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PollyannaA Classic of Children's Literature Pollyanna By Eleanor H Porter Pollyanna is a best selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H Porter that is now considered a classic of children's literature with the title character's name becoming a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook The book was such a success that Porter soon produced a seuel Pollyanna Grows Up 1915 Eleven Pollyanna seuels known as Glad Books were later published most of them written by Elizabeth Borton or Harriet Lummis Smith Further seuels followed including Pollyanna Plays the Game by Colleen L Reece published in 1997 Pollyanna has been adapted for film several times Some of the best known are Disney's 1960 version starring child actress Hayley Mills who won a special Oscar for the role and the 1920 version starring Mary Pickford The title character is named Pollyanna Whittier a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville Vermont with her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly who does not want to take in Pollyanna but feels it is her duty to her late sister Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls The Gl Book Reviewed by Stacey on wwwwhisperingstoriescomEleven 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 hillPolly 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 toMiss 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 familiesPollyanna 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 peopleEven 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 isThe 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 tooI 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 outAs 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 uiz 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

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Gsville's most troubled inhabitants to play the game as well from a uerulous invalid named Mrs Snow to a miserly bachelor Mr Pendleton who lives all alone in a cluttered mansion Aunt Polly too finding herself helpless before Pollyanna's buoyant refusal to be downcast gradually begins to thaw although she resists the glad game longer than anyone else Eventually however even Pollyanna's robust optimism is put to the test when she gets hit by a car and loses the use of her legs At first she doesn't realize the seriousness of her situation but her spirits plummet when she is told what happened to her After that she lies in bed unable to find anything to be glad about Then the townspeople begin calling at Aunt Polly's house eager to let Pollyanna know how much her encouragement has improved their lives; and Pollyanna decides she can still be glad that she at least has had her legs The novel ends with Aunt Polly marrying her former lover Dr Chilton and Pollyanna being sent to a hospital where she learns to walk again and is able to appreciate the use of her legs far as a result of being temporarily disabled ”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

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ePub Ï mobi Pollyanna ò Û dogsalonbristol À [BOOKS] ⚦ Pollyanna By Eleanor H. Porter – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A Classic of Children's Literature Pollyanna By Eleanor H Porter Pollyanna is a best selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H Porter that is now considered a classic of children's literature with the title cAd Game an optimistic attitude she learned from her father The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel found only a pair of crutches inside Making the game up on the spot Pollyanna's father taught her to look at the good side of things in this case to be glad about the crutches because we didn't need to use them With this philosophy and her own sunny personality and sincere sympathetic soul Pollyanna brings so much gladness to her aunt's dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live The Glad Game shields her from her aunt's stern attitude when Aunt Polly puts her in a stuffy attic room without carpets or pictures she exults at the beautiful view from the high window; when she tries to punish her niece for being late to dinner by sentencing her to a meal of bread and milk in the kitchen with the servant Nancy Pollyanna thanks her rapturously because she likes bread and milk and she likes Nancy Soon Pollyanna teaches some of Beldin 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 billI 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 agoI 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

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