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Festive Fun for the Christmas Season!

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! What better way to celebrate than by spending time with the ones you love? Here are just a few ideas to help make the most of your time together this holiday season.

Anne&BaileyRock1) Read together: There’s nothing quite like lounging by the fire with a great book. If you’re looking for fun and educational stories this Christmas, why not try the Anne Animated Book Set? This beautifully illustrated collection includes Anne and the BullyAnne’s Babysitting BluesAnne’s New Home, and Anne’s Red Hair. At just $23.99, this is the perfect gift for all the young readers in your life!

2) Take in a film: On days when you just want to relax indoors, nothing beats a little family-friendly entertainment. Here at Sullivan, we pride animatedv2-2ourselves on creating  content the whole family can enjoy. Take, for example, Journey to Green Gables. This action-packed film tells the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan who is adopted and sent to live in the pastoral world of Green Gables. Anne’s wild imagination and storytelling antics often land her in big trouble, but she learns many important life lessons along the way — and you will too!

3) Explore the great outdoors: Skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding — the possibilities are endless this time of year. So get out and enjoy a little fresh air and some healthy exercise! Then head inside to warm up with some hot cocoa and a cozy quilt. We recommend these adorable fleece blankets from the Shop at Sullivan store. Starting at $55.49, these are sure to keep you warm all winter long!

 

Sullivan Entertainment’s 12 Days of Christmas

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We’ve made our list and checked it twice — now it’s time for you to save big with Shop at Sullivan‘s 12 Days of Christmas!

From December 9 to 20, we’ll be announcing a new and exciting deal every day. Full details will be posted daily to our online store, the Sullivan Entertainment Facebook and Twitter pages, and our newsletter.

As an added bonus, we’ll also be sharing daily trivia questions on Facebook and Twitter. These quizzes will test your knowledge of Sullivan’s most popular films and television shows — from Anne of Green Gables, to Road to Avonlea, to Wind at My Back. Each correctly answered question earns you one entry in our grand prize draw for an Anne of Green Gables Restoration Set, the Anne of Green Gables Adaptation Pack, and the Anne of Green Gables Wall Clock. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Facebook on December 23.

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  • Answers must be submitted via Facebook or Twitter before Friday, December 20 at 6pm (EST).
  • Open to legal North American residents only.
  • The contest runs from Monday, December 9 at 9am (EST) to Friday, December 20 at 6pm (EST)

For updates on these and many other amazing offers, be sure to like us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter

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Giving Thanks

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anne the animated series episode 9 idle chatter anne dianaWith all the excitement of Black Friday, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important this time of year, and we make forget to give thanks for our blessings.

That’s why we’re so fond of Anne Shirley. The red-headed heroine is constantly reminding us to slow down and see the beauty of everyday life. And so, this Thanksgiving weekend, we’ve chosen to reflect on why we’re oh-so-thankful for the one and only Anne with an “e”:

1) She’s a great friend. Anne has always dreamed of one day finding her bosom friend. When she moves to Avonlea and meets Diana Barry, she knows almost immediately that the two are destined to become kindred spirits. Throughout the series, Anne and Diana stick together through thick and thin, proving that true friendship lasts a lifetime.

2) She’s not afraid to be who she is. With a boisterous personality and flaming red hair, Anne doesn’t always fit in. But dryadthat doesn’t stop her from remaining unabashedly true to herself. She may slip up every now and then — like when she tries to change the colour of her famous fire-engine-red hair — but she always manages to find her way back to a place of self-acceptance.

3) She has a wild imagination. Anne’s imagination may get her into trouble sometimes, but more often than not it leads her on amazing adventures. With the help of a mystical wood nymph named Dryad, Anne travels to the depths of her imagination to explore valuable secrets and life lessons.

For even more inspiring adventures with Anne, visit the Shop at Sullivan online store.

 

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year… to Shop!

