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Pollyanna

Eleanor H. Porter

Book Overview: 

Pollyanna tells the story of Pollyanna Whittier, a young girl who goes to live with her wealthy Aunt Polly after her father’s death. Pollyanna’s philosophy of life centers around what she calls “The Glad Game”: she always tries to find something to be glad about in every situation, and to always do without delay whatever she thinks is right. With this philosophy, and her own sunny personality, she brings so much gladness to her aunt’s dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant, healthy place to live. Eventually, however, even Pollyanna’s robust optimism is put to the test when she loses the use of her legs in an accident. (From Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Other mornings you will sew with me. That will leave the afternoons for your music. I shall, of course, procure a teacher at once for you," she finished decisively, as she arose from her chair.

Pollyanna cried out in dismay.

"Oh, but Aunt Polly, Aunt Polly, you haven't left me any time at all just to—to live."

"To live, child! What do you mean? As if you weren't living all the time!"

"Oh, of course I'd be BREATHING all the time I was doing those things, Aunt Polly, but I wouldn't be living. You breathe all the time you're asleep, but you aren't living. I mean living—doing the things you want to do: playing outdoors, reading (to myself, of course), climbing hills, talking to Mr. Tom in the garden, and Nancy, and finding out all about the houses and the people and everything everywhere all through the perfectly lovely streets I came through yesterday. That's what I call living, Aunt Polly. Just breathing isn't living. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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...more

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...more

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

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!!!

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).

Absolutely lovely! Such a sweet book. Highly recommended!

I'm GLAD I read it

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,...more

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...more

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 un...more

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