Book Review: Anne Arrives

Sundays are For Reading - Anne Arrives

Inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, adapted by Kallie George and illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Adapted from L. M. Montgomery’s beloved classic Anne of Green Gables, this illustrated early reader series is all set to introduce a younger set of bookworms to the world of Anne’s imagination and escapades.

Anne Arrives begins with the Cuthberts’ anticipation of an orphan boy’s arrival by train. But when Matthew arrives at the station, he discovers instead an imaginative orphan girl by the name of Anne-with-an-e. The episodic nature of Anne’s adventures in the original classic make them eminently suitable to be adapted into a series of abridged stories. This book, the first in the series, introduces readers to Anne’s first few days at Green Gables.

The illustrations wonderfully display the historical setting and loveliness of Green Gables. Fully coloured, the nostalgic illustrations beautifully showcase the landmarks and house that captivate Anne’s imagination. While the language of the classic is adapted to be simple and clear, the story captures the many elements that make the original so special.

Anne’s imagination and energy are portrayed not only through the simplified narrative but in how her braids never lie still, constantly caught up in her larger-than life actions. Other characters come to life on the page as well, with Matthew’s gentle heart to Marilla’s practicality and Mrs Lyde’s nosiness on display.

As the question of whether Anne can stay at Green Gables comes to its conclusion, Anne discovers the importance of apology and meeting others’ viewpoints, in a lesson filled with good humour and delight in the world around her. Easily catching the spirit of L. M. Mongomery’s original classic story, Anne Arrives is an excellent introduction to the story of Anne Shirley for ages 8 and up.


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