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Book by Eleanor H. Porter, Johanna Spyri, L.M. Montgomery, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Louisa May Alcott


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Book by Eleanor H. Porter, Johanna Spyri, L.M. Montgomery, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Louisa May Alcott

30 review for Pollyanna

  1. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Eleven-year-old Pollyanna has been through such heartache. Her mother died a few years ago and now her Minister father has tragically died too. The only family she has left is her Aunt Polly who lives in Vermont in a big house on a hill. Polly Harrington is a forty-year-old wealthy woman who lives alone in a large white house with green shutters. In her prime, she was a lovely young woman but over the years she has become stern and arrogant and like Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Eleven-year-old Pollyanna has been through such heartache. Her mother died a few years ago and now her Minister father has tragically died too. The only family she has left is her Aunt Polly who lives in Vermont in a big house on a hill. Polly Harrington is a forty-year-old wealthy woman who lives alone in a large white house with green shutters. In her prime, she was a lovely young woman but over the years she has become stern and arrogant and likes to be alone. She knows it is her duty to take in her niece, though she really doesn’t want to. Miss Polly has lots of hired help at her home, including general helper Nancy, Gardener Tom, Driver Timothy, and Miss Durgin the Washer Woman. The staff are all looking forward to having a young girl in the house, even if Miss Polly isn’t. They hope that over time she will bring joy and laughter back to what was once a house full of love and happy families. Pollyanna was written in 1913 by Eleanor H. Porter and her name has over the years has come to mean, ‘an excessively cheerful or optimistic person’ – Look it up in a dictionary!. This is because little Pollyanna (named after her two aunts Polly and Anna) is always happy and sees the best in people. Even though Pollyanna has been through so much hardship and heartache she is always upbeat and brings joy to the townsfolk who come to adore her. That is until a tragic moment and then it’s up to the people of the town to remind Pollyanna what an inspirational young girl she is. The book is all about how a little girl who can see the good in every situation even when others can’t and that maybe if you look hard enough you can too. I never read this book as a child, though I had known of it and had seen it about. Most likely because I tended to stay away from the classics as a child and unfortunately, I have a feeling even today that children prefer newer books than classics like this, which is a shame as they are really missing out. As classics go this was surprisingly easy to read. The language is clear and mainly written using words we use today, except for sometimes when Pollyanna spoke. That girl also spoke ten to the dozen and at times it felt like she went on and on 🙂 As with nearly all Alma classic books, this has extra reading material at the back, as well as a quiz and a glossary of terms used back in 1913. This is a beautiful book that I really enjoyed. The words just flowed and the plot was so vivid and I felt like I had travelled back in time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    Pollyanna is the story of a young, optimistic girl who is tragically orphaned, sent to live with her grumpy Aunt, and ends up changing a town’s point of view through her sunny disposition. It's supposed to be inspiring. In fact, it’s probably the idea bud for books like The Power of Positive Thinking. Pollyanna, the eternal optimist, plays the ‘glad game’ where she always tries to find something to be glad about, no matter how challenging. Also, everyone who comes into contact with Pollyanna is h Pollyanna is the story of a young, optimistic girl who is tragically orphaned, sent to live with her grumpy Aunt, and ends up changing a town’s point of view through her sunny disposition. It's supposed to be inspiring. In fact, it’s probably the idea bud for books like The Power of Positive Thinking. Pollyanna, the eternal optimist, plays the ‘glad game’ where she always tries to find something to be glad about, no matter how challenging. Also, everyone who comes into contact with Pollyanna is happily inspired by her wonderful, positive outlook and becomes a more enlightened person because of it. I was only eight years old when I read this book. Consequently, I bought this message hook, line and sinker. I made it my mission in life to be happy and positive all the time, and tried to have that perfect ‘Pollyanna disposition.’ It’s now so ingrained into my psyche, I probably couldn’t get rid of it if I tried. People still give me ghastly looks sometimes and say, “Oh my God, you’re always so happy? How do you do it?” Let’s face it though, the ‘Pollyanna disposition’ is a bunch of crap. Nothing is more patronizing then to have somebody tell you (after your job has been downgraded and your pay cut in half) “You should be glad you still have a job.” That maybe true, but that doesn’t take away the outrage of having been screwed by your employer. Being positive all the time is like crushing a piece inside of you. Sometimes you just want to bitch, grump, and spew a bunch of obscenities. Sometimes you’re just sad and don’t have the energy to try to find the gladness. I’ll be honest, I loved this book as a child, but I could not read it again. It’d just piss me off.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Pollyanna is an interesting book. It was published only four years after Anne of Green Gables, and both stories have a similar storyline: a plucky, young girl of eleven or so is orphaned and has nowhere to go. Both Pollyanna and Anne struggle with their appearance and both are received in a lackluster way, by new caregivers who aren't sure they really want them. Both girls also work their magic by having a sort of unflagging optimism that turns the stingy hearts of others around them. But, Pollyanna is an interesting book. It was published only four years after Anne of Green Gables, and both stories have a similar storyline: a plucky, young girl of eleven or so is orphaned and has nowhere to go. Both Pollyanna and Anne struggle with their appearance and both are received in a lackluster way, by new caregivers who aren't sure they really want them. Both girls also work their magic by having a sort of unflagging optimism that turns the stingy hearts of others around them. But, after about three chapters in, my 11-year-old turned to me and said, “Mom, did this author copy Anne of Green Gables?” And, I must admit, I was wondering the same thing. There are some differences in the storylines. . . Pollyanna is more known for her “optimistic thinking” and her “Just Be Glad” game, where you quickly try to improve negative thinking by using the mindset that you should “just be glad that. . . " Anne is better known for her poetic proclamations of natural beauty and her imagination. The middle of the story finally won us over, and we stopped making comparisons to Anne, but then the tidy ending irked me and we settled on a 3.5/4. My daughter summed up this middle grades read rather nicely, by saying in her new, prepubescent tone, “Mom, I'm glad we read it, but Anne of Green Gables is way better than this one.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ingie

