If I Couldn't Be Anne
A beautiful read-aloud picture book about the power of the imagination, inspired by the best-selling Anne of Green Gables.In this whimsical and magical picture book, Anne's boundless imagination takes flight! She imagines being all the things she loves so dearly. If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be . . . Anne wonders what it would be like to be the wind dancing round the treetops. A tightrope walker, breathless and brave. A princess in a palace made of apple blossoms. A magical frost fairy or a plain little wood elf. . . . But even as Anne's imagination soars far and wide, she comes back down to earth, recognizing that some things - like friendship! - are even better than the imagination.With adorable illustrations, and a heartfelt message, this picture book is a perfect read-aloud introduction to L.M. Montgomery's beloved Anne and will delight her brand-new fans and lifelong readers alike.

If I Couldn't Be Anne Details

TitleIf I Couldn't Be Anne
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
PublisherTundra Books (NY)
ISBN-139781770499287
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

If I Couldn't Be Anne Review

  • Virginie
    January 1, 1970
    In this sweet book illustrated by Geneviève Godbout (she's so good!), we follow Anne, daydreaming about who she could be if she wasn't Anne with an e. Kallie George takes events from the original books to tell this story and I found myself smiling at the nice references. Children won't understand at the same level, but it's still poetic and the illustrations are so beautiful. Also, it's a good way for your kids to meet Anne for the first time and when they'll grow older they'll discover the nove In this sweet book illustrated by Geneviève Godbout (she's so good!), we follow Anne, daydreaming about who she could be if she wasn't Anne with an e. Kallie George takes events from the original books to tell this story and I found myself smiling at the nice references. Children won't understand at the same level, but it's still poetic and the illustrations are so beautiful. Also, it's a good way for your kids to meet Anne for the first time and when they'll grow older they'll discover the novels!I prefered this one to Goodnight, Anne, so if you likee the latter, you'll enjoy this one as well! Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada and Netgalley for the free advance copy in exchange of an honest review.Publication date: May 12th, 2020.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    From the team that brought us Goodnight, Anne comes this sweet little book that perfectly captures the spirit of Anne Shirley with evocative text and dreamy pictures.Anne muses on what she would be if she weren't herself. For those familiar with the character, it's easy to see how her ideas are in perfect sync with Montgomery's original themes. Even Anne's dislike of her red hair is mentioned (although it's emphasized that red is far better than green, a nod to an incident in Anne of Green G From the team that brought us Goodnight, Anne comes this sweet little book that perfectly captures the spirit of Anne Shirley with evocative text and dreamy pictures.Anne muses on what she would be if she weren't herself. For those familiar with the character, it's easy to see how her ideas are in perfect sync with Montgomery's original themes. Even Anne's dislike of her red hair is mentioned (although it's emphasized that red is far better than green, a nod to an incident in Anne of Green Gables).The illustrations by Geneviève Godbout are soft and magical, yet somehow still manage to capture Anne's somewhat (often unintentionally) mischievous spirit. They're in the same style as those in Goodnight, Anne, and they're simply lovely.I would definitely recommend this to fans of Anne, as well as to those looking for books about imagination and self-esteem.Thank you to NetGalley and Tundra Books (NY) for providing a digital ARC.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful illustrated book of Anne of Green Gables as she uses her imagination to be something else. If I couldn't be Anne with e, I would rather be.... It is a beautiful way to look at the world and see it from another perspective. If you are fan of the Green Gables, you will love this edition. A Special Thank you to Tundra Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    As a long-time Anne lover, I knew I'd have to read this children's homage to one of the most beloved literary characters ever!The book took elements from Anne of Green Gables and wove them into a beautiful poem that delighted this Anne fan. There have been many different Anne interpretations and some of them haven't been my cup-of-tea because I don't feel they hold true to who Anne really was.But, this book was written how I imagine Anne would've spoken if L.M. Montgomery gave Anne license to wr As a long-time Anne lover, I knew I'd have to read this children's homage to one of the most beloved literary characters ever!The book took elements from Anne of Green Gables and wove them into a beautiful poem that delighted this Anne fan. There have been many different Anne interpretations and some of them haven't been my cup-of-tea because I don't feel they hold true to who Anne really was.But, this book was written how I imagine Anne would've spoken if L.M. Montgomery gave Anne license to write poetry for children in her books!Not only was the story wonderful; but the illustrations were whimsical and sweet. I love how well the author and illustrator captured the spirit of Anne Shirley.
