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A Child's Anne

TitleA Child's Anne
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsKessler, Deirdre, Floyd Trainor, and L. M. Montgomery
PublisherRagweed Press
DescriptorsAdoption; Chapter Book; Farming; Friendship; Imagination; Picture Book; Prince Edward Island; School

Prince Edward Island

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A Child's Anne is Deirdre Kessler's retelling of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables for younger audiences. This chapter/picture book is a condensed version of the original Anne, and includes Floyd Trainer's black and white stipple drawings of scenes from the story.


"'Gilbert Blythe will be in school today, Anne. He's good-looking and smart. Oh--there he is!' Diana pointed to a tall, curly-haired boy, who nodded hello and winked at Anne.
      'I think your Gilbert Blythe is handsome,' whispered Anne. 'But he's very bold. It isn't good manners to wink at a strange girl.'
      That morning in school Anne sat with her chin propped in her hand and day-dreamed. She did not notice Gilbert trying to get her attention. He was not used to putting himself out to make a girl look at him. All the Avonlea girls liked him. Finally, Gilbert reached across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne's long red braid, held it out, and said in a piercing whisper:
      Anne woke and sprang to her feet.
      'You mean, hateful boy!' she exclaimed angrily. 'How dare you!' THWACK! She brought her slate down on Gilbert's head" (17-18).