When I was in Grade 2/nd grade (I do speak English – Canadian and US!), my parents gave me a book series about an orphan who resided on a magical island. She lived a carefree life filled with luck (both good and bad) and adventure, practiced an exotic mystical religion, had an over-active imagination, made friends with mysterious strangers, travel(l)ed, grew up to be a teacher in the strange land, wrote love letters, had encounters with strange diseases, and started a family.
Fast forward a few years, and I found out (directly or indirectly through the Irish Children’s Fund student my family hosted named Cherene – and if you’re on the Internet, get in touch with us!) that the exotic, mystical religion in the book was not, in fact, a Tolkien-style (read: fictional) belief system, but rather a real-world religion called Protestantism. That explained the quaint aphorisms that filled the book (stuff about “Providence”), but the wonders did not stop there!
I managed to somehow look at a map or meet some Canadians (I forget which came second), and I found out that the magical island was actually accessible by boat and by bridge! That’s right, Prince Edward Island is a place you can actually go to! Turns out that Anne of Green Gables is still a fictional character, even though her religious affiliation and setting turned out to be real things. That was a little disappointing, but I consider all of that enlightenment an overall net of awesome.
If you’re looking for Anne of Green Gables-type entertainment with more of an Ontario bent, or if you just like reading good books, may I recommend The Blue Castle, which I only recently discovered thanks to EZH.
The world’s a funny place, which is lucky for me, because I like to laugh.