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Pollyanna | [Eleanor H. Porter]

Pollyanna

Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature. As Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she exclaims, "Oh, Aunt Polly, I don't know how to be glad enough that you let me come to live with you!"
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Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature.

As Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she exclaims, "Oh, Aunt Polly, I don't know how to be glad enough that you let me come to live with you!" And from this point she begins to bring cheer into everybody's life, including the sick, the lonely, and the just plain miserable. All are transformed until one day when something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad anymore.

©1912 Eleanor H. Porter; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Kelly 10-29-12
    Kelly 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a lover of good stories, a mom, a wife, and an educator.

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    "Another Winner!"

    Somehow in my youth I managed to miss the story of Pollyanna. I had never read the book or seen a movie version. When my children's literature list turned up this gem, we decided to listen to it together. We all loved it!

    The story itself is precious. We described it as "Anne of Green Gables meets the Secret Garden and The Railway Children." Pollyanna's difficult situation and her positive take on practically everything actually challenged my thinking and helped me to look at the bright side of things as well.

    The story was wonderful, the performance was great, and we all were uplifted by this story. I Highly recommend for kids to adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ligia Simi Valley, CA, USA 09-13-09
    Ligia Simi Valley, CA, USA 09-13-09
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    "Great audiobook!"

    This is a great book! My boys (ages 10 and 6) and I truly enjoy listening to the narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley G. Artz Indiana 08-13-12
    Kimberley G. Artz Indiana 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Gilberts Girl

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    "Wonderful"
    If you could sum up Pollyanna in three words, what would they be?

    This book is a classic. It is so wonderfully written. Pollyanna sets the best example for all young ladies to follow. She is Wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of S. Patricia Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cried when I thought she would never walk again. And once again, when she did.


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    Rebecca JONESBORO, AR, United States 07-09-12
    Rebecca JONESBORO, AR, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A lovely classic!"
    What did you love best about Pollyanna?

    Pollyanna's so kind and positive; she inspires me to play the glad game!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this story! I love that everyone who meets Pollyanna is changed for the better.


    Which character – as performed by S. Patricia Bailey – was your favorite?

    Pollyanna- a sweet child's voice without being overdone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes- when Aunt Polly is changed for the better, and opens herself to love. And when Pollyanna is able to walk again!


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, love this book! Will be listening to this classic forever!

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    Sharon DPO, AE, United States 11-08-10
    Sharon DPO, AE, United States 11-08-10
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    "Well written and narrated story"

    My twelve year old daughter enjoyed the story and the narration was very good. Now, when someone says, "Don't be such a Pollyanna," she understands. I definitely think this book should be a part of every child's reading experience -- very positive message that even children can make a difference in other people's lives.

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    Laurence bienne, Switzerland 08-01-10
    Laurence bienne, Switzerland 08-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "a must for everyone!"

    this book is fascinating! it was written so long ago, yet we can apply its wisdom everyday :) all kids should read this ... and adults too!

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    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Beware revisiting the joys of youth"

    If you have a hazy but pleasant memory of this book from your childhood it's probably best not to revisit it. Sad to say the burden of 45 extra years from the first experience made me want to assassinate the heroine at a mere 60minutes in. Possibly not a book for today's child as the footnotes would outstrip the narrative.
    It was however very pleasing to note that Pollyanna's aunt did finally get together with the doctor - a fact that escaped me so many years ago.
    It is also an inescapable fact that literary ladies did indulge in a bucket load of plot plagiarism in the good old days but hang it all, toss away the cynicism and fling yourself back to childhood and enjoy.

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    "pollyanna"

    I enjoyed this book. The only fault i found was that, the voice of the young were old. which spoilt it a little. It would be difficult to make it any other way

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  • Stephanie
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    "A classic"

    Although supposedly a child's book, I have much enjoyed this as an adult. Recommended.

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