    Written April 2, 2015 4.2 Stars - Enchanting sweet, loved every single minute A classics girl-novel by Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) from 1913. I've been listening to this fantastic $1 audiobook (5:40 hrs - very well) narrated by Rebecca Burns these two last day. Oddly enough, I think I might like this young-girl book even more now as an grownup than as a girl long ago. These characters and especially this sweet sunshine girl Pollyanna made me just smiling in nearly six hours. Absolutely charming and lovely. I wish I, mys20154.2 Written April 2, 2015 4.2 Stars - Enchanting sweet, loved every single minute A classics girl-novel by Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) from 1913. I've been listening to this fantastic $1 audiobook (5:40 hrs - very well) narrated by Rebecca Burns these two last day. Oddly enough, I think I might like this young-girl book even more now as an grownup than as a girl long ago. These characters and especially this sweet sunshine girl Pollyanna made me just smiling in nearly six hours. Absolutely charming and lovely. I wish I, myself, could remember and live after Pollyanna's "Glad Game" strategy every 'cloudy' day. If we followed her idea would probably life and everyday life become so much more fun for everyone. *********************************************** . Pollyanna Whittier is a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her spinster Aunt Polly. Unfortunately doesn't Miss Polly want to take in young Pollyanna, but feels it is her duty to her late sister. It doesn't start that well... But Pollyanna is a brave little girl and her philosophy of life is what she calls The Glad Game , she just has to find something to be glad about in every situation. *********************************************** “Oh, yes; the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about—no matter what 'twas” “... there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.” *********************************************** I LIKE - fantastic audiobooks for just a single $

