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Pollyanna (Wordsworth Children's Classics) [Paperback]

Eleanor H. Porter
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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27 Oct 1994 Wordsworth Children's Classics
When Polyanna Whittier goes to live with her sour-tempered aunt after her father's death, things seem bad enough, but then a dreadful accident ensues. However, Pollyanna's sunny nature and good humour prove to have an astonishing effect on all around her, and this wonderful tale of how cheerfulness can conquer adversity has remained one of the world's most popular children's books since its first publication in 1913.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (27 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853261459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853261459
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 12.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This entertaining release of a junior classic may revive interest in this once popular novel. - Patricia Austin, Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful new edition of this timeless classic --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 25 July 2006
By Alexa
Format:Paperback
While this book was written quite a long time ago it is still a really good read. Pollyanna will make you smile at the simple sometimes childish way she has of being a perpetual optimist. I still love this book and after reading it I was genuinely surprised to find myself looking at things and finding something there to be 'glad' about.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars childhood revisited 6 Jan 2011
By Moonlit TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the thrills of having a Kindle is the ability to download old childhood favourites for free. This is one I hadn't read and to be honest one which I probably wouldn't have bothered with if it hadn't been free. But it was and I enjoyed it. It is unfortunately very similar to the prequel, Pollyanna. As in Pollyanna there is a crotchety middle aged woman for Pollyanna to win over and similarly there is an orphan boy, Jamie this time rather than Jimmy, to be found a home. One gets the feeling that the author didn't have a great pool of plots from which to fish. That said, this is entertaining and worth reading if you're a fan of the original or of the Anne of Green Gables series. And it costs nothing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to be 99 1 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
This was one of my favourite books as a child and I was amazed on picking it up again recently to notice that it will be 100 years old in 2012. It prompted me to re-read it to see whether it still had its old magic. It did. In spades.

Undoubtedly, there are elements of the book that belong firmly in history (for better or worse). But Pollyanna at 99 still bounds from the page from the outset, her sunny optimism irresistible and the love and hope that she inspires in others quite inspiring. The themes of love and reconciliation and care for neighbours are portrayed in a Christian morality context but the book is not "preachy". It is, undoubtedly very moving in places, but this is balanced with splashes of humour as bright as the prisms that Pollyanna hangs from her window frame. This book should be prescribed reading for anyone who can't remember when they last felt glad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Children's story for Grown-Ups 13 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
A great story for all the family to enjoy. Grown-ups may not be able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness in a box 11 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Do you want to have a tremendous time reading a great novel,
whilst witnessing the happiness-generating power of the "Glad Game" ?

and if you wonder what the glad game is, read on...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the same old Pollyanna 5 Dec 2011
By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having the chance to read old classics again for free is an added bonus of the Kindle. Although Pollyanna as a grown woman is still the same old Pollyanna just taller it is still fun to read the story that used to enchant me as a child. The plot is very similar to the first book, but don't let that stop you from reading this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christian classic 28 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
I assumed before reading this book recently that Pollyanna is a 'hopeless' optimist. Not at all. Her optimism springs from her Christian hope, and it changes many people's lives in the book. If you're a Christian and looking for a good book for your pre-teen/teen girl, this would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 21 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a charming book for children as well as adults. It's also a gentle reminder that children can teach us adults about important things in life as we tend to get tangled in everyday problems. A great read that will leave you looking on the bright side of life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice classical read.
It was a bit too sugary sweet at times, and so only four stars. I did however find the story addictive and read it whenever I travelled to work. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Martin Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really lovely book!
Published 18 days ago by Daniela A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen the film, had to read the book.
The story of a young girl struggling to cope with he heartbreak of becoming an orphan and being shipped off to a less than welcoming aunt. Read more
Published 1 month ago by . Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Pollyanna
Amazing book, heart warming and touching, thought provoking characters, Pulls at the heart strings. Well written and engaging I didn't want to put it down. :)
Published 1 month ago by t.wise
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarmingly inspirational and beautifully written book!
This is such a heartwarming and inspirational book. See. Through the precious innocent eyes of a child. Such a grounding book to read.... Everyone should read it.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ausgodmum
3.0 out of 5 stars A little cloying, but OK
In this sequel we find Pollyanna still a child, fully restored to health (and Gladness) after having, at the end of the first book, lost the use of her legs as the result of an... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie W
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
What a lovely book. I saw the Disney movie many years ago, but I had never read the book until now. It makes you feel like being glad.
Published 2 months ago by Sue 1485
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good read
As ever, a good read. Read way back when I was in school, saw the film, but the book is alway the best.
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Pollyanna & feel better afterwards
Wonderful book with something to learn & enjoy for all ages. It touches every emotion. Recommended for children & adults too.
Published 2 months ago by P A JANE
3.0 out of 5 stars What illustrations?
There aren't any! This book is an old friend of mine, and I was delighted to renew the acquaintance, but I decided to return it and get one which doesn't claim to be illustrated.
Published 3 months ago by Cousin Jennie
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