book that is the heart of the story, a story still strong enough to bring hordes of visitors on pilgrimage each year to Prince Edward Island in search of the fictional Anne's haunts. Fernandez and Jacobson, the Canadian husband and wife team of illustrators, have done a lovely job of illustrating this edition, particularly in the ink and watercolor sketches of flowers, pitchers, buckets of apples and other comfortable everyday things strewn through the pages. The only complaint is that they didn't make Anne's original nemesis Mrs. Rachel Lynde fat! 2000, Tundra Books. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Library Journal
Montgomery is the latest author to join Running Press's ongoing "Courage Classics'' series of budget hardcover reprints of classic works. Along with the full text, this edition includes excerpts from the author's journal. Also new in the line is Short Stories and Tall Tales by Mark Twain ( ISBN 1-56138-323-6 ), which offers pieces gleaned from Running Press's The Unabridged Mark Twain . At this bargain price, both titles are excellent choices.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The nostalgic charm of Avonlea comes alive in Lucy Maud Montgomery's heart-warming tale set on the quaint island of Prince William about an aging brother and sister, Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert, and their decision to adopt a young boy to help with chores around their farm. However, as the result of a misunderstanding the boy turns out to be a feisty, independent, and wildly imaginative redheaded girl named Anne. Marilla's first reaction to this news is, "What use is she to us?" Wherein Mathew replies, "We might be of some use to her." Throughout this moving story these two statements mix and meld together so richly and completely that they become one truth. Three lives are changed so dramatically that none can imagine life without the others. Each new day brings a new set of adventures, often hilarious and always uplifting. Anne's vivid and overactive imagination is the cause of many mishaps, but her saving grace is her heart of gold. Her best friend and "kindred spirit," Diana, and her handsome admirer, Gilbert Blythe, often find themselves unintentional victims of Anne's escapades. Narrator Shelly Frasier's pleasant voice is especially enjoyable during the rapid ramblings of Anne and as the soft-spoken, slow-paced Mathew. Her voice reflects the human qualities of each character, switching seamlessly between broken and despaired, curt and crisp, or dreamy and absent-minded. This perennial classic, divided into convenient three minute tracks and containing a short biography of the author, is a must have for expanding audiobook collections.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg High School, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
This keepsake or gift edition provides a beautiful hardcover illustrated by Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson and using the complete, unabridged text used in the first 1908 edition of Anne. Any who love the story of the red-headed spunky orphan will consider this a fine keepsake edition.
The New Yorker
This superb biography does more than narrate the life of the Lord Chancellor who was beheaded and later canonized for refusing to accept Henry VIII as head of the church. It describes the London More knew, the ferment of humanism to which he contributed, and the contemporary appeal of Catholicism. It also portrays an archetypal zealot: More denied heretics their rights of conscience, but later pleaded his own conscience without ever glimpsing the parallel between himself and the Protestants he had executed.
Time Magazine
Brilliantly conceived.
The Wall Street Journal
Sensitive [and] well-informed.
The Boston Globe
Wonderfully vivid.
Time
Brilliantly conceived....Ackroyd's vividly human More is...imperfect yet inspiring.
Kirkus Reviews
A vividly evocative portrait of the lawyer and statesman who was 'the King's good servant, but God's first,' from award- winning biographer and novelist Ackroyd (Blake, 1996; T.S. Eliot, 1984). Thomas More was born in 1479 in Milk Street, in what is now the center of London's financial district, to Agnes and John More, a tradesman-turned-lawyer. Thomas would be one of the great intellects of his time, and Ackroyd gives particular attention to young More's rare and prolonged education: his apprenticeship at the court of the learned Archbishop and Chancellor John Morton of Canterbury, his grounding in the liberal arts at Oxford University, and his legal education at New Inn and Lincoln's Inn. More's upbringing and education, Ackroyd shows, left their permanent imprint upon him: His extensive training in dialectical logic served him well at the bar and on the bench, his time with Archbishop Morton made him familiar with the world of prelates and statecraft, and his Latin and literary training fitted him for his career as a humanist. Ackroyd vibrantly evokes the devout London in which More lived, where even successful lawyers meditated on life's transience and participated in endless rounds of prayer and ritual. He also gives an intimate picture of More's affectionate relations with his family and tells the familiar story of More's rise to favor in the court of Henry VIII, his friendship with Erasmus, his tenure as lord chancellor, and his fall from grace as the crisis of the king's divorce of Catherine of Aragon worsened. Ultimately, More's constancy to his church outweighed his obeisance to the king: Ackroyd gives what amounts to a transcript of the trial in whichMore refused to endorse Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn, and narrates his imprisonment in the Tower of London and execution in 1535. A limpidly written and superbly wrought portrait of a complex hero who was truly, as his friend Erasmus stated, 'omnium horarum homo,' a 'man for all seasons.'

