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I'm wondering when would be a good time to introduce my kids to Anne? Should I do it as a RAL, or have it be one of my daughters lit suggestions for the upcoming year? Do you feel it makes a good RAL, or one that would be better off enjoyed on your own? My oldest is 9, going into 4th grade.

 

I remember meeting Anne for the first time when I was in 6th grade. My teacher that year LOVED Anne. I admired my teacher and still remember her enthusiasm. If it hadn't been for her, I'm not sure when, or even if, I would have ever read Anne. Since then, I've fallen in love with Anne myself and L.M. Montgomery in general. I'd love for my kids, especially my daughters, to fall in love with her stories and don't want to rush it, but I'm just so excited! :)

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We did them as RAL when dd was about 7 or 8.

 

Then we watched the Sullivan movies.  Dd re-read them all herself when she was about 11 -12? She still occasionally re-reads a LM Montgomery. I think it's the Blue Castle that she really liked & the Emily books too...

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I did Anne as a read-aloud when my kids were young 9s.

 

The first chapter is kind of slow going, but hang in there.  My kids were entranced.  After I read the first book, we watched the movie, and my reader kid started reading the sequels.  (They wanted me to read the sequels, but I prefer some variety.)

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DD picked Anne of Green Gables for our car trip audio book, and was hooked at Ch. 2. I think it makes a great read aloud--and having not read it myself since I was young, I'm quite enjoying listening to it with her!

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We did it this year as a read aloud. The boys were 9 & 11. I've read it many times before and we all loved the experience. :)

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We did it (and some of the follow up books) last year as audiobooks.  My kids, including my boys, loved it.  Then we watched the movies and that was a hit, too.  I bought the entire series for DD, but she doesn't quite have the maturity/stamina to sit and read a book that long.  

 

Which is funny because she decided, on her own, that she wants to read The Wind in the Willows.  

 

Anyways...I'm going to have my older two read Rilla of Ingleside (I think it's this one...maybe Rainbow Valley?) this fall/winter when we are studying the World Wars in history.  It's a somber book, but that was a somber time.  My only hang-up is that they haven't read/heard the entire series up to that point, but I think Rilla of Ingleside can be fine as a stand-alone.  

 

I have all of the movies saved on my DVR and can't wait for the new versions to come out, lol.  

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We listened to the audiobook when my kids were 4, 2 and a baby.  It was perfect for us because my oldest was very anxious about any "scary" stories, and Anne moves nice and slow with no dramatic tension.

 

We listened to the Librivox Dramatic Reading version that has different readers for the different characters.  It really helped my kids follow the plot.

 

Wendy

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