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Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Author of Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Author of Anne of Green Gables

by Alexandra Wallner

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This biography begins with Lucy Maud Montgomery's birth on Canada's Prince Edward Island and follows through to her death in 1942. It describes her lonely childhood growing up with her grandparents after her mother died and her father moved to Western Canada. At that time, she began writing a journal and then, as a teenager, sent her work to newspapers and magazines. Quotations from Montgomery about her writing and philosophy are interspersed throughout the text. Several pages relate how she got her idea to write Anne of Green Gables, and how she "took her memories of people she knew and made them into characters in the book." The straightforward text is enhanced by the soft illustrations of ocean and seasonal landscapes. The ample illustrations with just several sentences or short paragraphs on each page create a quiet and lovely rendition of the author's life. The author's note at the end of the book features a list of Montgomery's books, source notes, and a bibliography.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This clearly written picture-book biography presents insights into a determined and talented individual. As a child, Montgomery recorded her observations in a journal and created stories and poems. When she was 16, one of her poems was published in a newspaper. She continued to polish her writing skills, but her submissions were rejected many times. When her first book, Anne of Green Gables, was published, it quickly became a success, and Montgomery became popular. The charming, folk-art-style illustrations are reminiscent of those in Wallner's other books about remarkable women, including Beatrix Potter (1995) and Grandma Moses (2004, both Holiday House).-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A gracefully written and prettily presented account of the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island and raised by her elderly and strict grandparents. But she found worlds in the books she read and in the water, trees and natural history of the island. She kept a journal, loved local stories and made time to write. She attended Dalhousie University, sending out manuscripts again and again: "Nine out of ten manuscripts came back to me." But she did achieve astonishing success; she married and had children and became the first Canadian female member of the Royal Society of Arts in England. Any young reader will see much of Anne of Green Gables's life in Maud's, and will delight in her comment that what she liked best to read and to write was "a good, jolly [story]." Wallner's telling keeps the biography simple, though her pictures are nicely detailed and full of color, pattern and line. She infuses the story with Montgomery's emotions by quoting from her writing, sourcing the quotes in the backmatter. (list of books, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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