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  • Alicia Bayer
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully illustrated picture book where Anne from Anne of Green Gables tells of what she would do in life if she weren't herself. Much of it is fantasy (a gull, the wind dancing on treetops, a lily maid, a tightrope walker...). The illustrations are whimsical and lovely. The text is sparse, making it a great bedtime book for those parents who must read a stack at bedtime (surely that's not just me?) and want enjoyable but brief ones in the pile some nights. :) This book will make a This is a beautifully illustrated picture book where Anne from Anne of Green Gables tells of what she would do in life if she weren't herself. Much of it is fantasy (a gull, the wind dancing on treetops, a lily maid, a tightrope walker...). The illustrations are whimsical and lovely. The text is sparse, making it a great bedtime book for those parents who must read a stack at bedtime (surely that's not just me?) and want enjoyable but brief ones in the pile some nights. :) This book will make a wonderful companion to the novel, but also stands on its own as a sweet little picture book.I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    You thought I couldn't possibly read more Anne of Green Gables, but you were wrong. This one is a lovely picture book that just came out last week. It has all the whimsy of the original in its references and illustrations. I know there are Anne board books and there are Anne early reader chapter books, but I haven't come across any Anne picture books before!
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    2,5/5. Gorgeous illustrations and a nice inspiration from Anne of Green Gables. Unfortunately that's about all there is. The book/story in itself is a bit too light/empty for my taste.
  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgally and the author and publisher for the gifted copy of If I couldn't be Anne.I thought the illustrations were gorgeous. This little book is a great nod to Anne Shirley. It has very little text per page so it's a quick easy read.What I didn't enjoy was the repetitive use of a certain sentence. I found that a little irritating. 4 stars.
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  • BespectacledBookGirl
    January 1, 1970
    #Partner #arc “From a fearless tightrope walker to a princess in a palace made of apple blossoms—when Anne lets her imagination run wild, she can become anything she wants to be! But even as her flights of fancy soar far and wide, Anne knows that some things—like friendship, family and her beloved Green Gables—are even better than what she can imagine. Inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel, this charming picture book invites readers both young and old to daydream with Anne through realms o #Partner #arc “From a fearless tightrope walker to a princess in a palace made of apple blossoms—when Anne lets her imagination run wild, she can become anything she wants to be! But even as her flights of fancy soar far and wide, Anne knows that some things—like friendship, family and her beloved Green Gables—are even better than what she can imagine. Inspired by L.M. Montgomery’s classic novel, this charming picture book invites readers both young and old to daydream with Anne through realms of endless possibility.” If you couldn’t be you, who—or what—would you be? I would be paint, ready to bring forth a friendly painter’s vision, or possibly the chatter in the tree leaves <3This is a charming picture book INDEED! Kallie George is a Kindred Spirit who takes us into the familiar mind of our favorite dreaming redhead. Anne’s imagination is one of her distinguishing features, and where LM Montgomery left off, Kallie picks up and pens a darling, true-to-character train of thought from the world’s most unfettered dreamer. We are transported into Anne’s sparkling stream of consciousness by the rich illustrations of Geneviève Godbout. Luscious layers of color not only illustrate beautiful scenes of Anne playing in her daydreams, but evoke the sumptuous, mundane magic of Green Gables. The illustrations made my art curator heart soar!Some of my favorite aspects of Tundra’s Inspired by Anne collection are the original artwork which accompanies the story and the careful attention to reproducing it in print! This truly makes these books collectors items as well as necessities for little reader’s libraries. You can add this book to your collection on May 12, 2020! My sincere thanks to Tundra for sending me this free ARC for review– I am delighted to add this to my Anne collection!
