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Pollyanna (Pollyanna #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  43,297 ratings  ·  864 reviews
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"Salah satu novel anak paling populer sepanjang masa. Telah diangkat menjadi film dan dipentaskan di Teater Broadway."

Tak pernah terpikir oleh Miss Polly Harrington bahwa hidupnya yang selama ini teratur dan penuh ketenangan akan ditingkahi kehadiran seorang gadis cilik. Gadis itu adalah keponakannya sendiri, POLLYANNA, yang dirawatnya karena...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 2010 by Orange Books (first published 1913)
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Pollyanna is the story 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 happ...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 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...more
Mar 18, 2012 Helen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: my Mom
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
So many editions they had to re-use ISBNs (the one I read this time is not the one pictured). I read some other edition as a child, and when I saw a copy in the library I grabbed it. I'm not surprised - despite the mockings of 'hip' cynics, it's a charmer. I've tried to apply the idea of The Glad Game all my life, and when I do, I do feel better. And I feel like I've always known that "Just breathing isn't living!" but that's a quote from the book, so I probably got it from Pollyanna and Porter....more
Mar 31, 2008 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of classic children's literature
Shelves: kidlit
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...more
Mia Queen
Inilah sebabnya kenapa saya suka membaca cerita klasik. Kisahnya indah, ga neko-neko, mungkin ada sedikit masalah, klimaks yang secukupnya (ga bikin hati dag dig dug)dan ending pas.

Hati hangat dengan senyum simpul di bibir saya setelah membaca halaman terakhir Pollyanna membuat saya memberikan bintang 5 untuk buku ini.

Kisahnya sih standar, gabungan antara Anne of Green Gables dan A Little Princess, berkisah tentang anak perempuan yatim piatu yang diasuh oleh kerabatnya yang kersa hati, judes da...more
Jun 08, 2012 Ania rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables Fans
Recommended to Ania by: goodreads
Shelves: anna-banana
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...more
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...more
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.
Rachel Wagner
Normally I hate syrupy characters but for some strange reason Pollyanna works for me. Children usually see the best in people and that's I guess why Pollyanna's story is so fun and touching.
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 exasperatin...more
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 years. She's almost alw...more
sinta nisfuanna
Pollyanna, Bocah yang Pintar Menemukan "Bangku-Senyum"

Membaca permainan ‘Suka Cita’ Pollyanna, mengingatkan saya dengan slogan sendiri, ‘Keindahan Hadir Saat Kepala Manusia Berpikir Positif’. Kurang lebih keduanya memiliki inti yang mirip, sama-sama mencari ‘hal baik/positif’ yang pasti terselip di setiap kesedihan.

Sulit? Ya, bisa jadi sangat sulit, apalagi bagi yang tidak terbiasa. Saya teringat analogi papan tulis putih yang terdapat sebuah titik hitam. Hampir semua orang, jika ditanya apa yan...more
I write this review several days after the passing of my grandfather, whom, difficult and obstinate at times was always generous and loving with all of his grandchildren. At this particular moment I am rather "stuck" on the small island he lived in for the majority of his life, in a small house atop a canyon... it is here that I began to crave something to read that should take me far away and into another time. On my phones e-book list I found, most happily, Pollyanna. For those of us who love...more
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.
Aine Mccarthy
I had seen the movie years ago but never realised there was even a book until last week! I have to say that I truly loved the book as much as the film. 'Pollyanna' is the story of an orphan girl who moves to a small town in America to live with her wealthy Aunt Polly. Her philosophy of using the 'Glad Game' to see the positive in any negative situation has a transforming effect on many of her neighbours and the residents of the town. Her optimistic attitude isn't received very well at first but...more
Haryadi 'Fathin | Omnduut' Yansyah
Halo teman semua, perkenalkan, namaku Pollyanna Whittier. Usiaku 11 tahun. Izinkan aku bercerita tentang diriku ya :) mungkin kalian kaget karena tiba-tiba mendapati aku berceloteh di rumahnya Yayan ini. Maaf ya kalo mengagetkan ^^ aku mendapatkan izin khusus dari Yayan nih. Katanya, aku boleh bercerita tentang diriku. ”Kamu boleh narsis dan ceritakan semua tentang dirimu, Polly...” sahut Yayan.