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With Black Friday only a week away, it’s time to start planning those Christmas wishlists. Here are a few ideas from the Sullivan Shop that are sure to please all the Anne fans in your life:

agg-hat-with-braidsThe Anne of Green Gables Hat with Braids will help transform you into Anne — be it for play time, reenacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables at home, or for a costume party. The piece comes with a sturdy straw hat, curly bangs, and two long red braids. You’ll look absolutely DOLL - Trio 16 inchdelightful as Anne, with her recognizable red hair. ($15.99)

Choose from one of three adorable Anne dolls. The first doll is styled after the dress Megan Follows wears in the original Anne of Green Gables movie as she waits at the train station for Matthew – carpet bag in hand and unsure of the future. The second is styled after Hannah Endicott-Douglas’ plucky portrayal of everyone’s favourite redhead, complete with an apple picking basket. The final doll is styled after the beautiful blue puffed sleeve gown that Matthew lovingly gave to Anne in the original Anne of Green Gables. ($18.99 – $24.99)

agg-lunch-bagKeep your lunches fresh and protected in this charming Anne of Green Gables lunch bag.  Imprinted with a simple image of Anne, this apple green lunch bag is a fun and stylish item for any child. ($13.99)
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The Anne Animated Gift Set includesAnne and the Bully, Anne’s Babysitting Blues, Anne’s New Home and Anne’s Red Hair. The perfect gift item for any child on your list! ($23.99)

For even more great gift ideas, visit the Shop at Sullivan online store.

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Anne: Journey to Green Gables

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anne journey to green gables dvd coverIf you’re a die-hard fan of Anne of Green Gables, chances are you’ve watched the full animated series more than a few times. If that’s the case, you’re probably in need of some fresh content. Enter: Journey to Green Gables.

This full-length, family-friendly film boasts all the same fun and adventure of the television program. Plus, it features some very familiar voices — including Wind at My Back’s Kathryn Greenwood, Road to Avonlea’s Rachel Lynde, and Al Mukadam of the original Anne: The Animated Series. 

Check out the plot synopsis below to find out why Anne: Journey to Green Gables is the perfect addition to any Sullivan Entertainment fan’s collection:

“Imaginative Anne Shirley is sent to Grout Orphanage owned by the sinister Madame Poubelle, where Anne’s wild imagination and storytelling antics land her in big trouble. Luckily she escapes to the pastoral world of Green Gables, where she is adopted by elderly couple Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Finding friends and acceptance for the first time in her life, all of Anne’s dreams come true. However, the evil Poubelle is determined to have Anne in her clutches. A vanishing heirloom, blundered disguises and a hot air balloon ride provide a climax to a charming new version of this traditional classic.”

Intrigued? Visit Shop at Sullivan to find out how you can own a copy of Anne: Journey to Green Gables today.

 

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Engaging Activities

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Can’t get enough of Anne: The Animated Series? Why not check out our fun and educational Games page? Here are just a few of the awesome activities we have in store for you:

dressupDress-up: Help Anne’s best friend Diana prepare six themed outfits: Mexican, swimming, princess, ballroom, witch’s word-gluecabin, and pirate ship. Once you’ve crafted the perfect ensemble, watch a short video clip of Diana and her pals having a blast in their creative costumes!

All The Broken Words: Oh no! Gilbert has fallen down the stairs and dropped a box of letters. Now his words are all mixed up. Can you help Gilbert “glue” them back together before Rachel Lynde’s nephew, Timmy, wanders off?

matthews-atticSort The Attic: The town of Avonlea is hosting its annual auction at the town fair. Help Matthewanne-character-quiz-icon sort through his attic to decide what to donate. With each item you find, Matthew will write up a log which documents its unique historical significance.

Quiz: Are you an Anne or a Diana? A Gilbert or a Felix? Find out which Anne of Green Gables character you’re most like with this fun personality test!

Visit our website for even more ways to play. 

 

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Limited Time Offer: Animated Box Set 40% Off!

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Sullivan Entertainment has marked down our Anne Animated Box Set to 40% off! Happy Halloween!

It may only be October 31st, but we’re already thinking ahead to the Christmas season. If you, too, have holiday shopping on the brain, then look no further than Shop at Sullivan. Our online store boasts thousands of exciting gift ideas, from books and DVDs, to toys, games and memorabilia.

This week we marked down our award-winning children’s program, Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series Box Set. Regularly priced at $35.99, the collection is currently on sale for just $21.59.

This amazing set features six half-hour episodes, including:Animated Box Set Discount

– One True Friend

– Babysitter Blues

– Sleeves

– Butterflies

– Avonlea Herald

– Oh Brother

Each episode sees Anne’s out of control imagination leading her through adventures that demonstrate important lessons in loyalty, conflict resolution and problem-solving.

