Lindsey at Reeder Reads is hosting a Green Gables Readalong, in which we will read one Anne book a month from January to August. I didn’t even hesitate to jump on board for this one.
We all know the story of Anne (at least we all should). So, I won’t go into detail about the story, but I will say that I enjoyed re-visiting Anne and all her scrapes. But, there are a couple of things I appreciated more as an adult than I did as a child; Marilla’s sarcasm, and the value L.M. Montgomery puts on education (especially for girls). And, I still cried as much as ever at the end. This really is a book for all ages.
I thought it might be fun to have a look at the Anne of Green Gables book covers over the years.
The Original cover (1908):
My 8-year-old inscription and artwork, and my 11-year-old daughter’s signature and age, on the inside cover (which was just recently chewed on by the dog):
Covers published in 1976 and 1977 (a bit drab):
Covers published in the 1980s (bright and cheery):
Covers published in the 1990s (back to drab):
2000-2010 (most diverse, but not as traditional):
Most recent editions (I like the graphic covers. I think the last one is my favourite.):
Now, I have to make fun of a few of them.
Anne Goes Trick-or-Treating:
Anne of the Desert:
Pippi of Green Gables:
Book covers that no child would ever pick up on their own:
Which one is your favourite? Which copy do you own?
You can find 105 Years of Anne of Green Gables covers at The Hairpin.
Take a look at this book cover that sparked a lot of controversy.
Matching up book covers with dresses at Talking with Tundra.
I love Lindsey’s post about the things that surprised her when she re-read Anne of Green Gables.
And, I just have to ask: Which would you rather be if you had the choice- divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?