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Horner

    I picked this book up because I needed "a book over 100 years old" for my reading challenge this year, and being written in 1913 (making it currently 102 years old) it just fit the bill. I didn't really go into this book with any expectations. I've never seen the movie, I knew nothing of the plot, but I was intrigued to read a book written for young readers so long ago. I am happy to report that this book was delightful. I was smiling the whole time I read it, and was surpr I picked this book up because I needed "a book over 100 years old" for my reading challenge this year, and being written in 1913 (making it currently 102 years old) it just fit the bill. I didn't really go into this book with any expectations. I've never seen the movie, I knew nothing of the plot, but I was intrigued to read a book written for young readers so long ago. I am happy to report that this book was delightful. I was smiling the whole time I read it, and was surprised and impressed how many of the themes Pollyanna speaks to (being happy for what you've got, sending money away to people far away rather than helping those right in front of you for the sake of that number being in the reports, etc) were still relevant today. I was heartbroken and completely surprised about the twist near the end, but was still so thrilled with the positive message that stayed throughout the book. Pollyanna unwaveringly assumed the best of people, which is something very few do. It was so powerful, seeing how the grownups in this book reacted to Pollyanna falsely assuming their intentions were usually better than they were. What a great little book. Even if Pollyanna seemed larger than life sometimes.. I don't think it was a bad thing. I know I'll be playing the glad game long after putting this book down. :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    ”…there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.” I never read this as a child, although I’m pretty sure that if I had known it was a book, I would have begged for a copy of my very own. When this first came out as a movie, my father took me to see it, just the two of us – a rare event. I loved the simplicity of her view of life, in general, and particularly in finding joy in the smallest things, echoing the teachings of her recently pass ”…there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.” I never read this as a child, although I’m pretty sure that if I had known it was a book, I would have begged for a copy of my very own. When this first came out as a movie, my father took me to see it, just the two of us – a rare event. I loved the simplicity of her view of life, in general, and particularly in finding joy in the smallest things, echoing the teachings of her recently passed father, who was a minister. He’d shared some of his beliefs with her during his life, chief among them was “the rejoicing texts”--’Be glad in the Lord,’ or ‘Rejoice greatly,’ or ‘Shout for joy,’ and all that, you know—such a lot of ‘em.” And in her sweetly inspirational in the “and a child shall lead them” kind of way, she mentions that he told her: ”…if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it—SOME.” Many thanks to my goodreads friend Kimber, whose review prompted me to add this one!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimber Silver

    One of my favorite books when I was a girl.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Wow! What have I been missing all these years! As a child I grew up on the Disney movie of "Pollyanna" and thought it was just wonderful. I was never introduced to the "classics" or even realized that Pollyanna was a book turned into a movie. When I sat down with my chidlren to read this story I THOUGHT I knew what I was reading to them, but boy was I wrong!! It soon became apparent that this was another true o the test of time classics that takes you through all the emotions of a true clssic! M Wow! What have I been missing all these years! As a child I grew up on the Disney movie of "Pollyanna" and thought it was just wonderful. I was never introduced to the "classics" or even realized that Pollyanna was a book turned into a movie. When I sat down with my chidlren to read this story I THOUGHT I knew what I was reading to them, but boy was I wrong!! It soon became apparent that this was another true o the test of time classics that takes you through all the emotions of a true clssic! My children fell in love with sweet litle Polyanna and we all cried and laughed along with her and for her! My children each had such a touching emotional growth of faith, compassion and empathy through this reading that I wish all children had a mommy to read this story to them! Read this one to your chidren no matter their age and share the beauty of real life!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Pollyanna, read when I was in elementary school, is one of the books that helped to form my character. The concept of looking for the good in everything, even in events or people that showed no obvious goodness appeared, to my young mind, both a good idea and a challenge. First in imitation and later as habit I began to "look for the good." Recently I received a copy of a college application essay a young friend had written about me, an influential person in her life. The characteristic in me Pollyanna, read when I was in elementary school, is one of the books that helped to form my character. The concept of looking for the good in everything, even in events or people that showed no obvious goodness appeared, to my young mind, both a good idea and a challenge. First in imitation and later as habit I began to "look for the good." Recently I received a copy of a college application essay a young friend had written about me, an influential person in her life. The characteristic in me that she chose to describe was my propensity to find the shining moment(s) in each day and to hold onto them. "Pollyanna" is still influencing young people through me forty years after I read the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    My teen daughter and I read this on the way to a soccer tournament and it was a great conversation starter on so many topics - one's approach to life and "bad" events or circumstances, communication styles, charitable endeavors, gender roles, and on and on. I'm sorry I didn't pick up Pollyanna until now, but enjoyed it immensely and was glad to have read it and finished it right before Thanksgiving! (pun intended)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    Absolutely lovely! Such a sweet book. Highly recommended!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    When did I first read Pollyanna? I couldn't say. This little book is a perennial favorite. It's been a few years since I picked it up and this time I found that my memory had deceived me again. What you remember is a story about a girl who wants everyone to be glad, and who gets a happy ending at last. What you get is a story about an orphaned girl sent to a loveless home who reaches out to the troubled people of a small town, resulting in a wide variety of pathetic tales of woe and loss. Pollya When did I first read Pollyanna? I couldn't say. This little book is a perennial favorite. It's been a few years since I picked it up and this time I found that my memory had deceived me again. What you remember is a story about a girl who wants everyone to be glad, and who gets a happy ending at last. What you get is a story about an orphaned girl sent to a loveless home who reaches out to the troubled people of a small town, resulting in a wide variety of pathetic tales of woe and loss. Pollyanna's insistently cheerful nature is clouded by the fact that each time she plays the infamous "glad game" it is bitter reminder of the harsh life she lived, and the loss of her beloved father. Those people who have only seen the Haley Mills version of the movie might be surprised by the pathos embedded in this story. It is needed, however, in order to balance out the sometimes saccharine nature of a story about a little girl who reminds a whole town what it is to be glad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cass