For more information,  please visit www.shopatsullivan.com.

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The Animated Series: More Ways to Play

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Here at Sullivan, we’re awfully proud of our family-friendly films and television series, including Anne: The Animated Series, Anne of Green Gables, and Road to Avonlea. But did you know that as well as producing acclaimed entertainment, we also offer plenty of exciting gifts, books and knick-knacks in our online shop? Here are just a few of the awesome items currently available:

t-shirt_-_anne_paintingT-Shirt Painting Kit: Colour your very own Anne of Green Gables T-shirt with this amazing fabric paint set! Kit includes six paint colours, a paint nightlight1_1brush, a card pallet insert and instructions on how to decorate your Anne of Green Gables shirt with beautiful colours.

Anne of Green Gables Night LightExperience this charming illustration from the Anne of Green Gables Animated Series in a whole new light. Comes in a sturdy and stylish box perfect for gift giving.

Anne: The Animated Series Soundtrack: Children of all ages will love this collection of themes and melodies from the original soundtrack of the animated Anne of Green Gables television series. This CD captures the essence of Anne’s character and promises a life full of smiles.

Anne: The Animated Series eBooks:  It’s never been easier to take your favourite Anne stories with you wherever you go! Sullivan’s eBooks are available in downloadable formats for Kindle, Apple, Kobo and all epub compatible e-readers.

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Life Lessons from Anne Shirley

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One of the most exciting things about Anne: The Animated Series is that every episode holds an important life lesson. With topics ranging from sportsmanship to self-confidence to determination, audiences young and old are sure to discover something new! Read on to discover five invaluable skills you can learn from watching Anne.

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The Cast of Anne: Where Are They Now?

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Putting together a top-notch animated series takes a lot of hard work — and no one on set works harder than the wildly inventive voice actors. So it should come as no surprise that the talented cast of Anne: The Animated Series has gone on to do some pretty incredible things. Read on to learn more about the voices behind Anne, Diana and Gilbert!

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Bryn McAuley

The voice of Anne Shirley was done by the experienced voice actress, Bryn McAuley. Though Bryn had only been working for two years when she joined the cast, her resume already boasted seven impressive gigs (including the voice of April Patterson on the animated series, For Better or for Worse). Since then, she has lent her voice to various children’s programs, including Franklin, George Shrinks, Arthur, Toot & Puddle, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.

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Emily Hampshire

The character of Diana Barry was voiced by award-winning Canadian actress, Emily Hampshire. Though Emily has plenty of voice-over experience (including the animated television shows Braceface, 6Teen, Atomic Betty and Ruby Gloom), she has recently transitioned to more serious roles. Lately, Emily has been praised for her work in big-budget films The Trotsky and Cosmopolis, and in the television shows Rookie Blue and Republic of Doyle. 

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Al Mukadam

Audiences may recognize Al Mukadam from hit Canadian television shows Radio Free Roscoe, Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Assistants. But before making a name for himself as an actor, Al was the voice behind Gilbert Blythe in Anne: The Animated Series. Since then, Al has appeared in hit movies like 2011’s Breakaway (the film also starred Russell Peters, Rob Lowe and Camilla Belle), and has been writing, directing and starring in short films, including Mookie’s Law and Running Boy. 

Curious to know what the rest of your favourite Sullivan cast members are up to? Check out the Actor Update series on our website.

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Learn More About Anne’s Family!

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Find out more about Matthew and Marilla, Anne’s family in Anne: The Animated Series!

Anne's Family Matthew and MarillaMatthew is Marilla’s bachelor brother and Anne’s adoptive father. Shy and gentle, Matthew likes to avoid confrontation. But he’s pretty good at giving advice in a kind way that’s easy to take – unlike most adults!

Marilla is Anne’s adoptive mother and Matthew’s sister.  She is a spinster with a stern, no-nonsense attitude. But underneath it all, she has a soft and loving heart.  Marilla sometimes has trouble understanding high-spirited Anne and usually doesn’t believe a word of her fanciful stories. But she is very proud of her Anne and loves her deeply.

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Anne’s Three Good Friends!

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Learn about Anne’s three good friends on Anne: The Animated Series!

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Diana is Anne’s best friend and the two girls have been attached at the hip since the moment they met. She is a dark-haired girl with a sunny personality. Diana often finds herself dragged into Anne’s escapades like the good, true friend she is. After all, that’s what “kindred spirits” are for!

