Merry Christmas, Anne

by Kallie George (Author) Geneviève Godbout (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A heartwarming holiday picture book inspired by L.M. Montgomery's beloved classic Anne of Green Gables. It's Christmas in Avonlea, and Anne is thankful for so many things: feathery frosts and silvery seas, and wreaths as round as the moon. But most of all, she's thankful for her kindred spirits, including Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who adopted her, and her bosom friend Diana. But Anne is distracted this holiday by having to recite at the upcoming Christmas concert. And she feels bad that her kindred spirits give her so much during the year when she has very little to give in return. Can Anne overcome her jitters and make her kindred spirits proud -- and also think of a way to show her appreciation for the people she loves? With magical illustrations and a heartfelt message, this festive picture book is the perfect holiday read for Anne fans old and new and a joyous way to celebrate the season.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—The beloved Anne Shirley is back in this picture book inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery's spirited orphan. The third collaboration between George and Godbout, this holiday book chronicles Anne's first Christmas in Avonlea. She is trembling with excitement, because not only has her adopted father gifted her with her first fancy dress with puffed sleeves, but she also gets to perform at the Christmas recital. After a brief bout of stage fright, Anne, inspired by her new dress and the knowledge that kindred spirits are nearby, recites her poem. George's simple but lyrical narrative succinctly summarizes the tale found in the source material, adeptly adapting it for a younger audience. This version keeps the emotions of the original and shifts into the first-person, making it more immediate. Godbout's soft art, rendered in pastels and colored pencils, lends the work an appropriately nostalgic tone. The typeface, based on Godbout's hand lettering, adds just the right touch to complete the package. VERDICT A sweet tale to be shared with established Anne of Green Gables fans and the young readers in their lives. A general purchase for holiday sections and picture books year-round.—Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal

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Publication date
October 20, 2021
Anne of Green Gables

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