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If I Couldn't Be Anne: 06/02/20

If I Couldn't Be Anne

If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout is a picture book from Anne Shirley's point of view. Anne as she's introduced in Anne of Green Gables is a talkative, enthusiastic child. We're given lots of monologs from her and this book tries to dig down to the basic emotions behind her run-on sentences.

Anne starts off comparing herself to the nature around her on Prince Edward Island. She could be a gull. She could be the wind. Then she goes on to different heroines from stories she likes. She could be a tightrope walker or a lily maid. And so forth.

Of course her puffy sleeves get a cameo. Readers of the original book will recall how much she wanted a dress with puffy sleeves!

Each of these day dreamed scenes are lovingly recreated through Geneviève Godbout's illustrations. She works in pastels and colored pencils. The texture of her work adds a soothing dimension to Anne as she explores and dreams.

There's a previous book in this series, Goodnight, Anne (2018) which I plan to read.

Five stars

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