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Gilbert is a generous, athletic, bright and fair-minded boy. He keeps Anne on her toes because he’s as smart as she is.  But this doesn’t sit too well with Anne and her pride often gets in the way of their friendship.

Though he is a sturdy and inventive boy, Felix King isn’t often the “head of the class” in the Avonlea Schoolhouse.  But he sure knows how to have fun! Felix shares Anne’s love of adventure.  He thinks she is the “cat’s meow” and will follow her anywhere.

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Read about Anne’s Adventures!

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Read along with Anne’s adventures in the Anne Animated book series!

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After enjoying all the Anne: The Animated Series episodes, you can follow Anne while you read about her!  The books follow Anne as she deals with friends, bullies, and babysitting in her new hometown of Avonlea.  The books are a great edition to any family library, as you can read about Anne and the other great characters of Avonlea!

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Anne gets an allowance in “Anne’s Disappearing Allowance”!

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In Anne: The Animated Series episode “Anne’s Disappearing Allowance”, Anne gets her first allowance!

In the episode “Anne’s Disappearing Allowance” Anne gets her first allowance from Matthew and Marilla for doing her chores.  Due to the excitement of having money, she goes to the general store and spends all her money at once.  She spends her money instead of saving it.  Because she spends her money unwisely on things she does not need, Anne almost loses her allowance privileges.  She quickly learns how to manage her money properly.

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Anne enjoys getting her allowance too much, as she spends it all at once and not on what she was trying to save up for.  She learned very quickly to manage her money and not spend it all in one place.  It was an important lesson to learn, as she now understands the meaning of hard work and saving!

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Anne and Diana set up their own club!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “No Anne is an Island”, Anne and Diana set up their own club!

anne hopscotchAnne and Diana get excluded by their classmates, so they decide to start their own club.  The club is to be exclusive and the only members can be Anne and Diana.  But while building their new club house, both Anne and Diana realize that everyone else at school has joined an exclusive club started by Felicity!  The girls soon understand that in being snubbed by some classmates and then deciding to then exclude kids from their club was just as mean as the original snub.

It is a great episode to show the need to include everyone in activities.  There is no reason to exclude others, as Anne and Diana first were snubbed then began to snub others.  It is a mean cycle that only hurts feelings.  In order to have everyone have fun, it is best to include everyone!

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Anne gets superstitious in “Condition of Superstition”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “Condition of Superstition”, Anne and Diana start to get superstitious!

Condition of SuperstitionAnne and Diana have superstitious beliefs, as they believe in good luck charms and that the swings have a special power.  They take things too far when it interferes with Marilla’s attempt to convince the town council to build a new library for Avonlea.  Because of this, Anne realizes that her superstitions have not been helpful.  She finds that the superstitions act negatively, as they stop her from problem solving.

Anne gets wrapped up in the fun of the superstitions until they have a negative effect on Marilla’s pitch for the new library.  Anne learns that problem solving is much more effective, as she finds problem solving provides a sustainable solution.  Although the superstitions are fun, she finds that problem solving is a better way to get through situations.

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Anne and Diana get lost in “Lost and Found”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “Lost and Found”, Anne and Diana get lost looking for buried treasure!

anne dianaAnne and Diana decide to go into the woods to look for treasure.  They head off into the woods without telling anyone where they were going, without any supplies and without a map.  After they get lost, they end up finding more than they bargained for!

Anne and Diana make the mistake of going into the woods without telling their parents, without taking any food and water, and without a map.  They did not do the things that are required to go out to the woods alone.  It was very easy for them to get lost after they did not do what they should have.  They learned a valuable lesson that to always tell their parents where they are going, to always take food and water on a hike, and to always take a map with them!

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Anne and Felicity work together in the episode “Taffy”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “Taffy”, Anne finds the Taffy she made too salty!

felicity and anne must work togetherThe annual Taffy Day festival has come to Avonlea and Anne decides to make some taffy for the festivities.  But when she gets to the festival and tries some of her taffy, it is too salty.  Anne thinks that it is Felicity who tampered with her taffy.  However, both girls soon realize the errors of their ways and work together to solve their misunderstanding.

