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.