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Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cartoon Anne of Green Gables is sweet, with worthy lessons.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+
I like this show, and something is missing from Common Sense Media: the fact that Qubo airs this show as of May 13, 2013. I can't believe this channel brought it back, as I used to like it when I was younger; about 11-12 years before Minecraft came out. Overall, I like Anne of Green Gables because of the great lessons it has.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

good program

A very nice show

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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It's nearly impossible to be simultaneously ultra-gentle yet not cloying, but this series somehow manages it. Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series has two secret weapons: Terrific source material and well-realized characters. The source material, of course, is well-known; Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables has been beloved since it was first published in 1908, and taught in classrooms for generations. Many of the adventures in The Animated Series are drawn directly from Montgomery's book, such as the green-hair disaster that occurs when Anne tries to dye her hair a less noticeable color than her trademark red.

The source material is also partially responsible for the realistic characters. Montgomery gave Anne spunk and spark, with a terrific imagination: She visualizes trees talking to her, or a toad helping her with her spelling. Anne is quick to anger, and often does the wrong thing, but her mistakes are just a prelude to her learning lessons about parent-approved values like kindness, thoughtfulness, and consideration. Guardian Matthew is doting and loving, Marilla is prim and a bit reticent, but clearly fond of Anne. This is a series that offers typical PBS-style character lessons, but it has so much heart and sincerity that parents and kids alike will be enchanted.

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