While our January Boomerang Book Club meeting couldn’t re-locate to Prince Edward Island, I did attempt to capture the feeling of a tea party with Anne at Green Gables as much as possible.
The table was set for a full tea party to enjoy over our book discussion. At the center of our table were pink roses, after all, Anne herself declares, “After all, the only read roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith.”
The treats at our table included raspberry cordial, pudding (though it wasn’t plum), cookies, cucumber sandwiches, and biscuits with strawberry preserves.
My plan was to make homemade vanilla ice cream after our discussion and craft, but we had had enough sugar.
Part of the sugary fun included this layered pudding in a cup, complete with a sculpey clay mouse who didn’t fall in! But we enjoyed the memory of Anne’s plum pudding mishap.
All in all, our discussion of the book went well. It was a typical book discussion with middle school girls. Lots of giggles. Lots of quiet. Lots of distraction. But in the middle of the giggles, insightful discussion existed.
We had a very thoughtful discussion about whether or not Anne of Green Gables was a piece of feminist literature. I was impressed with the girls’ conclusions which were supported with good reasoning.
The “Think Piece Questions” included with every Boomerang Guide provided a great platform for some good discussions. We also discussed the “hook and return” the author used in this book, as explained Week Four of the Brave Writer Boomerang Guide. I appreciated the insight into the connection between the opening chapter and the concluding one.
After our discussion, the girls created an Anne of Green Gables bookmark. We dubbed it the “Creepy Craft” because it appeared that Anne was squished in my book.
We laughed and laughed and laughed over this one. But in the end, each of the girls made their memorable book mark, complete with their favorite quotes.
In the end, a great time was had by all. I feel so fortunate to have such fun with this group of gals!
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