In 1985 I was volunteering at my local public library and Iowa Public Television started running commercials for a new episode of WonderWorks, a weekly series of movies made from books to encourage reading. Honestly I watched it a lot and still couldn’t tell you another work they did without cheating and reading the list, but I was excited about Anne. The ads assumed Americans didn’t know Anne and I think they were probably right to assume that about the general public by the fact I didn’t know her and I wallowed in all sort of late 19th/early 20th century girl fiction/nonfiction. They advertised her as “part Laura Ingalls Wilder, part Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm” which I still debate whether that was an apt description or not. (Have you read Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm? If you haven’t you should and either way comment and let me know what you think.) In any case I ADORE Laura Ingalls Wilder and love Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm so they had me at the jump.
I delightedly discovered all of Montgomery’s books and it became my habit that every trip to the mall would include buying at least one Montgomery book from B. Dalton Bookseller. That happy habit is reflected on my Montgomery shelves today. Before you get started read a little about how Anne was published in the first place.
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Anne Chapter and Verse
Since I discovered the books I’ve always considered myself a Kindred Spirit, so I was delighted when the L.M. Montgomery Institute let me take part in a readalong of Anne of Green Gables in 2018. Read along with a great group of Kindred Spirits.
Chapter 1: Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Surprised by Liz Rosenberg
Rachel Lynde sees Matthew Cuthbert driving his buggy and is shocked to learn that the Cuthberts have arranged to adopt a boy to help with the farm work.
Chapter 2: Matthew Cuthbert is Surprised by Jana Tayfour
Matthew arrives at the station and finds a girl (Anne) instead of the boy he expected, but becomes enchanted.
Chapter 3: Marilla Cuthbert is Surprised by Casey Hamilton
Marilla is taken by Anne – in spite of herself.
Chapter 4: Morning at Green Gables (Take 1) by Kate Elwood
Anne wakes up at Green Gables and remembers they don’t want her after all. Matthew silently pushes Marilla to change her mind.
Chapter 4: Morning at Green Gables (Take 2) by Sara Domguia
Chapter 5: Anne’s History by Caroline E. Jones
Anne tells Marilla the story of her life, how she has been passed around from one place to the other and used as a servant without a bit of love.
Chapter 7: Anne Says Her Prayers by Sarah S. Uthoff
This is the chapter where Marilla tells Anne to say her prayers and really not knowing how she prays in the form of a business letter.
Chapter 8: Anne’s Bringing Up is Begun by Lindsay Paris
Anne learns the Lord’s Prayer.
Chapter 9: Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified by Nancy McCabe
When Mrs. Lynde coldly and unkindly assesses Anne’s looks right in front of her, Anne flies into a righteous temper and convinces Mrs. Lynde that she had been right that Anne was the kind who put strychnine in the well.
Chapter 10: Anne’s Apology by Audrey Loiselle
Convinced by Matthew that she has to apologize to Mrs. Lynde, Anne imagines out the best, most dramatic apology ever. Mrs. Lynde is impressed and decides that maybe Anne would be OK after all.
Chapter 11: Anne’s Impressions of Sunday School by Betsy Durand
Anne discovers church to be boring and when Marilla can’t go with her unintentionally shocks the congregation by covering her hat with real flowers.
Chapter 12: A Solemn Vow and Promise by Laura Robinson
Anne meets Diana Barry and they solemnly swear to be bosom friends forever.
Chapter 13: The Delights of Anticipation by Jeanette Boyd
Anne looks forward to her first taste of ice cream and the Sunday School picnic while Marilla tries to steady her by sewing patchwork.
Chapter 14: Anne’s Confession by Caroline Jones
Marilla’s amethyst brooch goes missing. Marilla doesn’t believe Anne when she says she didn’t take it, so Anne makes up an interesting confession since Marilla said she couldn’t go to the picnic unless she confessed. Marilla is furious and just when it looks like maybe she’ll send Anne away Marilla discovers the brooch and that Anne didn’t take it after all.
Chapter 15: A Tempest in the School Teapot by Melanie J. Fishbane
Anne goes to school. She meets the school chums of the these early books and her teacher, Mr. Phillips, who she doesn’t think much of. Most importantly she meets Gilbert Blythe (everybody’s favorite fictional boyfriend) when he calls her “Carrots” trying to get her attention and is answered by having a slate cracked over his head.
Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea, with Tragic Results by Ingegerd Jonasson
Anne invites Diana to tea and accidentally gives her Marilla’s medicinal wine instead of raspberry cordial. Mrs. Barry orders Diana never to play or talk with Anne again.
