I am Judging a Book by it’s cover for the first time and it isn’t pretty!

Do you judge a book by it’s cover? I want to say no, but then THIS happened:



Who is the Blondie in plaid? The last time I read Anne of Green Gables I was 42 (for the record that is 3 years ago). I have read this book on a consistent basis for about 37 years. The funny thing is, Anne Shirley – the main character, the ANNE of Green Gables – was a red-head the first time I read it and EVERY SINGLE TIME SINCE. Well, once she met a peddle on the road and promised her the dye would turn her hair a beautiful Raven Black – but it turned green…but Marilla cut the green bits off and it was good again.

There is a long tradition of Anne of Green Gables in my family. My Great Grandmother lived on Prince Edward Island and made sure all the girls in her family had the first 3 books to read. Being a teacher, reading was important to her, reading about the Island also important and being a smart girl was the most important quality any female could posses. In keeping with the tradition, I gave a copy to my daughter and told her it was an old book, but the character was just like her. She would make you laugh and you will be amazed at the crazy stuff she gets involved with, yet she is the smartest girl in any book ever written about a 12-year-old without magic.

The 100 year anniversary9780670067800 edition came out in 2008 and it was a traditional type cover.


But Seriously….Who was the brains behind this fiasco?


This is how I imagine the marketing meeting went. Imagine a board meeting in some Urban Publishing Setting with Suits (men) who have never read this classic Canadian Tale.

Big Wig: Minion, tell me the new projects on the table for this month.

Minion: Well, Our best selling classic book Anne of Green Gables had it’s 100 Anniversary in 2008 and that launch was a huge success, but since then we feel the numbers should be stronger but we found they have actually tapered off. We propose a revamp of the cover. Re-market it as a package for this new hip generation.

Big Wig: I like it! Show me what you have.

Minion: Nothing says sexy like a Blonde in Plaid on a hay stack. Guys love that.

Big Wig: Who is our target audience?

Minion: Teen girls who buy sexy magazines and duck face themselves in club washrooms across the nations. Girls who appear on ‘Girls gone Wild Spring Break’ and girls who are looking to attract that special someone. This new cover will be perfect.

Big Wig: Tell me what this book is about.

Minion: Well sir, this book is about a hot a girl who is very popular and gets all the boys.

Big Wig: Then this cover would be perfect, but why the plaid? It feels a little Daisy Duke to me.

Minion: Well Sir, it takes place in Canada. They all wear plaid in Canada.

Big Wig: Are you sure Minion?

Minion: Yes sir, I went to EPCOT in Florida  to the Canada Pavilion last year with the wife and kids. The Canadians all wore plaid sir.

Big Wig: Nice research Minion. Start printing right away, I want them out for Valentines day.

Minion: Consider it done.

Well the book came out and you should have heard the rant from my ChatterBox.

“Why is the new cover of the Anne of Green Gables a sexy blonde in plaid? Anne is a self conscious red head 12 year old with freckles and a pointy nose. Anne was NORMAL and now they have ruined it! What is wrong with the plain old hand bound books? with solid colour covers. If they rewrote the book from Josie Pye perspective then perhaps it might work but the book is called ANNE OF GREEN GABLES! ANNE OF GREEN GABLES IS A 12 YEAR OLD GIRL! 12 YEAR OLD GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SEXY BECAUSE THAT IS CALLED PEDOPHILIA.  18 IS WHEN YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE SEXY BECAUSE THEN YOU DON’T ATTRACT PEDOPHILES. WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING?”


Did I happen to mention how proud I am of my girl? I should have name her Anne but I named her to honor my Great Grandmother. I promised I would never name her Agnes or Christina, instead I named her for my gram’s mother. It was the best I could do. I raised a smart girl just like my Gram hoped I would. Thankfully I still have the books that she gave me, and I passed them down so the tradition can continue.

Miss you Gram.

Tell me how well do you know Anne? 


Sand in my Box

I have an unusual collection. I acquire sand from major oceans and bodies of water.

When I hear about people heading on trips to beaches I use to ask with frequency for sand. I would hand over a film container and BAM, they would bring me home sand! It is very interesting to see the different colours and grades of sand.

A colleague I worked with for a while visited the South China Sea. She filled a Pepto Bismol bottle full of black sand. It looked like crushed onyx. Beautiful!

My Neighbour went to the East Coast of Canada and brought me red sand from Prince Edward Island and tiny little rocks from “The Rock” aka Newfoundland.

My mom and dad brought me home sand from the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.

I have sand from the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean from my own travels. I have sand from the Gulf of Mexico from friends who travel there very frequently. I managed to bring home sand from the Southern Ocean when I went to Australia.

To round out my collection, I would like to have samples from the Indian Ocean. This is quite possible because my nephew is getting married in Thailand in the spring. It would be great if someone from the wedding expedition decides to go to the Indian Ocean and perhaps collect a sample for me there! I need a sample from the Hudson Bay, I would like to collect that myself one day. That would leave the final piece of my collection, sand from the Arctic Ocean. It is a shame I didn’t collect sand when I was younger or I would have a jar. I am not sure about travelling back up north for a jar of sand so I might have to keep my ear to the ground to listen for anyone making a trip up there for work. Rarely does someone travel to the Arctic for a beach holiday unless they are Northern Light seekers, but they could stand on my deck and watch them instead. The advantage to that is less mosquitos and warmer weather.

Currently my collection is a motley collection of bags and plastic containers but once I complete my collection I want to fill glass jars and use corks for stoppers. I want to etch the glass with the names and places the sand came from. It’s unusual but lovely just the same. It will sit nicely amongst my sea glass and drift would collection.

It makes me wonder why a girl from the prairies feels the need to collect sand from the worlds oceans.