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A miraculous story about the power of optimism.

When an orphaned Pollyanna moves in with her maiden aunt, she transforms the lives of everyone she meets with her optimism. She uses the "glad game" her father taught her to appreciate what she has - until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad about it.
Paperback, Complete and Unabridged, 288 pages
Published October 27th 1994 by Puffin Classics (first published 1913)
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Eleven-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 hill.

Polly 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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pollyanna is an interesting book. It was published only four years after Anne of Green Gables, and both stories have a similar storyline: a plucky, young girl of eleven or so is orphaned and has nowhere to go. Both Pollyanna and Anne struggle with their appearance and both are received in a lackluster way, by new caregivers who aren't sure they really want them.

Both girls also work their magic by having a sort of unflagging optimism that turns the stingy hearts of others around them.

But, after a
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 h
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 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
A delightful read.

Pollyanna likes to play the glad game. This was written in 1912 and one of the interesting things is that very concept is a healing concept. It's about shifting our perspective from seeing the wrong, to finding something to be glad about. Gratitude is quite a powerful tool and being positive can bring our lives ease. We had several classes discussing helping people shift their perspective like this to help them heal. From this idea comes the word being a Pollyanna, a goody-goo
Kristina Horner
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 m
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”…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 recentl
Kimber Silver
One of my favorite books when I was a girl.
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
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this as a kid, but the only thing I could remember was the dang calf's foot jelly.... ewwwww

Anyway, everyone knows what Pollyanna is about. It's ok for what it is.

Now here's Petty Betty - one of the character's speech patterns annoyed the heck out of me. The maid, Nancy, had a habit of repeating her last sentence. "I think you must have gone through the roof, I do, I do!" "I ain't going to tell that child, I ain't, I ain't!" It was weird. It was, it was.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Absolutely lovely! Such a sweet book. Highly recommended!
Putri Lita
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this novel and I really excited at all. This is a classic Americans novel which written by Eleanor H. Porter. Since this is a classic novel, so the conflict and the plot of this novel is really naturally come. Although the problem is not too complicated, but we could be carried in the story.

The tittle of this book is from the main character of this novel, Pollyanna. In this story, Pollyanna is an independent and strong child who lost her mother since she was child. Then his father who
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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 de
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Angie Thompson
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 ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nancy Hammons
I was a little annoyed with Pollyanna at times, she just kept talking. But there were parts of this book had me laughing for several hours. Pollyanna and Nancy were talking about names and Pollyanna told about Mrs. Hephzibah White's name, that part was funny. The longer I think about it the more I think if everyone could find the "glad" in any situation the less miserable people would be.
Such a sweet story. I really enjoyed this one.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Ellen Hamilton
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so _GLAD_ I read this! Anyone who read the book will understand the emphasis on "glad".😂 This book was really good. It makes you laugh and cry, and also think about the different things you yourself can be glad about. It is a gift to be able to see or find the positive side of things, especially when you're down on your luck.

My first thoughts were: Nancy iso funny and loveable, and Old Tom's got a good sense of humour, according to this: "Why don't ye tell me the sun is a-goin' ter set in t
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
Bluetiful Hadeel
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Choose to be "glad" and you will. Happiness comes within. Don't look for badness, troubles, Gossips... etc. Just be happy and spread happiness wherever you go.
Pollyanna did that and you can do the same (if you want it, put your mind into it).
My second Audiobook. amazing narration through Youtube / Greatest Audiobooks narrated by @thestorygirl.

I have read the story years ago and watched different versions of the movie and still, it felt like the first time.

Have a happy day ahead :)
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this is written more for younger children and I do think it is a story they would enjoy most. I grew up watching the Disney movie and while it is good, they show Pollyanna sneaking around. In this book, many will probably think she is too good to be true, but I think she is wonderful. This is a story about finding the good in the middle of life's hardships. It is a good reminder for me.

Note: I'm using this concept book as the inspiration for an upcoming novella. Stay tuned.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
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.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deyanne by: Christine
How can I not find a book enchanting that I read while sitting next to an eight year old granddaughter as we took turns reading every other page? She giggled; she sighed; and she told me to read faster so that she would know what was going to happen. I'm grateful that my granddaughter and I can now reference the "game" as she advances through the challenges of maturing and learning. All of us have or will deal with someone "crusty" and "worn" during our lives. Pollyanna certainly had an optimist ...more
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Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter (December 19, 1868 – May 21, 1920) was an American novelist.She was born as Eleanor Emily Hodgman in Littleton, New Hampshire on December 19, 1868, the daughter of Llewella French (née Woolson) and Francis Fletcher Hodgman. She was trained as a singer, attending New England Conservatory for several years. In 1892, she married John Lyman Porter and relocated to Massachu ...more

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