The author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables is paid tribute in Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life by Elizabeth MacLeod, in the same format as her previous Alexander Graham Bell. In addition to learning about the author's early life growing up on Prince Edward Island, fans of Anne can see the house that served as model for Green Gables, and will see that the author had much in common with her fictitious heroine. The right-hand page of each spread includes quotes and photos of the author and people, places and things that were important to her. A timeline and related Web sites close this informative paper-over-board volume. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Here is a biography of the author of Anne of Green Gables, one of the first "series" books for children. Ms. Montgomery's life and career are profiled in a picture book format that features a scrapbook facsimile page for every full page of text. Both the words and the pictured artifacts from Ms. Montgomery's life shed light not only on the life and works of the talented author herself, but also on the compromises, sacrifices and dedication all writers must endure in order to succeed. The format of this biography is inviting as well as informative. Students of women's rights, biography fans and readers of the Anne of Green Gables books will all find much to learn from and like about this book. 2001, Kids Can Press, $14.95 and $6.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
Gr 3-6-This highly pictorial introduction to the famous Canadian author assumes that readers are familiar with Montgomery's works, but is formatted for a younger audience. Thirteen double-page chapters tell her story. Historical facts about the times are interspersed with information about the writer and mention is made of the things that happened to her that are paralleled in her characters' lives. Captioned illustrations, photographs, and quotations fill each right-hand page and spot art and reproductions add additional snippets of information. Students who are looking for report information on someone famous will be satisfied with this slim biography. However, readers who know and love Montgomery's books will want more than is available in this cursory overview. Introduce them to Catherine M. Andronik's Kindred Spirit: A Biography of L. M. Montgomery, Creator of Anne of Green Gables (Atheneum, 1993). Montgomery's The Alpine Path (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1997) focuses on her childhood and early writing years.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Readers who have just discovered Anne Shirley of Green Gables and are wondering where she came from will find at least the beginnings of an answer in this fresh, frank picture-book biography. Montgomery comes across as a generous spirit, with both an independent streak and a strong sense of duty. MacLeod sketches both her public and private lives, pointing out real people, places, or incidents that appeared later in her books. She quotes income figures ($12,000 in 1914: as much as the Canadian Prime Minister) and describes, among other details, her youthful infatuation for one man, her secret engagement to another, and, years later, her long struggle to keep her husband's mental illness a secret. On every spread, montages of contemporary photos, portraits, book covers, quotes, memorabilia, manuscript pages, reviews, and film stills add a visual backdrop to this engaging glimpse of Canada's most famous author. A sketched figure of Maud points to important opinions or pieces of information. Montgomery's other books get a glance too, and there is a complete list at the end, along with lists of sites to visit, both in Canada and on the Web. A terrific format for an appealing subject. (index)
MacLeod’s book is the ideal introduction to this fascinating and influential writer.
? this presentation offers a good biographical overview, studded with vivid details. MacLeod gives a clear sense of Montgomery’s life and shows how she wove certain parts of her own history into her fiction. Anne of Green Gables fans will find this an accessible and entertaining choice.
... this presentation offers a good biographical overview, studded with vivid details. MacLeod gives a clear sense of Montgomery's life and shows how she wove certain parts of her own history into her fiction. Anne of Green Gables fans will find this an accessible and entertaining choice.
MacLeod's book is the ideal introduction to this fascinating and influential writer.
Quill & Quire
A terrific format for an appealing subject.