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Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne's House of ... Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside Mass Market Paperback – Box set, October 6, 1998
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When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends--and much trouble--her way. Not a day goes by without some melodramatic new episode in the tragicomedy of her life. Early on, Anne declares her eternal antipathy for Gilbert Blythe, a classmate who commits the ultimate sin of mocking her hair color. Later, she accidentally dyes that same cursed hair green. Another time, in her haste to impress a new neighbor, she bakes a cake with liniment instead of vanilla. Lucy Maud Montgomery's series of books about Anne have remained classics since the early 20th century. Her portrayal of this feminine yet independent spirit has given generations of girls a strong female role model, while offering a taste of another, milder time in history. This lovely boxed gift collection comprises Anne of Green Gables, Anne of the Island, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 2–4—Kessler reduces Montgomery's delightfully descriptive narrative to a bare-bones, easy-to-read plot summation. Though much of the dialogue and phrasing are taken directly from the original, this version suffers from abrupt transitions and loses much of its warmth, wit, and literary finesse. While the basic events of Anne's life and relationships are clearly conveyed, the adaptation lacks spirit, and the vivacious protagonist comes across as flat. Her maturation from girl to young woman, which develops naturally over the course of the novel, seems all too sudden and unsatisfying in this picture-book rendition. Any sense of the time period and the colorful setting-which are so vividly expressed in Montgomery's writing—are conveyed here only through the warm-hued full-page and spot illustrations. Young readers would do better to wait until they have the necessary vocabulary and skills to experience the real thing.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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I was very surprised to find that I kept tripping on certain sentences; the writing didn't seem as smooth as I remembered. When I got to chapter 6, I decided to compare a sentence in the digital print to my old, yellowing physical copy of Anne of Green Gables book. I realized why I had some difficulty reading my new digital copy: THERE ARE TYPOS IN THIS PRODUCT.
It contains the WORST kinds of typos. There are typos in which it results in sentences that don't make sense. There are typos with the wrong pronouns in them that make it confusing for the reader to understand which character the publisher meant to write about. I am able to follow the story because I've read Anne of Green Gables more than once with my hard copy but for new readers, these typos will make this beautiful story difficult to read and at times, understand.
I hope the digital copy can be fixed so that owners can enjoy L.M. Montgomery's work as it was meant to be enjoyed. I have given this two stars instead of one because of the fabulous price for kindle readers.
I usually like to read everything an author wrote, in the order in which they make sense, not necessarily the order they were written in. This collection has them in logical order, and seems to be complete (I think one might be missing). It's very convenient having them all in one place, and syncing across all my devices, so I can read anytime, anywhere, hassle free.
I really enjoyed the picture gallery before each book begins, of all the different book covers it was published in.
I'm also enjoying the stories! I actually never read any "Anne" books growing up, but thought I'd give them a try as a 40-something English teacher. I was hooked - I became fascinated with Montgomery's portrayal of country life over 100 years ago, and especially in Canada's Prince Edward Island region, which, as a fairly typical American, I know absolutely nothing about.
I think these books also appealed to me because my entire life revolves around school, and I also love nature, like Anne. Sure, she and the other characters are all goody-two shoes, Leave it to Beaver types, but I'm getting a little tired of the pervasive violence in society today (like shoot 'em up zombies and bondage). These books are just a nice little breath of fresh air! (By the way, back then, "nice" was not a good word - it meant superficial and fake. Just sayin'!)
1. It says "Complete Collection", but you are only getting Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. If you are wanting a complete "Complete Collection" of the Anne stories, this is not it.
2. Yes, there is a free audio book, but you get ads for it in the middle of your reading. At least they didn't put it smack in the middle of a paragraph or something. Kind of annoying.
3. Illustrations. Yep. They're there! But don't be fooled into thinking they actually have anything to do with the story. Not. One. Bit.
This will do for reading this series...erm...duo of books to my kids, but had I known about these 3 issues, I would have shopped around a little more. I guess the good thing is that it was only a $.99 mistake.
The story itself is wonderful and just what I remembered from reading it as a child. I am reading to my kids and they enjoy it very much.