Finding Christmas in Kids’ Books

The theme of Christmas is often used as the setting for your favourite kids' stories- and book-series' characters to appear. Sometimes the setting will be Christmas dinner, other times it’s a gift-opening — and often it’s both. I tutor Athabasca University’s ENGL 305, Classics of Children’s Literature. At least six of the novels on the course make some reference to Christmas, … [Read more...]

L. M. Montgomery, Remembering the Great War

Remembering the Great War Bill Thompson Athabasca University AU #AthaU English Department Anne of Green Gables Remembrance Day November 11 World War

One of the books I tutor as part of ENGL 305 is L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The book is a popular text with students, and I always enjoy reading student essays that comment on Anne and her antics. Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, and Montgomery went on to write many more books in the Anne series. If you know Montgomery as an author, you know that … [Read more...]