I was particularly fond of the series w Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst. When I was a college student studying chemistry and economics, there were parents of a friend that would fly me out to Cape Cod and Boston and we'd talk about Children's Literature and needlework. Once I said I had a large research paper and presentation after the weekend and they still flew me out for a visit. The mother stayed up with me typing the paper and double checking the spelling on chemical compound names while I hand drew the diagrams. I always remember how fun she made that all-nighter. Her favorite afternoon was to have me over for tea in her Wedgewood China and watch the two videos of Anne of Green Gables made in the eighties. Megan Follows looked a lot like the illustrations of the first three Anne books I received in 1974 as a fourth grader. I wish I knew the illustrator. It was the most appealing cover I had seen for the Anne books. The videos made in the eighties seemed to borrow material from the Emily books as well. Those Emily books are good as well! After grad school I took a trip w my mom and a special aunt, who has inspired me in literature and history, to Prince Edward Island. The new series, from an adult perspective, seems to portray the land topography and architecture of the island and seems true to what a young, smart, imaginative, verbose orphan from her harsh background might be like. I am enjoying the series.
When my oldest son was in sixth grade our school's curriculum used a lot of classic like David Copperfield, Prince and the Pauper,etc. and Anne of Green Gables was on the mandatory reading list. Some parents wondered how their all boy family would get through but were pleasantly surprised it turned out to be one of their son's favorite book for the year!! By the time my next son got to that grade those three books were replaced by Rising Esmeralda and Master Puppeteer which are good stories but sad the other classics were retired. If not on the required reading, it is hard for them to make time for those classics.