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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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Feb 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mother-daughter-book-group
Read from November 30, 2014 to April 15, 2015

I hadn't read Anne of Green Gables since I was about thirteen, and I just reread it with my daughter. It's still a charming story, mostly because of Anne's voice. She's dramatic and stubborn and actually very funny. We both noticed that most of the episodes are retellings by Anne or other characters and the action is limited, so the voices of those characters have to be particularly strong to carry this off. The other thing that really struck me is what a mistake we make in reading these classics to or with our kids when they're too young. Thirteen might seem too "mature" for a book like this, but my daughter was old enough to appreciate the humor, which is its greatest strength. You really have to be a little bit older than Anne, who is eleven at the beginning, in order to find her funny. I'm lucky my 13-year-old is still willing to read a book with me!
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Patrice Have you seen the tv production with Coleen Dewhurst? It was wonderful. I read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm to my daughter when she was about 9. It was very similar to Anne, so much so that I checked when it was written...before Anne. When we were done reading it my daughter cried. There is nothing so wonderful as sharing a beloved book with your child!

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