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Chatty, idealistic Pollyanna can always find something to be glad about. Even when the newly orphaned girl has to live with her cold, unloving Aunt Polly, she remains full of hope and joy. But then a horrible accident leaves her crippled—and it may finally be too much for Pollyanna to bear. Will all the people whose lives she's brightened be able to make her happy again?...

Title : Pollyanna
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ISBN : 9781402797187
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Pollyanna Reviews

  • Ingela
    2019-06-09 12:54

    Written April 2, 20154.2 Stars - Enchanting sweet, loved every single minuteA 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 $

  • Willow
    2019-05-29 18:04

    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.

  • Majenta
    2019-05-24 15:59

    Eu estava TAO FELIZ de encontrar e leer isso! (Nao, na verdade, eu estava.)

  • Kristina Horner
    2019-06-18 15:49

    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. :)

  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2019-05-26 15:53

    I'm GLAD I read it

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-05 13:51

    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!

  • Helen
    2019-05-27 14:59

    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.

  • Carol
    2019-06-08 13:42

    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)

  • Allison Tebo
    2019-05-30 17:04

    Absolutely lovely! Such a sweet book. Highly recommended!

  • Kristie
    2019-06-15 17:54

    Such a sweet story. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Minh Nhân Nguyễn
    2019-05-23 19:10

    4 saoPollyanna có một hoàn cảnh rất giống Heidi, mà quyển Heidi thì mình thích vô cùng, nên khi đọc bối cảnh truyện không được phóng khoáng như vậy và cô bé Pollyanna không giống mình mong đợi ban đầu nên cũng khá là thất vọng.Tuy nhiên khi đã đi được nửa quyển sách rồi, nắm bắt được chủ đề quyển sách hướng đến thì sẽ thấy nó rất hay và hấp dẫn. Truyện không chỉ thành công trong việc tạo ra những nhân vật bé nhỏ đáng yêu như các truyện thiếu nhi khác, mà còn hay ở chỗ nó ẩn chứa một thông điệp tích cực xuyên suốt quyển sách. Với thông điệp này, ta có thể xếp quyển sách vào thể loại "kỹ năng sống" bên cạnh thể loại sách thiếu nhi. Bằng cách đưa ra thông điệp một cách nhẹ nhàng, chậm rãi ở đầu truyện sau đó "tấn công" dồn dập ở cuối truyện, nó cho mình cảm giác thấm thía còn hơn những cuốn đao to búa lớn khác.Về khía cạnh cốt truyện và nhân vật, ban đầu mình cảm thấy chúng tràn ngập màu hồng quá, cho cảm giác những chi tiết này diễn ra ở một thời điểm xa xôi nào đó, không đúng ở hiện tại. Không như những cuốn sách kinh điển khác, đọc ở thời đại nào cũng có thể cảm thấy hay hết. Nhưng đến gần cuối truyện, khi có nhiều biến cố xảy ra, mình đã hiểu tại sao quyển sách này có thể "sống" lâu dài đến thế. Gấp quyển sách lại cho mình một cảm giác ấm áp và yêu đời, thế là Pollyanna lại đem đến niềm vui cho một người nữa với trò chơi của cô bé rồi :).

  • Carrie
    2019-06-01 19:08

    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.

  • Sandra Bašić
    2019-06-01 15:57

    Slatka draga Pollyanna! To je djevojčica koja uvijek u sebi i u drugima može pronaći nešto zbog čega će joj "biti drago". Svi bismo se trebali povesti za njenim primjerom. Jer za Pollyannu "disati ne znači živjeti". U životu treba učiniti puno više.Hvala Sanja, što si mi ovu krasnu knjigicu posudila na čitanje!

  • Aggeliki
    2019-06-17 14:44

    Δεν θυμάμαι πολλά, αλλά θυμάμαι να είχα περάσει καλά κάπου στην ηλικία των 11 (νομίζω) διαβάζοντας Πολυάννα. Το 4 μπαίνει λόγω όμορφης ανάμνησης (σε αυτό και στα υπόλοιπα της ιδίας).

  • Cass
    2019-06-01 19:52

    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.

