Our travels this week brought us to Prince Edward Island, Canada. It’s the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. While driving along the north coast of the island, enjoying the spectacular scenery, we came across the birthplace and final resting place of LMM, the House of Green Gables (now part of a national historic site), and Silver Bush, the home of LMM’s aunt and uncle, and setting for one of her other books. There is also a small Victorian-style village full of shops, called Avonlea.
Seeing all of the sites from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life and books reminded me of what a wonderful set of books (and miniseries!) these were. The story of an orphan, the turn of the century time frame, and of course the beautiful setting all come together to make a timeless tale. I suppose these kinds of books have gone a bit out of style (The Secret Garden, Pippi Longstockings, Anne of Green Gables), but if I had a young reader who was looking for longer chapter books, but wasn’t quite ready for our modern day “young adult”, these are still excellent reads. I think I’ll order a copy for my sixth grade niece to read on her new e-reader.