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Anne With an E

“There are so many things to be thought over and decided when you’re beginning to grow up. It keeps me busy all the time thinking them over and deciding what is right. It’s a serious thing to grow up, isn’t it, Marilla?”


Back in the fall, in one of our Friday Faces posts, we asked a handful of our staff which fictional character they would want to be best friends with in real life – 4 out of the 8 answered Anne. We posed the same question to the On Being Human speakers and 1 of the 3 picked Anne as well. Suffice it to say, she is a beloved literary character that has stood the test of time. Our Primary through Upper Middle School students are being introduced to Anne this trimester through our literary selection, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This classic book published in 1908 is a story full of humor, imagination, relationship, and personal growth. Its heroine Anne Shirley is definitely a “kindred spirit” of SLOCA. She embodies so much of what our school stands for. She is full of wonder, curiosity, and creativity, she appreciates and delights in the beauty around her, she is always learning and developing her character, and she’s a lover of quality adjectives and alliteration. 

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it?”


In our Mix-ins for Monday this week we shared just a few links for our beloved Anne, but today we wanted to share more fun ways to enjoy this timeless classic. So think of this post as mix-ins for Anne. 


“I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”


We hope you are not in the “depths of despair” as you try these recipes inspired by Anne of Green Gables.

  • Anne of Green Gables Raspberry Cordial | Don’t get it mixed up with the currant wine.
  • Grand Plum Pudding | This recipe is mouse-free.
  • Raspberry Tarts| Be sure to make enough to share.
  • Baking Powder Biscuits | Who doesn’t love biscuits?
  • Jellied Chicken | If you are feeling adventurous. This was on the menu for the dinner with the new minister.
  • Fruitcake | This is a traditional 19th-century recipe.
  • Cake | Try any of these 20 turn-of-the-century cake recipes. Just be sure to use vanilla.
  • Peas | Keep track of how much sugar is added.
  • Ice Cream | The ice cream Anne deemed “sublime” was probably made with a crank ice cream bucket, but if you don’t have one of those, let the kids do the work with this easy ice cream in a bag recipe.



Check out our school store, The Den, for a variety of Anne of Green Gables books. Here are a few others you might enjoy.

Prince Edward Island & Canada:

Anne’s beauty-loving eyes lingered on it all, taking everything greedily in. She had looked on so many unlovely places in her life, poor child; but this was as lovely as anything she had ever dreamed.

-Anne of Green Gables

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