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  • pawsandpagesbyannie
    January 1, 1970
    If I Couldn’t Be Anne by Kallie GeorgePublication Date: May 12, 2020 - in 3 days!Description from NetGalley...“A beautiful read-aloud picture book about the power of the imagination, inspired by the best-selling Anne of Green Gables.In this whimsical and magical picture book, Anne's boundless imagination takes flight! She imagines being all the things she loves so dearly. If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be . . . Anne wonders what it would be like to be the wind dancing round If I Couldn’t Be Anne by Kallie GeorgePublication Date: May 12, 2020 - in 3 days!Description from NetGalley...“A beautiful read-aloud picture book about the power of the imagination, inspired by the best-selling Anne of Green Gables.In this whimsical and magical picture book, Anne's boundless imagination takes flight! She imagines being all the things she loves so dearly. If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be . . . Anne wonders what it would be like to be the wind dancing round the treetops. A tightrope walker, breathless and brave. A princess in a palace made of apple blossoms. A magical frost fairy or a plain little wood elf. . . . But even as Anne's imagination soars far and wide, she comes back down to earth, recognizing that some things - like friendship! - are even better than the imagination.”Thank you to @NetGalley, @penguinrandomhousecanada @tundrabooks for the digital ARC in return for my honest review.My thoughts...If you’re a fan of Anne of Green Gables, you might want of copy of this book. It’s not a story per se, but more a rhythmic prose that is an ode to Anne. Throughout the book, there are references to what we’ve come to know about Anne and the world around her. It’s quite nostalgic. And if you’re an adult who loves Anne of Green Gables, you might find this book, with whimsical and warm illustrations, a great introduction for children.
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  • Panda Incognito
    January 1, 1970
    This beautifully illustrated picture book is written from Anne's perspective as she tells the reader what she would be if she could not be herself. She imagines herself as different animals and fantasy creatures, pictures herself in different life situations, and concludes with all the things that are wonderful about her life. As a long-term fan of the Anne series, I enjoyed this picture book's many nods to Anne's character and different elements from the book.Previously, I found this author's e This beautifully illustrated picture book is written from Anne's perspective as she tells the reader what she would be if she could not be herself. She imagines herself as different animals and fantasy creatures, pictures herself in different life situations, and concludes with all the things that are wonderful about her life. As a long-term fan of the Anne series, I enjoyed this picture book's many nods to Anne's character and different elements from the book.Previously, I found this author's early chapter book adaptations of Anne of Green Gables inadequate and disappointing, because like most adaptations, they rip the story down to the bare bones and remove much of its charm. However, because this is a supplementary picture book, not an adaptation, it is fully enjoyable for both book fans and people who are only just learning about Anne. Fans will have fun sharing this book with their children, since it is simple, sweet, and charming without spoiling story elements of the series or retelling it poorly.The illustrations are simple but absolutely radiant, and the text is rhythmic and sweet. This is a delightful picture book, even aside from its associations with L.M. Montgomery's work, and it works as both a general read-aloud and a bedtime story. This will appeal in school and library settings as well as to families, and is a fun introduction to Anne.I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Psusan
    January 1, 1970
    If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George is a sweet whimsical introduction to Anne of the beloved Anne of Green Gables Series. It is in no way a retelling of the story but it is a young person’s first meeting with Anne, getting to know her through her thoughts and opinions. One of the things that a reader of the Lucy Maud Montgomery series would remember is Anne’s inquisitive and imaginative nature. That comes into full focus in this book.I read this book with a five year old and a seven year old. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George is a sweet whimsical introduction to Anne of the beloved Anne of Green Gables Series. It is in no way a retelling of the story but it is a young person’s first meeting with Anne, getting to know her through her thoughts and opinions. One of the things that a reader of the Lucy Maud Montgomery series would remember is Anne’s inquisitive and imaginative nature. That comes into full focus in this book.I read this book with a five year old and a seven year old. They most definitely enjoyed the book but it was me who loved it. The references to events and people that I remembered reading long ago came back, such as Anne not liking her red hair so much but saying it was better than green. It was like meeting an old friend I haven’t seen in many years but of whom I had such fond memories. I loved the illustrations, the lyrical wording and of course, the characterization which was right on spot. It sounded just like the Anne I remember meeting in the beginning of the series. I hadn’t thought of that young Anne in many years, but it was wonderful to see her again. It was even more wonderful to introduce others to her through this sweet book. The publisher through Net Galley provided a digital ARC. I have voluntarily decided to read and review, giving my personal opinions and thoughts.