From the Publisher
"Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find Anne of Green Gables lavishly illustrated."
Smithsonian Magazine
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
First published in 1908 by Page of Boston, Anne of Green Gables became an instant bestseller. Montgomery had written poems and stories since she was a girl, but this title was her first novel. All of a sudden Montgomery and her maritime home of Prince Edward Island were famous. First read in Canada and the United States, the book was soon published in England and then in Australia and New Zealand. Though seen by some as a story for children, especially young girls, Anne captured the hearts of boys and men as well. Written in 1907, Anne is set in a slightly earlier time, evoking Montgomery’s own childhood—Anne’s fascination with “puffed-sleeve” dresses as the height of fashion places the story in the 1890s (being placed by some into the historical fiction genre). Young Anne’s highly romantic vocabulary and her outlandish but truly funny misadventures make this exuberant and outspoken heroine accessible to readers of all ages, despite (or perhaps because of) its firm presentation of the manners, morals, and prejudices of a rural Edwardian, Presbyterian island. Anne has remained continuously in print, its worldwide popularity enhanced by television serials, conferences on Prince Edward Island, and extensive literary scholarship. Aladdin’s new, unabridged edition is packaged in an attractive jacket of soft green with lacy white cutouts suggesting Green Gables’ flowers and wildlife, while including a teapot, hearts, and a silhouette of pigtailed Anne. Typeset in a clear, easy-to-read Adobe Garamond Pro, its pages should be inviting to readers who wish to investigate this Canadian classic. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 10 up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385900010
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/13/2001
Series:
Avonlea Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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This Dark World

The infant was taken, within a week of its birth, to the precincts of the church; the child of wrath must be reformed into the image of God, 'the servant of the fiend' made into 'a son of joy'. At the church-door the priest asked the midwife if the child were male or female, and then made a sign of the cross on the infant's forehead, breast and right hand. He placed some salt in the baby's mouth according to custom; then the priest exorcised the devil from its body with a number of prayers, and pronounced baptism as the sole means 'to obtain eternal grace by spiritual regeneration'. The priest spat in his left hand and touched the ears and nose of the child with his saliva. Let the nose be open to the odour of sweetness. It was time to enter the church itself, the priest taking the right hand of the new-born child who had with the salt and saliva been granted the station of a catechumen.

The litanies of the saints were pronounced over the baptismal font; the priest then divided the water with his right hand and cast it in the four directions of the cross. He breathed three rimes upon it and then spilled wax in a cruciform pattern. He divided the holy water with a candle, before returning the taper to the cleric beside him. Oil and chrism were added, with a long rod or spoon, and the child could now be baptised. Thomas More, what seekest thou? The sponsors replied for the infant, Baptism. Dost thou wish to be baptised? I wish. The child was given to the priest, who immersed him three times in the water. He was then anointed with chrism and wrapped in a chrismal robe. Thomas More, receive a white robe, holy and unstained, which thou must bring beforethe tribunal of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou mayest have eternal life and live for ever and ever. The candle was lit and placed in the child's right hand, thus inaugurating a journey through this dark world which ended when, during the last rites, a candle was placed in the right hand of the dying man with the prayer, 'The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear?' Whom shall this particular child fear, when it was believed by the Church that the whole truth and meaning of baptism was achieved in the act of martyrdom? 'Baptism and suffering for the sake of Christ', according to a second-century bishop, are the two acts which bring full 'remission of sins'.

It was considered best to baptise the child on the same day as its birth, if such haste were practicable, since an infant unbaptised would be consigned to limbo after its death. To leave this world in a state of original sin was to take a course to that eternal dwelling, Limbus puerorum, suspended between heaven, hell and purgatory. There the little unbaptised souls would dwell in happy ignorance beside the more formidable and haunting Limbus patrum, which contained the souls of Noah, Moses and Isaiah together with (in Dante's epic) Virgil, Aristotle, Socrates and all the good men who lived on earth before the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Adam had already been dragged from this place at the time of Christ's crucifixion, but there was continual debate within the Church about the consequences of denying new-born children the eternal comfort of paradise. Could a child be saved by the desire, the votum, of its parents? Thomas More himself would eventually concede only that 'those infantes be dampned onely to the payne of losse of heauen'.

