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Pollyanna (Wordsworth Children's Classics) [Paperback]

Eleanor H. Porter
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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: 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,669 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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Best known for her character Pollyanna, the ""glad child"", mostly wrote novels regarding juvenile behavior. Her works include Cross Currents (1907); Miss Billy (1911); Pollyanna (1913); and Pollyanna Grows Up (1915); Just David (1916). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback 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
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
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
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
A great story for all the family to enjoy. Grown-ups may not be able to put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness in a box 11 Aug 2009
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
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book best ever
I am 11and really enjoyed this book but any one from 9 to 100 would love it to! my mum read it with me and liked it to ( more of a girl's book though) Because it is a novel I... Read more
Published 14 days ago by josie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Lovely sequel to Pollyanna, the glad word is Pollyanna's phrase, so it did not bother me. Worth recommending and a good ending. I am glad I read Pollyanna and the sequel.
Published 1 month ago by Yvette
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial doubts, but warmed to it
Wasn't 100% sure at first, but soon warmed to it. I have a bit of a problem with the resolution, which leaves a loose end that seems to be crying out for a follow up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by eric_cx
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Favourite
I loved this book when I was a nipper and I gave it to a young girl who is reluctant to concentrate on reading as her character is very similar to Pollyanna. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leithlocks
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is an intelligent book, written of a bygone period, of beautifully defined
characters. Maybe an early version of positive thinking - expressed in a most
delightful... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat Flinders
3.0 out of 5 stars Pollyanna grows up and so have I
I revisited the much loved Pollyanna books from my childhood.
I should have left them in my childhood.
Her character that enthralled me as a child I now found irritating
Published 3 months ago by Pat Sandos
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to 'Pollyanna'
I'd read 'Pollyanna' as a child and didn't know there was a sequel until I was browsing the free Kindle books. It's an inspirational story and I really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Recently I have been downloading the kindle classics that I missed out on as a child and this has been one of my favorite so far. Pollyanna is a very likable character. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TinaBartley1990
2.0 out of 5 stars Pollyanna does not grow up.
I felt the style was very twee and very American. I found the switch between Pollyanna as a child and an Adult too sudden. Pollyanna is sickly sweet. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol B Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars another enjoyable classic
following Pollyanna this was another good read. Easy for an adult but just as enjoyable as the prequel, I should have read it when a child but avoided it.
Published 4 months ago by M.L.B.
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