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Christmas with Anne (L.M. Montgomery Books) Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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Gr. 4^-7. Fourteen short stories published in magazines during the early 1900s and two Christmas episodes from Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Windy Poplars make up this collection of Christmas tales. Although the sentimentality of the magazine stories can be a bit cloying, the best ones have a certain vigor as well. Not a necessary purchase, but a book that Anne fans may want to peruse during the Christmas season. Carolyn Phelan
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Christmas With Anne ($16.95; Sept. 1996; 214 pp.; 0-385-32288- 7): The title is a misnomer: There are two Christmas stories featuring Anne (the incident of Matthew and the puffed sleeves, and the surprise thawing of Miss Katherine Brooks); the other pieces have been assembled from magazine stories never published in the US. Readers will not feel cheated, however; Wilmshurst has selected tales as heartwarming as those set at Green Gables and beyond, and Montgomery's fans are always ready for any new story that can be mustered from this fabled author's pen. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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The collection includes two Christmas stories featuring the red-haired orphan Anne Shirley. The first story recounts her second Christmas at Green Gables, when Matthew undertakes to provide her with her first pretty dress. The second story, drawn from "Anne of Windy Willows", has Anne inviting her lonely and bitter fellow schoolteacher Katherine Brooke to share in the healing cheer of a Green Gables Christmas.
The other stories follow the conventions of the day, generally with the lonely, unfortunate, and disaffected being touched by the Christmas spirit through the good will of others. Among the highlights: "Aunt Cyrilla's Christmas Basket" in which a basket of holiday cheer is a saving grace for a group of passengers stranded on a train; "Christmas at Red Butte", in which a poor girl's generosity saves a Christmas and a life; and "A Christmas Inspiration", in which a group of girls in a boarding house share some holiday cheer with a lonely fellow boarder.
"Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories" is a heartwarming collection about the real spirit of Christmas, a quality that hopefully will never go out of fashion. It is highly recommended to fans of L.M. Montgomery's short stories.