In various late medieval pictures of baptism, in manuscripts and devotional manuals, the priest stands with his surplice and stole beside the font. Sometimes he seems to be balancing the infant in the palm of his hand, yet the child is so unnaturally large and alert for such an early stage in its life that we can only assume it acquired mental consciousness with its spiritual renovation. A clerk with a surplice stands behind the priest, while two sponsors and the child's father are generally seen beside the font. In some depictions of this first of the seven sacraments, an image of the dying Christ hangs behind the human scene. But the mother was rarely, if ever, present.

In the more pious households, she would have worn a girdle made out of manuscript prayer rolls in the last stages of her pregnancy, and it was customary in labour to invoke the name of St Margaret as well as the Blessed Virgin. She remained secluded after giving birth, and two or three weeks later was led out to be 'churched' or purified. When she was taken to the church, her head was covered by a handkerchief, as a veil, and she was advised not to look up at the sun or the sky. She knelt in the church while the priest blessed her and assured her, in the words of Psalm 121, that 'the sun shall not burn her by day, nor the moon by night. It was a ceremony both to celebrate the birth of the child and to give thanks for the survival of the mother. This is the late fifteenth-century world into which Thomas More was baptised.

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Meet the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery (November 30, 1874–April 24, 1942) publicly known as L.M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. The first novel was followed by a series of sequels. Montgomery went on to publish twenty novels as well as 500 short stories and poems. Because many of the novels were set on Prince Edward Island, Canada and the Canadian province became literary landmarks. She was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this story, for the first time, when I was a very young girl, about 56 years ago and, since I come from Nova Scotia, I found it very interesting as Prince Edward Island is very close to where I grew up. I've lived in the USA for the last 35 years and have read it several more times through the years. I know it will continue to be read for many years to come by people of all ages, places and cultures. It is a wonderful story that little girls will love and continue to love throughout their lifetime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
L.M. Montgomery's human insight is excellent. She was a very perceptive woman. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables!!! At the age of six (20 years ago) my mother woke me up in the middle of the night laughing and said, 'I'm reading a book about you!' Naturally, this startled me that there could be a book about me in circulation! Her friend had recommended it to her, saying 'You should read Anne of Green Gables, because you're raising her!' I've been a fan of Anne ever since! Reading the book is a good outlet when I feel misunderstood:-'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful book! Anne had a big imagination, and she used in alot of things. When she had something she didnt like, she imagined it was fancy and in her mind she turned it into something she did like.I loved this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could there be any other book more classic and heart warming than this book? I'd say never. It is amazing how much imagiation and wonder is in such an enchanting tale. This young girl is the girl everyone is jealous of because of her radient opinion and imagation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been searching for some time now for a preschool version of Anne for my daughters, who are 5 and 3. I've loved Anne since I was a child and was too impatient to wait for them to be old enough for the full-length series! This book arrived today and I could not be more happy with it. It's beautifully illustrated and adapted perfectly for this age group. I can't wait to give it to my girls for Christmas!
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Ravenrocks More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing book!! it gives you such a different perspective on life because Anne has such an amazing imagination. Before I read it I thought it would be to wordy but I was completely wrong!!!!!!
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This book was a literary masterpiece; enjoyable for all ages. The characters were realistic, as well as the predicaments they encountered. I think that the main character, Anne was passionate about her likes and dislikes. The first two chapters are a little slow, but once you get into the story, you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fictional story Anne Of The Green Gables is a very interesting written book .It begins by a prince wanting to adopt a boy from Nova Scotia in Canada. But something does not go right. The day came when the adopted boy was going to meet his or her adoption parent so the doorbell rings and the prince says "come in" the kids and his or hers chaperone that brought the kid from the orphanage to meet this prince. The prince thinks he is getting a boy but sure enough it was a girl. A girl named Anne Shirley. Anne is a very nice lonely girl who has spent most of her live at the orphanage. The prince was very discouraged that he got a girl and he said he did not want her but Anne Shirley said" I have always wanted a actual home to live in not a orphanage". He said "ok" you could stay here for a night or two and see how it works out for you. Anne said ok and said goodbye to the chaperone. The price ended up adopting her. She is now living a wonderful life with the prince. As the days pasted she goes outside and looks around and walks over to the neighbors yard and asked the girl across the street if she would like to be best friends. The best friends said ok and off they did everything together. That is what the story is mostly about. Some negative things that happened in the story is a old lady named Marllina chopped of most of Anne's hair. Anne did not enjoy her new look. But eventually it grew back. Some positive things are that Anne now lives in an actual home that she can call "home" also that she has new best friends that she does everything with. The author wrote this book in a style that I would call very softly and mellow. I did not find this book that exciting I would recommend it to girls that like not so exciting books. I recommend the book Hoot and A Penny From Heaven and P.S Longer Latter later. Some similar books are Anne Of The Avolea and Penny from Haven. Overall I enjoyed this book!