  • Angie Thompson
    2019-06-13 19:48

    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!

  • Sheila
    2019-06-10 16:03

    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.

  • Aleeda
    2019-06-07 19:57

    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

  • Klaudyna Maciąg
    2019-05-19 17:05

    Książka, która ani trochę się nie zestarzała - wciąż dostarcza mi takiej radości, jak w dzieciństwie.Wydanie ze słownikiem bardzo ciekawe, można połączyć przyjemne z pożytecznym.Więcej we wpisie:

  • Loraine
    2019-05-28 14:41

    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.

  • Paula Vince
    2019-05-25 18:41

    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.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-06-12 18:04

    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.

  • Yona
    2019-06-01 13:53

    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.

  • Chicco Padovan
    2019-06-09 11:45

    Pollyanna Whittier: ovvero, storia di una piccola santa della letteratura infantile, resa martire per mancanza d’immaginazione dell’autrice e salvata in extremis con prevedibile miracolo finale.La cosa irritante di questo libro non è tanto la protagonista, che in fondo è solo una bambina scema. Il vero dramma sono gli adulti, tutti pronti ad abboccare a questo suo benedetto gioco della contentezza. Salva perfino una mezza prostituta! Cristo con la Maddalena in confronto è ’na schiappa.Capisco il messaggio di fondo, concentrati sull’aspetto positivo delle cose eccetera, ma è tutto gestito nella maniera più melensa possibile. Specialmente nel finale, scontato e patetico. Mi viene in mente la mia cara Anna dai capelli rossi, continuamente ripresa da Marilla per il suo caratteraccio e perennemente insoddisfatta di sé. Forse non così perfetta, ma in confronto è un capolavoro.

  • Raevyn Oswald
    2019-05-19 15:43

    Inspirational. And, to my surprise, it wasn't that cheesy...I wonder why people say that about this book? I have no plans to watch the movie.Recommended to ages nine and up. It's sad, but clean and ultimately uplifting.Discussion questions:1. If the readers haven't read Anne Of Green Gables, skip this question. Compare this book to LM Montgomery's work. Which was better? How did the books differ? Etc.2. Discuss the ending. Was it too pat/happy? Or was it right for the story?3. Was Pollyanna a Mary-Sue or just likably optimistic?

  • Rafael Meirelles
    2019-06-11 17:11

    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 ;)

  • Oziel Bispo
    2019-06-15 19:11

    Vamos brincar amigos "do jogo do contente", onde fica combinado que veremos beleza e coisas boas em tudo, mesmo que sejam coisas que não nos pareça boas, mas que irá nos ensinar a dar valor nas coisas que temos!!!

  • Sandy
    2019-06-11 13:53

    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.

  • Ania
    2019-06-04 18:57

    I was thoroughly surprised how much I enjoyed Pollyanna, and to think I was never going to read this book! The fact is Pollyanna has a bit of a bad reputation... stemming quite possibly from the general cynicism of today's day and age. It's true that there are some shortcomings to this novel. 1) Quite a big chunk of the book seems to be just like Anne of Green Gables and in parts Anne of Avonlea (the disgruntled neighbour part). It starts off just like the Anne books do, and Pollyanna is just as extroverted as Anne is, not to mention other parts of the novel but I won't say any more since I don't want to spoil anything.2) At times Pollyanna can seem one-dimensional. She's simply the kid that's glad all the time. I have to say that the times she is sad are good because they give her that bit of a dimension she so lacks. However it's still not enough to call Pollyanna a fully developed character. This probably stems from the fact that even though Pollyanna is a book about a child, it is written from an adult point of view, one that forgets about a child's anxieties, worries, concerns and remembers childhood as a time of only happy pursuits, pleasure and fun. Nonetheless, there are many good parts to this book I imagine that this book is quite exemplary novel for children to read because it underlines the importance of a positive attitude. The story flows fast and well, and the reader gets sucked into the book quite easily by the interesting characters and their colourful accents! All the adult characters were richly developped and I was so happy to see that. (ONE might even say GLAD!) :)Anywho, I will definately check out the sequel Pollyanna Grows Up!

  • Jennie
    2019-05-29 17:57

    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.