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  • Storywraps
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful book with whimsical, gorgeous illustrations. Anne with an "e", who is the beloved superstar of the books, "Anne of Green Gables', imagines what she would do if indeed she wasn't Anne herself. The author skillfully implements scenarios from the original book and recasts them in this shorter version which will give the younger generation a taste of this endearing character who is loved by so many worldwide. Anne expresses how she would love to be a swooping gull, a rose so she This is a beautiful book with whimsical, gorgeous illustrations. Anne with an "e", who is the beloved superstar of the books, "Anne of Green Gables', imagines what she would do if indeed she wasn't Anne herself. The author skillfully implements scenarios from the original book and recasts them in this shorter version which will give the younger generation a taste of this endearing character who is loved by so many worldwide. Anne expresses how she would love to be a swooping gull, a rose so she could find out all the lovely things that flowers say, the wind so she could dance around treetops and tickle the lake to make it laugh or an invisible friend who lives in a book thus becoming a kindred spirit to anyone in need, just to name a few. The story is poetic and the illustrations are soft and dreamy making it a perfect read aloud to share. In the unveiling of Anne, the author has managed to capture her sometimes spirited behaviour which kids will relate to and smile at. In the end will Anne be content with her reality... being her loveable self! This book is a homage to L. M. Montgomery's original book. I highly recommend it.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    The team of Kallie George and Genevieve Godbout bringing us picture books inspired by Anne of Green Gables is everything I have ever wanted in kidlit. In their new collaboration If I Couldn’t Be Anne we get the most lyrical and descriptive language to share with young readers. We also get the most brilliant and beautiful two page spreads, with Anne featuring prominently. We truly love these books to inspire the next generation of Anne fans and provide young readers with incredible descriptive la The team of Kallie George and Genevieve Godbout bringing us picture books inspired by Anne of Green Gables is everything I have ever wanted in kidlit. In their new collaboration If I Couldn’t Be Anne we get the most lyrical and descriptive language to share with young readers. We also get the most brilliant and beautiful two page spreads, with Anne featuring prominently. We truly love these books to inspire the next generation of Anne fans and provide young readers with incredible descriptive language. I think there are times when we shy away from books with a lot of words or “big” words in them, assuming that our youngest readers won’t understand or won’t be able to sit still until the end of the story. Any book, as long as the subject matter is age appropriate, is a great book to share with a child. The more we read aloud to our children and expose them to language, the more likely they are to become readers themselves, hopefully life long readers. Thanks to Kallie George and Genevieve Godbout our young readers will be inspired by Anne of Green Gables and parents can share a book that has a special place in our hearts with our children right from day one.Every spread in this book is worthy of a place on your wall. If I could paper The Bee’s room in spreads from both Goodnight Anne and If I Couldn’t Be Ane I would. Since The Bee has red hair like Anne, she can see herself in Genevieve Godbout’s illustrations and can be inspired by all of the kindred spirits in Anne’s stories
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  • Ellen | Bellewood Cottage
    January 1, 1970
    If, like me, you are enthusiastic about all things Anne, you will love this new picture book from Tundra Books.⁣ I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations in this delightful Anne of Green Gables inspired children’s book. ⁣Anne imagines all the various things she would be if she couldn’t be Anne, Anne with an e. The wind, a lily maid, a fancy lady drinking tea in a “grown-up-ish” way. Long-time fans of Anne will recognize these callbacks to the original story and love the book for that. Jus If, like me, you are enthusiastic about all things Anne, you will love this new picture book from Tundra Books.