‘Anne of Green Gables,’ ‘Anne of Avonlea’ Improve Imagination and Compassion

(Note: This review contains affiliate links; if you make a purchase using the affiliate links, I get a commission. You still pay the same rate you would without using the link) In the same vein as “Winnie the Pooh” and “A Christmas Carol,” “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Avonlea” are stories that everyone should take the time to read and savor. The two books are full of melodrama, comedy, tragedy and the daydreams and love of a young girl and here neighbors. Here, everyone is accepted for who they are, even if they all have their faults.

The town gossip is a kind-hearted woman, who spends too much time in other people’s affairs. The town’s “bad” people end up liking Anne more than can be imagined, even by Anne herself. The town heart throb, constantly rebuffed by Anne, is faithful to his unrequited love.

Anne opens up the imagination and questions everything. In “Avonlea,” a young boy adopted by Anne and her mother follows suit with questions ridiculous and amazing. Anne’s best friend’s imagination is tamped down by an unfortunate incident in “the Haunted Woods,” but Anne doesn’t love her the less for it.

“Anne of Avonlea” is the better of the two stories. It’s funnier and lovelier than “Anne of Green Gables.” However, the two books together will allow you to believe in humanity again. Anne may be a bit flighty and unpredictable, but that’s just what makes her a wonderful character to be around. Just like the folks of Avonlea, you’ll learn “to know Anne is to love her.”