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Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set, Vol. 1 (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island) Mass Market Paperback – Box set, October 6, 1997

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"Aficionados of the auburn-tressed waif will find Anne of Green Gables lavishly illustrated."
Smithsonian Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anne (with an ?e? of course)starts out as a mistake. The elderly Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had planned on adopting a boy to help Matthew with the chores on their Prince Edward Island farm. What are they to do with the red-haired, high-spirited girl who arrives instead?

Anne Shirley, with her boundless imagination and heart, slowly brings joy into the narrow lives of those around her, and into the lives of readers who have delighted in her adventures since Lucy Maud Montgomery began writing about her in 1905.

Anne?s courage, her enthusiasm, and her ability to love, have made her one of literature?s most beloved characters in Canada and around the world.

This beautifully illustrated volume, with a foreword by Kate Macdonald Butler, one of L. M. Montgomery?s grandchildren, is a treasure for those who find in Anne a familiar friend as well as for those who are discovering this ?kindred spirit? for the first time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (October 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553333062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553333060
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Anne of Green Gables Series is a wonderful collection of tales about a bright, spirited, lovely young woman. The series gets 5 stars. Seriously. Buy this for every young person you know - it's great for girls and boys, and grown ups too.

That said.

The "Updated" cover of this product is terrible. First of all, Anne has red hair. RED HAIR. It's a key part of her character and is a strong influence on her words and actions. Secondly, Anne is 10 at the start of the series. What is up with the bedroom eyes? Did they just do a Google image search for Sexy Farmgirl? Does anyone publishing this book have any idea of what the stories are actually about?

Ugh, so disappointing. Please buy Anne of Green Gables! But please don't buy this stupid version! KEEP ANNE GINGER!
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A lot of you are asking how this could happen. For instance:

1. What's that blonde sugarplum doing on the cover of Anne of Green Gables?

2. What was the publisher thinking?

3. Didn't the cover designer read the story?

Answers:

1. The photo of the blonde girl in the plaid shirt is a piece of cheap stock photography. It wasn't created specifically for these books. The photographer who took it had no idea where it would wind up. All he did was consign it to a stock art service. Some time later, the person who put this edition together paid a small fee for the non-exclusive right to use the image.

2. The publisher was thinking "Hey, free money!"

These novels are out of copyright. That means anyone can republish them. This particular omnibus edition was produced via CreateSpace, Amazon's mediocre print-on-demand operation, so the publisher didn't even have to put up much money. All it took was interior text, cover, a few pages of frontmatter, and a CreateSpace account. Amazon does the rest and gets paid for it.

When I say "publisher," don't imagine professionals working in a New York office. This edition was slapped together by someone sitting at a computer somewhere, swapping and manipulating files without reading them. You can tell they don't know or care about books. They know zero about book design, and they leave blatant errors uncorrected -- just look at the centering on the title page. They don't give the publisher's name on the title or copyright page, but they do claim copyright on the edition, which is a piece of bleeping effrontery.

The interior text has been stolen from some other publisher's edition, and has gotten seriously messed up in the process.
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The books, of course, are fabulous and you should read them immediately. But buy a set that doesn't have these terrible covers. Anne is a REDHEAD, to begin with. And a young person, not the sexpot portrayed on the cover here. It's as though the designer never opened the book at all. Book covers matter, people! They should reflect the content inside the book.
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This is nuts, offensive even. That cover image has to be a joke. Anne is a redhead and everyone knows that (or so I thought). It is a very important part of the story and having once been a little redheaded girl myself it is very important to me. I love these three books to death, but I will never buy copies of this edition for anyone. For shame!
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This book is supposed to be Anne Of Green Gables NOT Anne Does Green Gables! What is wrong with this publisher?
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Really, who is that girl? Definitely not Anne! The books are wonderful and do not deserve this disgrace of a cover. There are so many more copies out there with beautiful covers that actually have something to do with the novel. Do yourself a favor and buy one of them instead.
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First, I absolutely love the Anne of Green Gable series. I loved the movies, the television show "Avonlea", and all of the writing by L.M. Montgomery. That's why I am absolutely HORRIFIED by this new cover. I go back to read these books to get back to a simpler time; i.e., before teen girls were so objectified, among many other reasons. These books take place at the turn of the century, meaning modesty is very important, hair is always pulled back, and anyone using make up was looked at askew. What the hell were they thinking with this very sexy teenage girl?? She in NO WAY personifies what Anne is about - and the fact that Anne has red hair is only a very small reason why there is so much wrong with this cover.

If Anne had showed up at Green Gables looking like this, Marilla would have thrown her out with the bath water, and none of the rest of the series would have been written. What is the publisher THINKING??
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First off, this is published by CreateSpace, which means that someone has reformatted the books, and is now selling them as their own. While they may be past copyright protection, I find that appalling. I won't even dignify that hideous cover. Whomever is selling this should be ashamed.
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