What Children’s Literature Teaches Us About Money: L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’
Nicole Dieker
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Looooove Anne of Green Gables. And yeah, her ceasing to teach/earn money when she gets married did bother me a bit as a kid, particularly since she seemed to really enjoy and excel at teaching. (Big contrast there to Laura Ingalls Wilder, who makes it very clear in her books that she HATES teaching and is only doing it basically until she can get married and be a pioneer/live on a farm again. Laura actually seems to hate all her jobs. Can you do all the Little House books next???? Ooh, or Betsy-Tacy?? I am happy to help if you cannot handle them all, Nicole, lol)

But I think the real appeal of teaching for Anne seems to have been the opportunity to mentor and make connections with her students, and she definitely continues to do that as a mother and in the community after she stops working, so it bothers me less now.

Another AofGG money bit that stuck out for me is in Anne of the Island where she writes that ridiculous romantic story and then Diana adds in all those Rollings Reliable Baking Powder bits and it wins the contest but Anne is FURIOUS and ashamed, and Gilbert basically says not to be ashamed of earning a honest living even if it means writing stuff not up to your “standards.” And then later Anne mentions having felt guilty about that money so she spent it on useful clothes that she never wore because they seemed “tainted.”

I have so many Anne of Green Gables thoughts!!! Now I want to re-read all the books.

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