    It has taken me a while to get to this book, I distinctly remember watching the movie several times as a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It comes with a very strong message, and even some marital advice!! Pollyanna is terribly good. Her ability to play the game of always being so nice, her absolute charm is almost of the Mary Sue type character. However as a lesson, the book is wonderful, it is a gentle reminder that a lot more can be gained by being gracious, nice, It has taken me a while to get to this book, I distinctly remember watching the movie several times as a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It comes with a very strong message, and even some marital advice!! Pollyanna is terribly good. Her ability to play the game of always being so nice, her absolute charm is almost of the Mary Sue type character. However as a lesson, the book is wonderful, it is a gentle reminder that a lot more can be gained by being gracious, nice, etc then by being horrible.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    Such a sweet story. I really enjoyed this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Pollyanna gets a bad rap in this jaded age. Written in 1913, this is the story of an orphaned little girl who makes the best of her life experiences, always looking for something good to be had of a challenging situation. Pollyanna lost her mother at an early age, and then her missionary father a few years later. As a family, they themselves lived a life of privation, while ministering to those less well off. Upon the death of her father, Pollyanna is sent to live with her Aunt Polly, Pollyanna gets a bad rap in this jaded age. Written in 1913, this is the story of an orphaned little girl who makes the best of her life experiences, always looking for something good to be had of a challenging situation. Pollyanna lost her mother at an early age, and then her missionary father a few years later. As a family, they themselves lived a life of privation, while ministering to those less well off. Upon the death of her father, Pollyanna is sent to live with her Aunt Polly, who--as she sees it--is doing her duty by her estranged dead sister's child. Pollyanna meets all sorts of new people, many of them worn down by their own challenging lives, and some of them emotionally distant as a result of lost lovers. (Yes, "lovers" is indeed how the author describes these mysterious and now absent partners n John Pendleton's life, or Dr. Chilton's life, or--lo and behold--Aunt Polly's life. What a loaded word! Whether trysts were innocent of sex or not, the word itself expresses a longing that I with my 21st century sensibilities find surprising in an early 20th century children's book.) Rich and poor, lost and lonely, orphaned . . . Pollyanna is open to every type of character and does touch many, many lives. She is by nature a generous human being, I think. I read Pollyanna just because as a child growing up in the 1950s, I missed it. It would have been a book my mother, who was born in 1926, might have read. I think, too, I thought the Disney movie told me the story, and by the time that movie hit the big screen I was all of 12 didn't need to read a child's book, having seen the movie! Eleanor Porter was a resident of Littleton, NH. The characters that inhabit Aunt Polly's Beldingsville are very much of a place in time, and are New Englanders in their sensibilities. Ms. Porter wrote her novel just a year after the 48th state joined the union, just to give some perspective. It's a time when orphaned children were just taken in by families, and grinding poverty could force families to put their children in orphanages and invalids go to the poor house if they are not a family of substance. So . . . Pollyanna touches the lives of a lot of different people, my favorite, I think, being little Jimmy Bean, a runaway from the orphanage.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    I have clearly lived under a rock (not that this is news). I have heard my mom reference Pollyanna about a million times but until a couple of weeks ago didn't realize she was a book character. I'm not sure where I thought my mom (and others) got that name, but I'm not too swift on the uptake. I really wanted to hate this book, and frankly there are things to hate. But its impossible to hate it as a whole. It's overly simplistic, ridiculously sweet and still touching. I think you'd have to be de I have clearly lived under a rock (not that this is news). I have heard my mom reference Pollyanna about a million times but until a couple of weeks ago didn't realize she was a book character. I'm not sure where I thought my mom (and others) got that name, but I'm not too swift on the uptake. I really wanted to hate this book, and frankly there are things to hate. But its impossible to hate it as a whole. It's overly simplistic, ridiculously sweet and still touching. I think you'd have to be dead inside not to appreciate the positive message. I might have a cold black heart, but even I know that being a little more glad isn't a bad thing. That being said, its a little TOO much for me. The writing style and the gimmicks Porter gives to the language used aren't my cup of tea. I let it go because of the age of the book; early 1900s books have a much different style. Although, I still would have given my (abused) liver to not have to have Nancy repeat the last thing she says every time she talks "I do, I do" ! And I found myself mentally willing Pollyanna to take a damn breath. I know people like that and I just want to shake them and make them speak coherently. But the real issue I have with the book is how much it simplifies attitude and outlook. I'm not an optimist and never have been, so "the glad game" is totally foreign to me. But some of the things to be glad about in the book are a stretch. Sometimes situations suck and that's all there is to it. You can learn to accept it and figure out how to move on, but to be glad about something terrible seems, well, the height of stupidity to me. That being said, thinking about the good things in life and being grateful for what you do have are good lessons to learn. Just don't do it so much that you are twisting yourself in a pretzel to not see what is right in front of you. More Pollyanna, but without the blinders.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angie Thompson