Although Anne is quick to judge Felicity, Anne comes to realize that they should work together rather than against each other.  In working together, they begin to understand what happened to the taffy, but also how they can put aside their differences to work together.  It is a great episode to show that working together has many benefits, even with those you do not get along with!

Anne helps Felix with a bully in “Bully by the Horns”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “Bully by the Horns”, Ralph, a new kid in town, is bullying Felix until Anne intervenes.

When Ralph comes to town he begins to pick on Felix and when Anne finds out, she decides to stick up for Felix.  However, when Anne sticks up for Felix she finds herself acting like a bully to Ralph.  In order to stop this chain of behavior, Felix and Anne work together to decrease Ralph’s aggression.  In doing so, it allows Felix and Ralph to start a friendship.

Matthew’s suggestion to Anne that perhaps no one had been nice to Ralph and therefore he is not nice to anyone sticks with her.  She figures out that by being nice to Ralph it may soften his demeanor with other people.  When Felix tries to be Ralph’s friend it is the start of a fun relationship, as Ralph changes his temper.

Because Ralph is a new kid in town, he tries to act tough, but it back fires as he lashes out at people who could be his new friends.  When Anne intervenes it helps Felix, but does not help Ralph.  So when Felix takes the time to try to be nice to Ralph, it is an important step in welcoming Ralph to town and making him feel welcome.

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Anne’s Red Hair in “Carrots”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “Carrots” Anne tries to change her red hair!

Anne is tired of Gilbert’s mean comments about her red hair.  She tries to cover up her red hair, but the results are awful.  Through trying to change her hair Anne realizes that it is part of what makes her unique.  She is able to understand that being self conscious about her hair made her feel bad about herself.  When she was being called names because of the colour of her hair, she immediately wanted to change the colour to fit in.  But the disaster of attempting to change the colour sparked more confidence in Anne, as she was able to proudly show off her red hair!

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The name-calling because of her hair colour created her to be self conscious about it. Her hair was making her feel different than everyone else.  She tried to fit in by attempting to change the colour, but after doing so realized that she is who she is and she should be proud of hair great red hair!

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Anne realizes that being different is okay, and that her features that make her stand out should be celebrated and not hidden.  She decides that it is more important to know how she feels about her hair, rather than submit to peer pressure.  Anne learns a very important lesson about fitting in, friendship and confidence!

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Anne makes a new friend in “The Stray”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “The Stray” Anne finds a new furry friend!

Anne finds a dog on their porch one day.  She falls instantly in love with the dog, but Marilla wants Anne to find its owner.  Anne is determined to keep it, but Marilla feels that they have enough animals and do not need anymore responsibility.  When no one comes to claim the dog, Anne has her heart set on keeping him.  Anne begins to look after the dog, and she learns that having a pet is hard work.  Peg Bowen comes to claim the dog and is happy to visit him until she is ready for her own dog.

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Anne learns how much work it is to have a pet, as she thinks of all the fun rather than the work it takes too.  She loves the dog and is happy to visit it, as she gets to still have all the fun without the work until she is ready for the responsibility of caring for her own pet.  Anne learned an important lesson about responsibility, as well as hard work!

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Anne also learned about the importance of returning lost items to their rightful owner.  As she finds she loves to spend time with the dog, but it really does belong to Peg Bowen.  So it is great at the end of the episode when Anne can visit the dog because the two have bonded during their short time together.

Anne Helps a Friend in Need in “Babysitter Blues”!

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In the Anne: The Animated Series episode “ Babysitter Blues” Gilbert thinks babysitting is easy until he is doing it alone!

babysitter blues stillGilbert is babysitting his cousin, who turns out to be a handful!  Gilbert assumes babysitting will be easy before he actually is alone with his cousin.  Anne, who has much experience with babysitting, comes to Gilbert’s rescue.  With the help of Anne Gilbert gets through his time babysitting, but realizes how demanding and difficult babysitting can be.  He also learns how important it is to be caring, understanding and vigilant while babysitting too.

Anne helps out Gilbert during his first time babysitting, as he does not have the experience she does.  Her help makes the time more enjoyable, but Gilbert also learns a lot too.  It is important to be there for friends when they need a helping hand, but to also share your knowledge and experience.  Their friendship is important as they can help each other get through situations and experiences, as Anne did with her babysitting experience.  Although Gilbert thought he could do it on his own, he was happy to have a helpful friend like Anne!