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Rainbow Valley (Children's continuous series) Paperback – 1 Jul 1985

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; 2nd edition (1 July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553269216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553269215
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 856,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1874. She had her first poem published at the age of 15 and after completing college she worked for a short time as a journalist before becoming a teacher.

In 1908 Anne of Green Gables was published to huge acclaim with Anne of Avonlea coming soon after. Many successful novels follwed but by late 1930s, due to personal troubles, illness and depression, she stopped writing.

Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942 and was buried on her beloved Prince Edward Island.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942), called "Maud" by family and friends and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 11 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really think the only reason not to find "Rainbow Valley" one of L. M. Montgomery's better novels in the Anne series is because it has the least to do with Anne or her children. This one is really more about the four Meredith children who belong to Ingleside's new widowed minister, so I can see where some readers would be less than pleased with the direction of the story in which even Anne and Gilbert's children and secondary characeters. However, a scene near the end of the novel where young Una Meredith communes with the mother's wedding dress before going off to secure a new wife for her father is as touching as anything Montgomery ever wrote.
All in all, "Rainbow Valley" reminds me more of "The Story Girl" and "The Golden Road" than any of the other Anne books, with the Meredith children having a series of humorous misadventures. I am also impressed because as you can tell from the ending when Walter Blythe speaks of "The Piper," that Montgomery is already committed to writing about what happens to these children during World War I in her next Anne book, "Rilla of Ingleside." Even though it is atypical "Rainbow Valley" is my second favorite book in the Anne series and I am the proud owner of a first edition copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Morena VINE VOICE on 23 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't want to buy this book. For some reason, I had got the impression that it would just be a collection of vignettes strung together, populated by the 'stock characters' of L.M. Montgomery about getting into 'scrapes' and matchmaking; that it wouldn't have the heart or complexity of some of her greater books.

Well, there are scrapes, and there are matches made. There are busybodies, there are plucky kids, there are crotchety old men who are won around by said plucky kids. But somehow, it all seemed fresh. The first couple of chapters introduce the varied Blythe kids and the new Meredith children who live a slightly Pippi Longstocking-esque life with their absent minded widower father and useless old Aunt Martha. Then Mary Vance shows up. I like to think that Mary Vance is what Anne Shirley could have been, had she not had such a fine and fanciful soul. With Mary Vance, L.M. Montgomery gets to have irreverent fun with a salty-tongued orphan used to working from dusk til dawn. Mary is also taken in by a sober old woman and mends her ways somewhat, but unlike Anne, she never 'rounds out' - she'll always be a comic character and a thorn in everybody's side. She's a good balance to the relentless sweetness of characters like Walter and Una. Especially when she's chasing a terrified Rilla through Glen St. Mary with a dried codfish!

Faith Meredith, too, has a bit of Anne about her - her scene with Norman Douglas reminds me of Anne winning over Mr. Harrison in Anne of Avonlea. And I just wanted to shake Mr. Meredith as the little Merediths go about raising themselves by meting out punishments for their 'scrapes' - Una fainting from a self-imposed fast and Carl spending all night in a wet graveyard! Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
Format: Paperback
I don't quite like Anne of Ingleside as I always want to know more about Anne but Montgomery just focused on Anne's children in the book.However,Rainbow Valley turned out to be completely different.It is as funny,delightful as other novels in the Anne series.Now, I love Anne's children and the manse children very much.But I don't like Mary Vance, she just seemed to be wicked though I know she was actually not, she was just brutally frank. The adventures of the children were as exciting as Anne's.They were all nice little souls.They were angels and to be loved by every one in the world.After reading Anne, I am now looking forward to having the chance to play in graveyards.They are no longer dreadful but beautiful places which bring you much joy and fun as soon as you finish Rainbow Valley. Lastly I think Anne Shirley is Anne Shirley. I can never accept Mrs. Doctor dear or Anne Blythe.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I think this book is as worth-reading as the rest of the other Anne books. I think people who love kids will love this book even more because both the children of Ingleside and the Manse are so cute and witty as usual. Like Anne, I myself also take a special liking to Faith. She is so much like Anne when she was in her Green Gables days. It bought back memories of Anne Shirley especially when Faith made those apologizes and explanations...oh..that blessed child is so much like Anne herself. I also like Walter for his courage to fight for both her mother and Faith. But I think this book has put too much focus on the Meredith clan...and that there really aren't much about Shirley and Rilla in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. E. M. Marsden on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Rainbow Valley (Children's continuous series)

A book it was hard to put down for me. Anne has several children who befriend a family from the manse and this book is about how they all get on as well as the added addition of Mary Vance who adds a different yiew to their lives. You have the ordinary well fed well looked after Christian family of Blythes with Anne as the Mother, the sad lonely life of a vicar and his Mother less poorly fed children who try to bring themselves up and into this is added a even poorer individual called Mary Vance.
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