    It's terrible to admit, but this may be the first time I've ever read Pollyanna straight through (although I've definitely read it in bits and pieces). I feel like people sometimes associate Pollyanna with syrupy sweet, too-good-for-this-world cheerfulness, but she's so much better than that! She's such a real little girl--talking too fast and too much, mixing her thoughts up delightfully, and sometimes being painfully blunt and observant, although of course she never intends to cause pain. Even It's terrible to admit, but this may be the first time I've ever read Pollyanna straight through (although I've definitely read it in bits and pieces). I feel like people sometimes associate Pollyanna with syrupy sweet, too-good-for-this-world cheerfulness, but she's so much better than that! She's such a real little girl--talking too fast and too much, mixing her thoughts up delightfully, and sometimes being painfully blunt and observant, although of course she never intends to cause pain. Even though she's blissfully oblivious to a lot of the rudeness in the world, she has to work to play her glad game, and we even see her in tears a few times. But her pluck and determination comes to the rescue--"the harder 'tis, the more fun 'tis to get 'em out" as she tells Nancy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Hammons

    I was a little annoyed with Pollyanna at times, she just kept talking. But there were parts of this book had me laughing for several hours. Pollyanna and Nancy were talking about names and Pollyanna told about Mrs. Hephzibah White's name, that part was funny. The longer I think about it the more I think if everyone could find the "glad" in any situation the less miserable people would be.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Hamilton

    I am so _GLAD_ I read this! Anyone who read the book will understand the emphasis on "glad".😂 This book was really good. It makes you laugh and cry, and also think about the different things you yourself can be glad about. It is a gift to be able to see or find the positive side of things, especially when you're down on your luck. My first thoughts were: Nancy iso funny and loveable, and Old Tom's got a good sense of humour, according to this: "Why don't ye tell me the sun is a-goin' ter set I am so _GLAD_ I read this! Anyone who read the book will understand the emphasis on "glad".😂 This book was really good. It makes you laugh and cry, and also think about the different things you yourself can be glad about. It is a gift to be able to see or find the positive side of things, especially when you're down on your luck. My first thoughts were: Nancy iso funny and loveable, and Old Tom's got a good sense of humour, according to this: "Why don't ye tell me the sun is a-goin' ter set in the east termorrer?" I was also wondering why Aunt Polly was always frowning. Well, I knew that she obviously was going to turn out alright. They always do in the books, ye know. Well, I'm glad that we have books to read when the world turns hideous. Pollyanna reminded me of Anne Shirley with her freckles and her, "Of course, 'twould have been a good deal harder to be glad in black--". She is quite different though. At first, I was beginning to get annoyed with her "I'm glad" in every few sentences. Also, almost all her sentences ended in exclamation marks, making it sound like she's speaking loud. And boy could she talk! I was aware of who was Miss Polly's lover, I had no doubts about it, and I was almost sure of who Mr. Pendleton was. Of course, towards the end everyone gets weepy, even the reader, but there is always hope. :) The book was a quick read, and it was fun even if the characters lacked a little depth. I suppose it was meant for a younger audience, but it is something every adult should read too!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    What a great story. I love Pollyanna's attitude, her glad game, and her outlook on all things. I would love to know this girl. I would love to be this girl. I read this aloud to my daughter and she greatly enjoyed the story as well. Now we will move on to Pollyanna Grows Up and see if we enjoy that one as well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paula Vince