⁣ I was blown away by the beautiful illustrations in this delightful Anne of Green Gables inspired children’s book. ⁣Anne imagines all the various things she would be if she couldn’t be Anne, Anne with an e. The wind, a lily maid, a fancy lady drinking tea in a “grown-up-ish” way. Long-time fans of Anne will recognize these callbacks to the original story and love the book for that. Just know that this book isn't just a shortened up version of the original Anne, so it could be confusing for those little ones not familiar with the story.⁣⁣Suggested age range is 3-7, and kids will enjoy this first taste of Anne of Green Gables. Of course, I think Anne enthusiasts of any age will love having this sweet book on their bookshelf.⁣⁣Many thanks to Tundra Books and to NetGalley for the chance to review this book.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure why the current obsession with Anne of Green Gables (tv show, chapter books, now a picture book) but I feel like a lot has to do with nostalgia. I will admit that I have read all the chapter books and have enjoyed them. This picture book, however, seems completely unnecessary. Who is the audience for this? Is it parents who loved Anne growing up and want to share it with their young child? If so, the language in the book is too sophisticated for the audience. Also, the repetition o I am not sure why the current obsession with Anne of Green Gables (tv show, chapter books, now a picture book) but I feel like a lot has to do with nostalgia. I will admit that I have read all the chapter books and have enjoyed them. This picture book, however, seems completely unnecessary. Who is the audience for this? Is it parents who loved Anne growing up and want to share it with their young child? If so, the language in the book is too sophisticated for the audience. Also, the repetition of "If I couldn't be Anne, Anne with an e" actually took away from the rhythm of the text. Just not really into picture books that I can't find a use for, whether it is for a one-on-one reading, a storytime, or fills a need. The illustrations are nice, with bright colors that are appealing. #Netgalley
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'If I Couldn't Be Anne' by Kallie George with illustrations by Genevieve Godbout is a picture book in a series of books about Anne Shirley, the protagonist of 'Anne of Green Gables.'Anyone familiar with Anne Shirley knows she has a pretty large imagination. Here she imagines all the things she could be if she couldn't be Anne. She imagines herself as a gull, or a tightrope walker or a fancy lady, among other things. I've enjoyed this series. Kallie George has a really good sense of the original 'If I Couldn't Be Anne' by Kallie George with illustrations by Genevieve Godbout is a picture book in a series of books about Anne Shirley, the protagonist of 'Anne of Green Gables.'Anyone familiar with Anne Shirley knows she has a pretty large imagination. Here she imagines all the things she could be if she couldn't be Anne. She imagines herself as a gull, or a tightrope walker or a fancy lady, among other things. I've enjoyed this series. Kallie George has a really good sense of the original story. The real star of this series are the gorgeous illustrations by Genevieve Godbout. I'm a fan of her style and it is on full display here.I received a review copy of this ebook from Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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  • joyce w. laudon
    January 1, 1970
    Those who already know and love Anne Shirley will recognize her on the cover of this beautifully illustrated story.  Clearly the author knows and loves one of the world's favorite red heads. In this book, Anne uses her wonderful imagination to think of who she would be if she were not Anne with an E; maybe she would be a tightrope walker or a grand lady drinking tea or...so many choices.  Anne then imagines who she would not choose to be as, for example, someone following a recipe.  At the end o Those who already know and love Anne Shirley will recognize her on the cover of this beautifully illustrated story.  Clearly the author knows and loves one of the world's favorite red heads. In this book, Anne uses her wonderful imagination to think of who she would be if she were not Anne with an E; maybe she would be a tightrope walker or a grand lady drinking tea or...so many choices.  Anne then imagines who she would not choose to be as, for example, someone following a recipe.  At the end of the story, our narrator concludes that she would like to be Anne of Green Gables.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.  This book will be enjoyed by Anne lovers and those who value the places imagination can take one.
