Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew


I received a copy of Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew in exchange for an honest review.  This post may contain affiliate links.  All opinions stated herein are 100% my own.


Have you seen the PBS version of the Anne of Green Gables series?

My daughter and I fell in love with Anne, Matthew and Marilla watching Anne with an “E” on Netflix.  We make popcorn, and it’s a really great way for us to spend time together, and we both really enjoy the series.  So when we got the opportunity to view the PBS version of Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew, we jumped at the chance!




This third installments features a 14-year-old Anne Shirley, who wants to make a name for herself, and a career (uncommon for women in the day), who takes an honors course at Avonlee school – and gets into Queens College, a well-known teachers college in Charlottetown.  She is sad to leave her life behind on Green Gables and is overwhelmed by her new surroundings, difficult classes at teacher’s college and a deepening romance with Gilbert. At the same time, Matthew and Marilla deal with health and financial difficulties that jeopardize their lives at Green Gables.

After Anne graduates, she must make an important decision, whether to move back home or continue on to University. Anne then must handle the loss of someone deeply special in her life and just when all seems lost, she discovers the dark cloud over her life has a silver lining.

 The third installment, written and directed by John Kent Harrison, will once again star critically acclaimed actor Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, along with the return of Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Canadian treasure Sara Botsford as Marilla Cuthbert.


Ava and I enjoyed the movie.  It was short enough (1:30) for Ava to sit through and stay engaged in the content.

She liked the characters but pointed out that it was difficult to understand the timeline.  In the start of the movie, we learned that Anne was 14, but were unsure how long she had attended Queens College.  Soon after she got there, she was graduating.  What time had passed?  Was that 4-years, 2-years, 1-year?  We weren’t sure.

Additionally, in the Anne of Green Gables Books, Anne is represented as a wiry, awkward, creative girl with stringy red hair and freckles.  Anne hates her red hair, and thinks she is ugly.  Her impulsiveness makes her make silly decisions.  In this version, Anne is a lot more polished and made-up. 

It wasn’t believable.

In my mind, part of the charm of Anne, is that she isn’t perfect, loves to pretend, and has to deal with things normal kids deal with everyday – not being perfect, being awkward, not looking perfect, and making mistakes.

In my opinion, the depiction of Anne in this rendition, missed the mark. 

But the show was good.  It was a good Sunday morning activity for Ava and I, to be together and have a good time.


Enjoy Anne with your family

Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew will be available to purchase on DVD and by DVD download on Tuesday September 18th, and will appear on your local PBS station on Sunday September 23rd at 7:30 EST.


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