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    Anne of Green Gables: Canada’s Sweetheart

    Fiery-haired, bright-eyed, Anne Shirley became cemented as a Canadian icon very nearly as soon as her story hit shelves in 1908. Even reading Anne of Green Gables one hundred and twelve years later, it is easy to see how the plucky orphan with her flaming red hair and flair for the dramatics won the hearts’ of young and old. Though L.M. Montgomery is most well known for Anne of Green Gables, for whose titular heroine she went on to write seven more books chronicling both Anne’s adventures and later that of her children, she also went on to pen the lesser known Emily of New Moon trilogy, along with Pat…

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    The Secret Garden on Screen: Old and New

    Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, has been a beloved story in my family for many years. My mother read it to my aunt when she was young, and then later to me and my sister. Carrying a message of hope and renewal, the tale of a little girl who learns to bring a garden back to life, and along with it, the hearts of all whose lives she touches, including her own, is a timeless classic of children’s literature. And since there hasn’t been a major adaptation for years, not since the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland starring Kate Maberly (Daniel Deronda), I was really excited to see…