    This book deserves its position as a children's classic. The little orphan girl, Pollyanna, is sent to live with her gruff Aunt Polly after the death of her father. What a potential set-up for a sad life outlook, but she manages to transform not only her aunt but many other townspeople with the 'Glad Game' her father taught her. Always look for the silver lining in every cloud and you'll be bound to find it. I've noticed Pollyanna has been given a bit of a bum rap in recent This book deserves its position as a children's classic. The little orphan girl, Pollyanna, is sent to live with her gruff Aunt Polly after the death of her father. What a potential set-up for a sad life outlook, but she manages to transform not only her aunt but many other townspeople with the 'Glad Game' her father taught her. Always look for the silver lining in every cloud and you'll be bound to find it. I've noticed Pollyanna has been given a bit of a bum rap in recent years. She's almost always poked fun at as an unnaturally, over-the-top optimist, and very rarely do people point us to her as an example of how to live our lives. I think people assume that she refuses to acknowledge the bad side of life at all, choosing to live in a delusional world of denial. Most people probably haven't read the book. That's off track. Pollyanna doesn't deny the bad. She just chooses to accentuate the positive, which seems a healthy way to live. So many people who acknowledge the benefits of that attitude are the same people who say, "I'm not suggesting that you become a Pollyanna." As a matter of fact, I believe they are. There are other characters with good supporting roles. Aunt Polly was surely a product of the austere nineteenth century. Surely not many modern ladies would ever become such sourpusses. I like the laugh we got when Pollyanna asked Mr John Pendleton if she could see the skeleton in his closet. And one of my favourite scenes is one which Pollyanna wasn't even in. It's when little Jimmy Bean goes to explain to Aunt Polly why she must let Dr Chilton see Pollyanna. If you follow modern labels, she's obviously one of those sunny, sanguine children, a true extrovert who gets her energy from rubbing shoulders with other people. But even those of us who are introverts and more on the melancholic or phlegmatic scale can take on board the main theme of Pollyanna in our own way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aleeda

    After reading the Hunger Games trilogy, followed by somber nonfiction, I felt ready to read something good. Not good as in well-reviewed literature, but something good as in 'happy' literature. Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna did not disappoint. You've probably heard someone called, been called, or possibly (hopefully not) called someone a Pollyanna. It's someone who is considered impossibly optimistic in the worst possible circumstances. Such people are thought to be annoying, naive, even After reading the Hunger Games trilogy, followed by somber nonfiction, I felt ready to read something good. Not good as in well-reviewed literature, but something good as in 'happy' literature. Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna did not disappoint. You've probably heard someone called, been called, or possibly (hopefully not) called someone a Pollyanna. It's someone who is considered impossibly optimistic in the worst possible circumstances. Such people are thought to be annoying, naive, even exasperating, and Pollyanna certainly fits this description to her Aunt Polly, her neighbor John Pendleton, and Nancy, who is the maid. Pollyanna is a orphan. Even her name, a combination of two of her aunts' names, annoys her aunt Polly. She gives her the worst room in the house, and thinks to punish her, but is vexed at every turn by her niece. Pollyanna's worldview is simple, and described by her as the 'glad game', taught to her by her minister father. The thing about this attitude is that Pollyanna never varies (perhaps once!) and because of her undaunted character, she will wear you down. Think of when you've seen a soldier, whose body parts have been blown to bits, but he is so upbeat that you cannot help but think he will succeed. I don't think the audience in 1913 was children, but Pollyanna has become classic children's literature. For me it was a lovely antidote to the literature of brutality I had been reading lately. I am now prepared for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. :-D

