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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna (original 1913; edition 2012)

by Eleanor H. Porter

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Info:Empire Books (2012), Paperback, 218 pages
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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)


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Unloved and unwanted, orphan Pollyanna Whittier boards an eastbound train to live with her Aunt Polly, a wealthy spinster. Aunt Polly treats the child insensitively, giving her a musty room in the attic and expecting her to keep quiet and stay out of the way. Pollyanna, with her optimistic outlook on life, turns all the lemons thrown her way into lemonade; punishments are viewed as rewards, unfriendly people in town are befriended. Pollyanna's "Glad Game" is soon played by all the people of the town. A terrible accident with a motor car as she is crossing the street finally breaks Pollyanna's spirit. When long-held secrets are finally revealed, even Aunt Polly comes around to warming up not only to her niece, but to a relationship she had long denied herself. ( )
  LynneQuan | Oct 3, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Sep 27, 2017 |
Pollyanna's eternal optimism has made her one of the most beloved characters in American literature. First published in 1913.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Pollyanna was the daughter of a splendid young man, though he was very poor; and so was that mother, though she was pretty and kind. But when her father and her beautiful mother both die, the poor girl is left in the hands of her strict and dutiful aunt, Miss Polly Harrington, and Nancy, her impressed slave. Pollyanna, as a very optimistic girl, was overjoyed at the sight of that loving household, and decided to play ‘the game’ in it, too. ‘The game’, as you might want to know, was something her father had made up, where whatever you do, you must always find something to be glad of inside it, whether it isn’t shown straight away or not. Pollyanna was very happy with her new home; but then she encounters something so horrible that she wonders if she’ll ever feel glad about anything again.
I thought this book was really very brilliant, only it was pretty much only dialogue, and I must admit that I hate too much dialogue. Yet the characters spoke in such an old-fashioned and very intriguing way that I could no longer doubt my liking of the book. ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
I'm sure I read this book as a child - I just couldn't recall much about it so decided to pick it up when I saw it in the $1 section at Target. A great story about a cheery girl who's been dealt a bad hand. Memorable characters and descriptive yet quick writing. I couldn't help but wish that there were more books in the series (like Anne of Green Gables). ( )
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To My Cousin Belle
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Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning.
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This is Pollyanna the *book* (and book-on-tape). This is *not* the movie. Please do not combine the two!
ISBN 1557486603 is a Barbour publication of Pollyanna.
ISBN 0060882166 is a Harper Festival Charming Classics publication of Pollyanna.
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Pollyanna's eternal optimism has made her one of the most beloved characters in American literature. First published in 1913, her story spawned the formation of "Glad" clubs all over the country, devoted to playing Pollyanna's famous game. Pollyanna has since sold over one million copies, been translated into several languages, and has become both a Broadway play and a Disney motion picture.

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In early twentieth-century Vermont, orphaned, eleven-year-old Pollyanna comes to live with her austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, and uses her philosophy of gladness to bring happiness to her aunt and other unhappy members of the community.

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