One of the reasons I read aloud to my children is that it gives me an excuse to enjoy all the books I loved as a child over again. Plus, it is interesting to view the same books from an adult perspective. Now, I will admit, that some books just do not hold up and I am left wondering why I loved it so as a child, but others do. The Anne of Green Gables books certainly fit in the latter category. I love them as much as an adult as I did when I was a child. Not only are children portrayed as real children, but LM Montgomery captures motherhood so vividly as well. For instance,
"But Anne was feeling conscience-stricken. 'I should have found out what was troubling her [in reference to her daughter, Nan]. But I've been too much taken up with other things this week... things that really mattered nothing compared to a child's unhappiness. Think of what the poor darling has suffered.'
She stooped repentantly, gloatingly over them. They were still hers... wholly hers, to mother and love and protect. They still came to her with every love and grief of their little hearts. For a few years longer they would be hers... and then? Anne shivered. Motherhood was very sweet... but very terrible."
-from Anne of Ingleside