Anne of Green Gables to my daughter at bedtime. I figured it would be nice for her to know the story before we take a trip to Prince Edward Island this summer. Since Anne is everywhere over there, it would enhance the experience for the girl to know who this person is and why all the fuss.
If you don't know, the gist of the story is an elderly brother and sister send away for an orphan boy to help them on their farm. When the brother, Matthew, meets the child at the railway station, he finds an 11 year old girl, Anne, instead of a boy. He takes her home to Green Gables where his sister, Marilla, is annoyed at the mistake and intends to send her back to the orphanage. However, Matthew lobbies to keep Anne as he's completely charmed by the talkative red-head. Matthew has his way. The rest of the book chronicles the next five years of their lives at Green Gables as Anne grows into a young woman.
Sweet. An absolutely sweet story to read to your child. I can't say she understood everything. Montgomery doesn't use a small word when she can use a ginormous one and purple prose doesn't quite cover some of her descriptions. My girl loved Anne and how much she talks. Anne reminds me of her; she only stops talking when she sleeps. She also giggled every time Matthew said, "Well, I dunno..." which was often.
I enjoyed reading all those funny moments again: Anne dying her hair, Gilbert and the slate, Diana and the raspberry cordial (though I had to explain what drunk meant). She enjoyed those stories too. There was one part I was dreading reading, and if you read it you know the part I'm talking about, there is death in Avonlea as well as life. It was very hard to read that section of the story but I managed it. My daughter's reaction was subdued, all she said was, "Why do books have to have sad parts?" Maybe because the sad parts make the happy parts all the more sweet.
Anne was definitely a hit with the chicklet. Hopefully, someday she'll read Anne of Green Gables on her own but I'm glad I got to share with her first.
PS- Will now have to find the Megan Follows film version on DVD.