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If I Couldn't Be Anne

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A lovely introduction to Anne for those too young to have read her novels yet. A sweet testament to imagination and identity.
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A cute and whimsical story about Anne of Green Gables and her imagination. Anne thinks about who she could be if she wasn't herself. But Anne as herself is the best version of herself. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book, the style and colours are lovely.
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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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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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A beautiful addition to the libraries of all fans of Anne with an e. The watercolour paintings are perfect for the whimsical story. Definitely would recommend as a starting point for younger audiences.
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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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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This book is a whimsical story about Anne imagining what she would be if she wasn't Anne. The illustrations are what make this story in my opinion. They are simply amazing.,
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For fans, big and small, of the beloved Anne of Green Gables. A story about how maybe being the person you are, red hair and all, is the best thing to be. I loved the Images and the text and the references to Anne’s story. You don’t need to know her to love this book p, but if you do, all the better! Truly sweet.
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A beautiful, whimsical picture book in which Anne with an e imagines what she would be “If I couldn’t Be Anne”. I enjoyed the descriptive writing, which an upper elementary student would understand, while the illustrations brought a type of whimsy true to form for fans of Anne.  The ending is perfect!
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The illustrations in this book are enchantingly beautiful! I fell in love with the book based just on the pictures. I liked the premise behind this book, and think it is a cute way to introduce young readers to Anne and her imagination. However, I kept wanting more of a rhythm and possibly more rhymes to help with the flow of the text since there isn't a strong story or plot line.
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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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This a gorgeous picture book based off of the original Anne of Green Gables. If Anne, couldn’t be herself she’d be so many magical people. But, none would be as great as she. It has fantastic figurative language and theme.
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What a wonderfully written children’s book. It is simple in the telling as well as the artwork is visually appealing. It gives the reader (or listener) a tiny glimpse into the character of Anne of Green Gables. Great introduction for younger set to read before they graduate into the original book.
I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.
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This is a wonderful book about accepting oneself and a person's many wonderful qualities or talents.  However, children will surely love Anne's imagination as she pictures herself in other settings and situations.
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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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Whimsical, charming story with lovely illustrations. I think the text could have been more developed but it is appropriate for the age range.
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If I couldn't be Anne is a lovely picture book featuring Anne of Green Gables. This story is wonderful for children unfamiliar with Anne and enjoyable for adults who adore the classics. The illustrations are beautiful and calming.
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This sweet picture book certainly captures Anne of Green Gables spirit. Anne dreams of what she could be, but in the end decides that sometimes reality is better than fantasy. Great to read with 2-6 year olds.
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In this beautiful book illustrated by Geneviève Godbout, we follow Anne, daydreaming about who she could be if she wasn't Anne with an e. Kallie George takes event 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 amazing. 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 liked the latter, you'll enjoy this one as well!
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Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.

As a lifetime fan of Anne of Green Gables, I will absolutely buy this book for myself. It's definitely a keepsake for kindred spirits. I would have a tough time encouraging young students to read it.
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