The first time I read Anne of Green Gables I was probably around 7 or 8. And at the risk of sounding totally cheesy, that book helped shape me into the person I am today. Anne was an incredible role model in a time when female role models in kids’ books were scarcer than they are today. She was smart (and wasn’t ashamed of it), she loved to read (and wasn’t ashamed of it). She had an incredible imagination (and wasn’t ashamed of it!!).
And it wasn’t just Anne – every woman in the book is incredible and unique, from Diana and Marilla to Miss Stacey and Rachel Lynde. The writing itself is brilliant (albeit old-fashioned; take a look at the first sentence — 149 words! Janet Reid (AKA the Query Shark) would have an aneurysm!) and the story is captivating.
I don’t know if kids these days still read Anne of Green Gables, but I really, really hope they do. And if you’re reading this post and haven’t read it yourself, go buy it today (it’s dirt cheap on Kindle!). Also worth watching is the fantastic movie adaptation with Megan Follows (probably the best book-to-movie adaptation I’ve ever seen).
Read and enjoy! 🙂