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  • Christy Hagen Clements
    January 1, 1970
    Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite childhood characters of all time so this book was very nostalgic for me. It is a beautifully illustrated (these illustrations were EVERYTHING!) love letter to Anne. There are charming situations and words presented from the original story that children reading this will really need to be familiar with Anne of Green Gables in order to fully enjoy the experience. All that being said, I think this may be more of a book for established fans of Anne of Green Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite childhood characters of all time so this book was very nostalgic for me. It is a beautifully illustrated (these illustrations were EVERYTHING!) love letter to Anne. There are charming situations and words presented from the original story that children reading this will really need to be familiar with Anne of Green Gables in order to fully enjoy the experience. All that being said, I think this may be more of a book for established fans of Anne of Green Gables, both children and adults alike, rather than a standard picture book for any and all children to pick up. Thank you to @netgalley For providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Savannah
    January 1, 1970
    In this whimsical and magical picture book, Anne's boundless imagination takes flight! She imagines being all the things she loves so dearly. If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be . . . Anne wonders what it would be like to be the wind dancing round the treetops. A tightrope walker, breathless and brave. A princess in a palace made of apple blossoms. A magical frost fairy or a plain little wood elf. . . . But even as Anne's imagination soars far and wide, she comes back down to In this whimsical and magical picture book, Anne's boundless imagination takes flight! She imagines being all the things she loves so dearly. If I Couldn't Be Anne, Anne with an e, what would I be . . . Anne wonders what it would be like to be the wind dancing round the treetops. A tightrope walker, breathless and brave. A princess in a palace made of apple blossoms. A magical frost fairy or a plain little wood elf. . . . But even as Anne's imagination soars far and wide, she comes back down to earth, recognizing that some things - like friendship! - are even better than the imagination.This is a fun story inspired by Anne of Green Gables.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for this book! This lovely children's book details Anne (with an E, of beloved Green Gables fame) as she muses on all of the wonderful things she could be if she weren't Anne with an E. Stars: The illustrations are delicate and evocative. The prose is simple but inspiring. My 8 year old, fairy and unicorn loving daughter sighed "Oooooh" when we got to the fairies page. Wishes: I'm not sure if children who have not heard of or read Anne of Green Gables will understand or appre Thanks to NetGalley for this book! This lovely children's book details Anne (with an E, of beloved Green Gables fame) as she muses on all of the wonderful things she could be if she weren't Anne with an E. Stars: The illustrations are delicate and evocative. The prose is simple but inspiring. My 8 year old, fairy and unicorn loving daughter sighed "Oooooh" when we got to the fairies page. Wishes: I'm not sure if children who have not heard of or read Anne of Green Gables will understand or appreciate this book. My daughter thought it was beautiful, but it didn't resonate with her because we have yet to read the Anne series.
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  • Chari Regina
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Anne of Green Gables and you want your child to love her as well, this is the place to start. This whimsical children's book introduces us to Anne, Anne with an E. The story is as delightful as the original. The pictures are gorgeous. I am not sure who with love this book more the child or the parent. This would also make a perfect baby shower or birthday gift! The publisher made this book available via Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my honest review.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I received an electronic ARC from Penguin Random House Canada through NetGalley.Charming picture book to introduce younger readers to Anne of Green Gables. George captures her whimsy and imagination as Anne shares who she would be if she couldn't be herself. Softly colored illustrations bring the story to life for young and older readers. The simple to follow text draws you in to celebrate Anne's life and dreams.Could be an introductory read aloud to introduce classes to the classic - Anne of Gr I received an electronic ARC from Penguin Random House Canada through NetGalley.Charming picture book to introduce younger readers to Anne of Green Gables. George captures her whimsy and imagination as Anne shares who she would be if she couldn't be herself. Softly colored illustrations bring the story to life for young and older readers. The simple to follow text draws you in to celebrate Anne's life and dreams.Could be an introductory read aloud to introduce classes to the classic - Anne of Green Gables.
