The sweet and funny second book in a new early-reader series, starring the spirited and outspoken Anne Shirley as she makes friends and settles into life at Green Gables with a few hijinks along the way, of course!
Anne is nervous and excited to meet Diana, a neighbor girl who she just knows will be a kindred spirit. She's even more excited when she learns that she's invited to her very first picnic! Until Marilla's precious brooch goes missing and it looks like it's Anne's fault. That is, Marilla is upset and Anne's picnic adventure is now in jeopardy. Ultimately, the misunderstanding with the brooch is resolved and Anne is able to go to the picnic. Anne and Diana's friendship blossoms and Anne's bond with Matthew and Marilla grows stronger.
Lovingly adapted by Kallie George with beautiful nostalgic illustrations by Abigail Halpin, this series is perfect for fans of Anne, new and old.
About the Author
KALLIE GEORGE is an author, editor and creative writing teacher. She has written numerous books for early readers, including Anne Arrives (book 1), The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series, The Heartwood Hotel series and The Wings of Olympus series, as well as numerous picture books, such as Goodnight, Anne, Secrets I Know and The Lost Gift. Kallie currently lives in Vancouver, BC, and feels positively certain she and Anne Shirley are kindred spirits.
ABIGAIL HALPIN is an illustrator living in southern Maine, a few miles from the sea. Her illustrations are a blend of traditional and digital media, and she has illustrated many beautiful children's books including Finding Wild, Fort Building Time and, most recently, Mama's Belly. Her parents gave her a copy of Anne of Green Gables for her eighth birthday, which still sits on her bookcase in her studio, and her work for the Anne chapter book series was influenced by her teen memories of Prince Edward Island as one of the most beautiful, magical spots on the planet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in an early reader series about Anne of Green Gables. I read the first book in this series, Anne Arrives, a beautifully illustrated adaptation of Anne of Green Gables aimed at early readers last year. These books follow the story of Anne, Matthew and Marilla, so it is best to read these books in order. This short chapter book covers the meeting of Anne and Diana and their wonderful friendship that develops. I wish this series had been around when I tried to read Anne to my young daughter. It is very true to the original story with wonderful illustrations that appear vintage so as not to take away from the time period of the story. They do a wonderful job of depicting the storyline. This would make a beautiful series for a parent and child to read together while introducing them to the world of Anne with an "e". Even with this shorter version, the personalities of Anne, Marilla, Matthew and Diana shine through. This is a great book to introduce young children to a classic piece of literature.
The second in a new series inspired by the original L.M. Montgomery books, this easy reader is a charming way to introduce young readers to the spunky, outspoken heroine of Green Gables. Accompanied by delightful illustrations, this book maintains the spirit of the original while simplifying the story and making it accessible to beginning readers. This particular book focuses on the beginning of Anne and Diana's friendship--and the adventures they find along the way. Anne was my first bosom friend, and I'm excited that Kallie George is writing this series for a new generation of brave and daring young girls, who will fight for friendship as fiercely as Anne Shirley.
Charming and Beautifully Illustrated Last August I read the first book in this series, Anne Arrives, a beautifully illustrated adaptation of Anne of Green Gables aimed at early readers. I have checked periodically to see if the second book was available, and I was fortunate to be given a copy. As in the first book, there is a valuable lesson learned, perhaps by more than one person. Anne continues to be her spirited self, while at the same time she is nervous about meeting Diana. She wants to make a good impression because she is sure they will be the best of friends, her ”kindred spirit,” making her Anne’s first real friend in this new place. Anne is even more excited when she finds out that there will be a picnic, and – best of all – Diana’s mother says she “reads too much.” Clearly, they are two friends whom destiny has brought together. With vivid, colourful and charming illustrations, this was an absolute delight to read. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada / Tundra Books