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Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables

posted by Nell Minow
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This week we are visiting Canada’s Prince Edward Island, well known to fans of classic children’s books as the home of Anne of Green Gables and the author who created her, L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery. When I was in 6th and 7th grade I was a huge fan of the series about the red-headed orphan with a big imagination and an even bigger heart who held on so tightly to the “e” at the end of her name. I loved the way each book’s title indicated the widening of her physical and emotional world as she went from Green Gables, Avonlea, the Island. I also read some of Montgomery’s other books, including Tales of Avonlea and More Tales of Avonlea, which reflected more deeply Montgomery’s views on spirituality and sacrifice. And I believe that the miniseries is one of the finest book-to-movie adaptations ever put on film. Every detail and performance is everything Ms. Montgomery and Anne could have wished for. I am looking forward to touring Anne’s community with my family and if I take any good pictures, I’ll post them.

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Project Gutenberg’s online version of Anne of Green Gables.

  • jestrfyl

    I guess I was too much of a guy to read or appreciate the books. however, I do think the area is beautiful(in summer). It is probably too soon for blueberries, but at least the fish chowder ought to be good!

  • Brian Tooley

    My in laws just came back from visting Canada and Prince Edward Island. My mother in law, who by the way is a HUGE fan of yours, said that Prince Edward Island is so beautiful and the soil is red. Enjoy yourself!!!
    In college, I did a project on Anne of Green Gables for my Children’s Literature class. I absolutely love these books and have them on my shelf with other series (Narnia, The Lord of the Rings) so my daughter can enjoy them when she is older.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Brian! I am glad you are an Anne (with an “e”) fan. We had a wonderful visit on Prince Edward Island and I will post some pictures when we return, including a great shot of the red dirt. And my very best regards to your mother-in-law!

  • Warren Sager

    We were there in 1996, and it was October and we arrived in a blizzard. We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast (farm house) and enjoyed the Green
    Gables house and seeing stuff related to Anne. My wife loved those books growing up and she had always wanted to visit there. The snow was gone by morning and it was a beautiful day. We heard that if you go in the summer, there is a live musical show about Anne that plays every year. Also, we found it funny to see a little red haired girl on all the license plates. We drove around the island, saw the red clay beaches and found the area very quaint and enjoyable. Have a good time.

  • Shelley

    I am a Canadian and a huge fan of the Anne miniseries. I still have my VHS tapes from when it originally aired, and every couple of years I watch it again. Megan Follows was incredible as Anne, and the cast was a who’s who of Canadian talent. The follow-up TV series “Road to Avonlea” is also a must-see.
    What amazes me is how the Japanese have taken to Anne. The number of Japanese tourists who flock to PEI every summer to visit Avonlea and see the annual stage production in Charlottetown is astounding.

  • teffjohn

    Well,Anne is an orphan who is sent from the orphanage to Prince Edward Island, where she believes adoption awaits by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, an older couple – not husband and wife, but brother and sister. Anne is chatty and passionate, and her imagination gets her into loads of trouble, yet when she arrives, Marilla informs her that she in fact wanted a boy. The emotional Anne is distraught, believing that she will be sent back to the Asylum, and she provides quite the contrast to the practical-minded Marilla.
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    teff john

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