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This is Anne of Green Gables

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OR this is Anne of Green Gables

Megan Follows as Anne of Green Gables

Megan Follows as Anne of Green Gables

This is NOT Anne of Green Gables

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Now that the controversy seems to have died down a bit, I will join what’s left of the fray in support of Anne remaining a precocious, imaginative, chatty, red-haired girl with freckles and pigtails (see first two pics). Anne is also a courageous, bright, wholesome role model for young girls, which is something that is seriously lacking in our society today. And now they want to take away Anne and replace her with this new image (see third pic)?

Plus, Anne is a Canadian symbol, like the maple leaf, the beaver and the Rockies. AND she attract tourists. What more could she possibly do for us?

So, thank you fellow Canadians for expressing your outrage at this new depiction of Anne.

Read more here: Anne of Green Gables: Blond, Buxom and Vampy?, Blonde Anne of Green Gables Sparks Outrage

To read the beloved novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, click here.

P.S. If you’ve ever wondered what a “gable” is, this is a “gable”:

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The Little Mole by Zdenek Miler

Today, I thought I’d turn my flashlight on the Little Mole, a cartoon character from the Czech Republic, first created in 1956.

He is probably more popular today than ever. (Last year the Little Mole even flew to outer space with NASA.) He is the star of many books and cartoons that demonstrate caring, sharing, cooperation, hard work, ingenuity and resilience and that encourage children to acquire knowledge and skills by following the Little Mole’s example. Part of what makes the Little Mole different is that there’s nearly no dialogue; most of the verbal communication is emotional exclamations, which adds to his innocence and, perhaps, partly explains his popularity in over 80 countries (ie. no dubbing required).

Have a look a the Little Mole in action and you may fall in love with him too: The Mole and the Snowman.

The Little Mole and his friends

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Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat come to life

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Snow White and the Huntsman, Part 2

The Evil Queen in History and the First Time I Ever Heard of Her (bc I know you’re dieing to hear about that)

The evil Queen’s methods of maintaining her youth and power are rather similar to those attributed to Erzsébet Báthory, a Hungarian Countess living in the mid 1500’s to early 16oo’s. (Julie Delpy directed and starred in a wonderful movie about her, called “The Countess”, in 2009) Mind you, historians find the whole assertion of her bathing in virgins’ blood highly questionable. (To find out more about the views of historians and the times Erzsebet lived in, click here.)

The first time that I heard of the Countess was when, as a pre-schooler, I traveled to Slovakia…I was in the backseat of our car with my grandmother when we stopped at a border and she leaned towards me and said:”We’re entering the realm of the Countess. They say that she used to kill young women and girls and bathe in their blood”. The first part of that sentence seized up my brain; the second part, contorted my body. “Why?!” “So that she could stay young and beautiful.” “Why are we going there then?” “Silly, she died hundreds of years ago,” grandma replied. I relaxed somewhat.

The real life castle of the Countess

Btw, do not introduce such concepts in this manner to impressionable, pensive children. They will ponder this for weeks, months, even years. Why would you kill someone and then do something so bizzarely gruesome after that? Why is it so important to  be young?

Mind you, as the wrinkles start to creep in, I think, I’m finally starting to wrap my brain around the concept….really, I need to sensor myself more…or else people will start to believe me and come with their torches and pitch forks and there’s nothing worse than mob mentality as Erzsebet found out….

P.S. on Monday we’re going to have a great book review by Randi O’Hare, a guest reviewer from London, Ontario. 😀

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