Wah senangnya bisa berkenalan dengan teman-teman semua. Begini, aku mau bercerita tentang kehidupanku....more
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 of optimism and the ability to find...more
Monday morning I had some unhappy news and I was feeling like crawling back into bed and just being depressed. But, I didn't want to let my kids down so I went on Librivox.org to find an audiobook to which we could listen. I browsed through the children's books and found Pollyanna and decided that might be one to cheer me up. I had seen the movie many times before and so I knew the basic plot.

Anyway, it turned out to be one of the most wonderful books I've ever read (or listened to). I cried al...more
Oct 14, 2007 Joanna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: negative people
A friend checked this out for me after I used a phrase I heard form my favorite law professor "Pollyanna in hell." I had never read the book, and it was a delight. It brought a simple point home - rejoice, be glad, find the bright side even when it is extremely difficult. It came to me at a tough time, and this I am glad about.
Yomna hosny
Pollyanna deserves a place among literary heroins like "Jane Eyre" and "Matilda". This story about a little orphaned girl who goes to live with her aunt and manages to cheer everyone up and make the whole town fall in love with her is sweet as can be. Really tugs at your heartstrings. I loved it .
Love the movies, love the idea of the story, but wasn't a huge fan of the book itself. That said, there were passages that I adored and "sayings" that were wonderful.
I just couldn't relate to this character. She was such a little Pollyanna.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
It had me crying by the end! I wish I'd read this one sooner, as I'm sure I would have loved it as a kid! A true classic. I'm going to start playing the "glad game," stat!


I love reading classic children's books, for the simple fact of them drawing me into their stories in a way that adult, or even teen books can't seem to manage quite as well. I can lose myself in my childhood again when I pick up an old friend, or a new one that is centered on the story of a child. Children's books...more
I remember my first grade teacher reading this to us, many years ago, but somehow managed to not read this delightful book for myself until just now.

Pollyanna is a little orphaned girl whose favorite game is to find something to be glad about, in every situation. (No doubt her father's invention comes from the exhortation in 1 Thessalonians to "give thanks in all circumstances" and his faith in Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...)

Her optim...more
Someone changing a whole town? You´d think that could be impossible. Well, this book shows how a 12 year old girl gets to give happines back to all those sick and depressed people. Her atittude through out this book, makes you want to change, and transform this dark, and dejected world, into a world of peace, and goodhearted people. Pollyanna, an orfan little girl,gets to live with her rich aunt, and discovers that money is not crucial for living. This girl teaches all her town, the onces taugh...more
Pollyanna was included in a collection of 25 novels I recently downloaded on my Nook. A little daunted by the overall collections 6000+ pages, I decided to start with one of it's shorter novels. Although I have loved reading all my life and devoured books as a kid, somehow I had missed this piece of children's literature. Not sure what to expect (I didn't look up anything on the plot before hand, just that it was a children's book), I started reading.

I loved it. It was refreshing to read a child...more
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...more
Pollyanna has the undeserved reputation of being a boring book with an annoying protagonist that is always happy even when it seems that there really isn't anything to be happy about. I approached it hesitatingly, but ended up loving it. It's the story of a little girl who, after the death of her parents, goes to live with her bitter aunt. Here she will make numerous friends thanks to her cheerful disposition and the ability to find a good side to anything. Pollyanna plays the "glad game", which...more
Daisy Honeywell
Devo ammettere che questo genere di libro è uno dei miei preferiti. I bambini protagonisti di questi libri scritti anni fa sono quasi sempre sicuramente migliori dei protagonisti dei giorni nostri che non hanno quasi mai il coraggio giusto per affrontare le varie situazioni. Comunque sia, all'inizio sono stata un pò perplessa del libro Pollyanna, lo trovavo troppo semplicistico e non capivo dove ' voleva andare a parare', ma adesso sono felice di non aver chiuso il libro perchè lentamente, Elean...more
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