Chapter 17: A New Interest in Life by Elfrieda Dapplelynn
Having lost Diana, Anne pours her time and energies into her studies, especially in an effort not to lose to a certain person. (Shhh, Gilbert)
Chapter 18: Anne to the Rescue by Emily Woster
With everyone gone to a political meeting, when Diana’s little sister Minnie May comes down with the croup it falls to Anne and her hard won knowledge of child rearing that pulls the little girl through the night and wins Mrs. Barry’s forgiveness.
Chapter 19: A Concert, a Catastrophe, and a Confession by Rebecca Kate Miller
After attending a concert, Anne and Diana accidentally accost Josephine Barry in the spare room and Anne meets an unlikely kindred spirit.
Chapter 20: A Good Imagination Gone Wrong by Yoshiko Akamatsu
Anne’s imagination runs away with her as she creates a haunted wood she must then walk through.
Chapter 21: A New Departure in Flavourings by Andrea McKenzie
Mr. Phillips leaves the schoolhouse in tears with a beautiful farewell speech and then when Mrs. Allan the minister’s wife comes to call Anne accidentally flavors her beautiful cake with liniment.
Chapter 22: Anne is Invited Out to Tea by Lynda M. Leader
Mrs. Allan invites Anne to tea like a real grown-up and helps bring her further into church activities.
Chapter 23: Anne Comes to Grief in an Affair of Honor by Melanie J. Fishbane
Anne is trapped by honor into walking a ridgepole, falls off and breaks her ankle. She won’t be able to attend the first 6 weeks of school with the new teacher.
Chapter 24: Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert by Ami Lönnroth
Miss Stacy and her new ideas about things like nature studies comes to Avonlea School.
Chapter 25: Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves by Adele McMillan
Braving humiliation in the store, Matthew finally gets Anne a dress with puffed sleeves for Christmas with Mrs. Lynde’s help.
Chapter 26: The Story Club is Formed by Catherine Clark
Anne forms a club with her friends to write and share stories.
Chapter 27: Vanity and Vexation of Spirit by Sarah Conrad Gothie
Anne’s attempt to dye her hair black leaves her with green hair.
Chapter 28: An Unfortunate Lily Maid by Sarah from whatsarahread.com
Anne acts out “The Lady of the Lake” with her friends, but is rescued by Gilbert for real. He asks her to forgive him again, she almost does but in one last puff of her former anger says no.
Chapter 29: An Epoch in Anne’s Life by Tara K. Parmiter
Anne visits Charlottetown, is impressed, but decides she prefers life in Avonlea.
Chapter 30: The Queen’s Class is Organized by Carolin Sandner
Anne and Diana are separated as the students planning to try to go Queen’s Academy take a special class at the end of the school day. (Diana’s father doesn’t believe a girl needs that much education – BOO! Hissss!)
Chapter 31: Where the Brook and the River Meet by Sarah Wilson Thornham
After a final summer of girlhood we see a newly mature Anne through Marilla’s eyes.
Chapter 32: The Pass List is Out by Sarah Galletly
After having completed the entrance exam Anne has an agonizing wait to find out if she passed or not. (She and Gilbert tie for first.)
Chapter 33: The Hotel Concert by Balaka Basu
Anne speaks at a concert at the White Sands. Her piece is “The Maiden’s Vow.” Thinking that Gilbert is looking at her stage fright with satisfaction pushes Anne on, but really he’s just thinking how beautiful she is up there.
Chapter 34: A Queen’s Girl by Michaela Wipond
Anne attends Queen’s Academy taking two years in one as many students, including Montgomery in real life, did to keep expense down. Anne also gets a new ambition to go to Redmond College. Montgomery likewise would put the money she earned teaching into college, but unlike Anne she could only afford one year there.
Chapter 35: The Winter at Queen’s by Kate Scarth
Anne lives in the city of Charlottestown attending school and finding the good and the bad of city life.
Chapter 36: The Glory and the Dream by Rita Bode
Anne returns home after commencement. She wins the Avery, but is disconcerted to find both Marilla and Matthew is worse health than she left them and that Gilbert Blythe won’t be going to Redmond next year due to lack of funds. She has a heart to heart with Matthew who reinforces that he’d rather have gotten Anne than a dozen boys.
Chapter 37: The Reaper Whose Name Is Death by Vappu Kannas
Wherein Matthew dies, hope is extinguished as we are forced to accept that the horrible, unthinkable thing happened again this time.
Chapter 38: The Bend in the Road by Damaris Abreu
Marilla’s eye problem is diagnosed, Anne gives up Redmond College to take care of her and teach, Gilbert gives up Avonlea school so Anne can have it, Gilbert and Anne make up at last.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.