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.