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    There are many classics that I did not read as a child. Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, and Little Women are but a few. However, I vow to systematically read these treasures in the next few months. Today I read Pollyanna. Published in 1913, this gem stands the test of time. It is delightfully sappy, corny and wonderfully filled with old fashioned fun. Pollyanna is an orphan whose father left her with the wonderful gift There are many classics that I did not read as a child. Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, and Little Women are but a few. However, I vow to systematically read these treasures in the next few months. Today I read Pollyanna. Published in 1913, this gem stands the test of time. It is delightfully sappy, corny and wonderfully filled with old fashioned fun. Pollyanna is an orphan whose father left her with the wonderful gift of optimism and the ability to find something to be glad about even in the most difficult situations. When chatty, gregarious Pollyanna is taken in by her stern, hardened Aunt Polly, magic occurs. Not only is Aunt Polly changed, but the entire town is transformed as well. If you haven't read this classic, I recommend you do so! Grab a pair of rose colored glasses, a cup of sugared hot chocolate, a sprinkling of holiday cheer and be prepared to smile.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deyanne

    How can I not find a book enchanting that I read while sitting next to an eight year old granddaughter as we took turns reading every other page? She giggled; she sighed; and she told me to read faster so that she would know what was going to happen. I'm grateful that my granddaughter and I can now reference the "game" as she advances through the challenges of maturing and learning. All of us have or will deal with someone "crusty" and "worn" during our lives. Pollyanna certainly had an optimist How can I not find a book enchanting that I read while sitting next to an eight year old granddaughter as we took turns reading every other page? She giggled; she sighed; and she told me to read faster so that she would know what was going to happen. I'm grateful that my granddaughter and I can now reference the "game" as she advances through the challenges of maturing and learning. All of us have or will deal with someone "crusty" and "worn" during our lives. Pollyanna certainly had an optimistic way of regarding her personal challenges and environment. This is a cherished memory now that I have tucked away with this delightful and well-read child. I wonder what she will choose next. By the way, her predictions were not correct. She will fine-tune her skills.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Yes, this is written more for younger children and I do think it is a story they would enjoy most. I grew up watching the Disney movie and while it is good, they show Pollyanna sneaking around. In this book, many will probably think she is too good to be true, but I think she is wonderful. This is a story about finding the good in the middle of life's hardships. It is a good reminder for me. Note: I'm using this concept book as the inspiration for an upcoming novella. Stay tuned.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bluetiful Hadeel

    Choose to be "glad" and you will. Happiness comes within. Don't look for badness, troubles, Gossips... etc. Just be happy and spread happiness wherever you go. Pollyanna did that and you can do the same (if you want it, put your mind into it). My second Audiobook. amazing narration through Youtube / Greatest Audiobooks narrated by @thestorygirl. I have read the story years ago and watched different versions of the movie and still, it felt like the first time. Have a ha Choose to be "glad" and you will. Happiness comes within. Don't look for badness, troubles, Gossips... etc. Just be happy and spread happiness wherever you go. Pollyanna did that and you can do the same (if you want it, put your mind into it). My second Audiobook. amazing narration through Youtube / Greatest Audiobooks narrated by @thestorygirl. I have read the story years ago and watched different versions of the movie and still, it felt like the first time. Have a happy day ahead :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yona

    I loved the movie and i can't wait to read the book. I loved loved this book. It was so beautifully written. There were moments when I just wanted to cry from happiness. The way Pollyanna touched everyone she met was amazing. There isn't anything better than smiling so much after finishing a book. When I feel bad or sad this will be the book I'm going to read to feel better.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    The concept of the “Glad Game” was actually interesting to me when I started reading this novella. And really at some points during my everyday life I found myself “playing the game”, and it did help sometimes, to my surprise. However I did have a problem with the comparisons that Pollyanna used throughout the story. I am against comparing oneself to others as I see it the ultimate cause of unhappiness. If the author had dealt with this point better I believe it would have been a better book in The concept of the “Glad Game” was actually interesting to me when I started reading this novella. And really at some points during my everyday life I found myself “playing the game”, and it did help sometimes, to my surprise. However I did have a problem with the comparisons that Pollyanna used throughout the story. I am against comparing oneself to others as I see it the ultimate cause of unhappiness. If the author had dealt with this point better I believe it would have been a better book in general.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tahera

    I had only one thought running through my mind while reading this book and that is how perfectly wonderful it would be if Pollyanna and Anne Shirley met and decided to play the 'Glad Game' together among 'kindred spirits'....it would make for a lovely story!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rafael Meirelles

    It was the very first BOOk that I read. At 9 years old. I don't remember it very well, and it took like AGES to finish it. And probably I didn't like it, because it was an obligation, BUT.. it opened the doors to this very world that I just adore, nowadays. So, it's a 5 stars ;)

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