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Pollyanna (Wordsworth Children's Classics) Paperback – 27 Oct 1994


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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: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,902 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 By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2011
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alexa on 25 July 2006
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catananche on 1 Aug. 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marco Adragna on 11 Aug. 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carla B. Radford on 13 Nov. 2009
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A great story for all the family to enjoy. Grown-ups may not be able to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2011
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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 By Amazon Customer on 28 Aug. 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 24 Feb. 2015
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I've always thought of a "Pollyanna" as a sort of dopey, simple, eternally optimistic, blind, illogical doofus, with no firm grip on reality. I think that's more or less the generally accepted meaning of the description now.

Well guess what? The original Pollyanna in this book is a tough, spunky, focused and extremely alert little girl with a strong will and good clear instincts. Her "glad game", which she plays to turn bad news and punishments into good news, is a powerful mechanism for coping with the dismal outlines of her constrained and depressing life situation.

Her spirit and her will to prevail carry her and those she meets to happy and deserved endings.

Like Anne of Green Gables and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Pollyanna is an unjustly neglected and fascinating character, as real and compelling now as in 1913. This is a real find and should not be dismissed out of hand, which is a mistake I would have made had I not resolved to read and fairly weigh everything, even books I assumed were lame. Give this surprising find a try.
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