I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, as a series as individual books and as a person Anne Shirley is basically my mental bestie. As in I think, “what would Anne Shirley do?” at times. So every once in a while I reread the books because, I LOVE Anne and all that she comes with. In book two of the series, Anne of Avonlea Anne becomes a school ma’am you know a teacher and it is the beginning of some more wonderfulness.
I think part of why I adore Anne so much is because of the way I feel when I read it. When I read about Anne and her friends I feel calm, happy, peaceful, hopeful, and honestly I feel like I’m home. It just feels like I’m back home with old friends. Re-reading this book helped me remember and also see some parallels in my own life. When I first read Anne of Green Gables (and totally did “NOT” binge read the next few books because I was enthralled) totally didn’t read them, nope. Anyways, I just felt so glad that there was a character out there that was driven by imagination and a desire for adventure. Seriously Anne is amazing and caring and kind and hard-working and I can talk about her forever. But the world as I have been reminded, does not actually revolve around me and my feelings so here goes the actual review…
Anne becomes a teacher in Avonlea! Awesome! She has a nice history (okay maybe not “nice”) with children. Now she gets to have experience teaching them, she’s all grown up now (sort of) and is fresh out of Queens and on her way to broaden her horizons. I love the fact that Anne is a teacher now because I realize that some of my own philosophies for teaching children (oh by the way I am working towards teaching tiny humans too, surprise!) parallel with those of Anne. I too have adored children since I was one myself, so maybe my philosophies have been inherently my own or maybe they came to me when I read this book, I can’t exactly remember. Point is, we match up.
“I shall govern by affection” -Anne
“The trouble with you, Anne, is that you’ll expect to teach those children everything and reform all their faults right off, and if you can’t you’ll think you’ve failed.” – Marilla
It’s what works! Why teach by fear when you can win them over with kindness? Since you know back in the 1800s kids could be whipped. It works for Anne with a lot of her students, except, you know if you’ve read anything about Anne, the Pyes. But eventually even that changes.
This book has Anne growing in a lot of ways, she’s learning, she’s teaching, starting and up keeping the Avonlea Village Improvement Society, she’s helping take care of the twins Davy and Dora and maintaining a relatively sane state of mind somehow. I wish I was more like that honestly.
That’s the thing she makes me want to be a better, more polished and overall more put together person.
Avonlea folks are still as charismatic in book two as they were before and then some. Anne and Marilla’s new neighbor Mr. Harrison and his foul-mouthed parrot Ginger for one do help start out and carry on some of the amusement in Anne’s life this time around. Marilla taking up twins, while trying to stay sane and maintain her ideals on child rearing is still really fun to watch. I mean she’s just so sarcastic all the time you can’t NOT laugh.
“Marilla,” said Anne solemnly, but with dancing eyes, “do I look as if I were crazy?”
“Not more so than usual,” said Marilla, with no thought of being sarcastic.
Not to mention he overall amazingness of Anne’s mere desire to be good, which is actually something that is to be admired. Seriously, I love characters that are horrid and cruel and all as much as the next guy, but it’s a breath of fresh air when I remember that there’s also sweethearts like Anne and Gilbert.
I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me… to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.”
“I think you’re fulfilling that ambition every day,” said Gilbert admiringly.
Bonus Quotes cus Why not?
“Some are born old maids, some achieve old maidenhood, and some have old maidenhood thrust upon them,” parodied Miss Lavendar whimsically.”
Anyone else read this and think of Uncle Because I did, every single time.
“If I had money to waste,” said Eliza grimly, “I’d burn it up and have the fun of seeing it ablaze maybe.” seriously, the setting and time period may not be now but you can’t deny that this level of sass is anything but outdated.