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  • Megan Schmelzer
    January 1, 1970
    If I Couldn't Be Anne is a beautiful tribute to one of literature's most beloved characters. I love Anne of Green Gables, and I had high expectations for a book that featured one of my all-time favorite characters. Kallie George's story was perfection. I was blown away with the connection to everything that makes Anne who she is. Not-to-mention, the illustrations are just stunning! I would absolutely hope that If I Couldn't Be Anne be in the running for this year's Caldecott award! It deserves t If I Couldn't Be Anne is a beautiful tribute to one of literature's most beloved characters. I love Anne of Green Gables, and I had high expectations for a book that featured one of my all-time favorite characters. Kallie George's story was perfection. I was blown away with the connection to everything that makes Anne who she is. Not-to-mention, the illustrations are just stunning! I would absolutely hope that If I Couldn't Be Anne be in the running for this year's Caldecott award! It deserves to be considered.
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by NetGalleyFor fans of Anne of Green Gables, this book would be a delightful addition to their library. I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet, but I can say that I still enjoyed this book. The illustrations are delightful and the text uses a recurring scaffold that would work as a great model for young readers to follow in a writing workshop mini-lesson. In all, this was a pleasant read, and though it is probably destined to be biggest among Anne of Green Gables collector Review copy provided by NetGalleyFor fans of Anne of Green Gables, this book would be a delightful addition to their library. I haven't read Anne of Green Gables yet, but I can say that I still enjoyed this book. The illustrations are delightful and the text uses a recurring scaffold that would work as a great model for young readers to follow in a writing workshop mini-lesson. In all, this was a pleasant read, and though it is probably destined to be biggest among Anne of Green Gables collectors, it's still a worthwhile book in its own right. Nicely done.
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    Another take on Anne of Green Gables, "If I Couldn't Be Anne" used the imagination of Anne to decide who she would and would not be if she wasn't Anne with an E. I loved the imagery and flow of the story. I enjoyed the illustrations and power of imagination. I can see myself using this book with students as we learn about our identities and being who we want to be. As a lover of Anne of Green Gables, there were many things I loved about the ability to share her story with a younger audience.
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  • Katelyn Fowler
    January 1, 1970
    Title: If I couldn’t be AnneAuthor: Kallie GeorgeRelease Date: 5.12.2020Review Date: 4.25.2020I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Anne Shirley since childhood so when I saw this adorable book I had to read it. The art was beautiful and everything was very Anne. The little things from the full book Anne of Green Gables, it is a great way to introduce little ones to such a beloved character from literature. Very good.
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  • Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Tundra Books for a free digital copy“Because some things are even better than imagination”It’s no shock that I loved this picture book. It captures one of my favorite literary heroines in such a beautiful (literally, the illustrations are gorgeous) and honoring way. Anne always wants to be more than she is, but in the novel and in this picture book she realizes that her life is pretty charmed just as it is.
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  • Ginny
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute little story of Anne Shirley wondering what or who she would be if she wasn't herself. Would she be a wood nymph? A princess? A rose? Or what if she didn't have red hair?! That would be a horror in my opinion. I loved the soft, almost dreamy looking artwork. In the end, I am so thankful Netgalley and Tundra Books gave me a copy of this book to review.
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  • Jordyn
    January 1, 1970
    I love Anne of Green Gables. I think in order to truly appreciate this story you really need to have read the books which sort of defeats the purpose of a children's book... who is this story for-- the children or the parents? However, the illustrations were positively gorgeous and I loved the subtle nods to the original story.
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