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The Great Read­ing Chal­lenge: A chil­dren’s clas­sic

Fic­tion: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Mont­gomery. Anne Shirley is a spir­ited or­phan who is mis­tak­enly sent to Prince Edward Is­land to help out on the fam­ily farm of el­derly sib­lings, Matthew and Mar­illa Cuth­bert. Though not the sturdy boy the Cuth­berts re­quested, Anne is in­tel­li­gent, imag­i­na­tive, and kind, and proves to be ex­actly what the Cuth­berts needed. Her two ad­ver­saries are hy­per­crit­i­cal Mrs. Rachel Lynde and school­mate, Gil­bert Blythe, who calls Anne “car­rots.” Anne demon­strates her courage and heart as she strives to adapt to her new life.

Non-fic­tion: Wild Things: The Joy of Read­ing Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture as an Adult by Bruce Handy. An ex­plo­ration of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture through the lens of adult­hood re­veals sto­ries and char­ac­ters as iconic as those in any other clas­sic lit­er­a­ture. The sto­ries that have shaped chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tions for years reignite our creativ­ity and sense of play as adults. When re­vis­it­ing a child­hood favourite book, we reen­counter the old anew with lay­ers of life un­der­stand­ing that add com­plex­ity to our ex­pe­ri­ence.

Youth: Win­nie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Win­nie-the-Pooh (some­times called Pooh or Edward the bear) is a honey lov­ing, happy-go-lucky bear who lives in the Hun­dred Acre Wood. His com­pan­ions are: Eey­ore, a down­hearted don­key; Tig­ger, a play­ful tiger; Piglet, an eas­ily fright­ened pig; a wise Owl; nosy Rab­bit; and the vi­brant kan­ga­roo Kanga and her joey, Roo. Mas­ter of the do­main is Christopher Robin, who helps his an­i­mal friends from time to time and joins them on ad­ven­tures.

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