Now, it may just be because I’m a girl, or because I watched the television show growing up with my favorite cousin and aunt, or because I’m a redhead, but I think this is one of the best stories ever written. Ann is an orphan who is adopted by a lonely brother and sister pair who need someone to help around the farm. They are expecting a boy, and instead get Ann. Ann is a talkative, precocious, clumsy and witty young girl who worms her way into the heart of everyone she meets. The adventures she has are typical of any imaginative girl in the world, and her ability to be embarrassed and contrite are funny to read. Overall, a fantastic story populated by fantastic characters in a fantastic setting. I liked the book better than the show, and that’s saying something, since I own the dvds and have watched them so many times I pretty much have memorized the dialogue.