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Pollyanna [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Eleanor H. Porter , Neil Reed
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)

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Book Description

February 1, 1996 9 - 11 years3 - 7
As soon as Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she begins to brighten up everybody's life. The 'glad game' she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the sick, the lonely and the plain miserable - until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad about it.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Unloved and unwanted, orphan Pollyanna Whittier boards an eastbound train to live with her Aunt Polly, a wealthy spinster. Aunt Polly treats the child insensitively, giving her a musty room in the attic and expecting her to keep quiet and stay out of the way. Pollyanna, with her optimistic outlook on life, turns all the lemons thrown her way into lemonade; punishments are viewed as rewards, unfriendly people in town are befriended. Pollyanna's "Glad Game" is soon played by all the people of the town. A terrible accident with a motor car as she is crossing the street finally breaks Pollyanna's spirit. When long-held secrets are finally revealed, even Aunt Polly comes around to warming up not only to her niece, but to a relationship she had long denied herself. This recording is based on the book by Eleanor H. Porter, originally published in 1913. It remains a charming, albeit old-fashioned, classic. Barbara Caruso's narration is faithful to the text, with a few minor changes sprinkled throughout. Caruso makes use of vocal inflections to differentiate characters. There is no background music or sound effects to distract listeners. Comparable in quality to Pollyanna read by S. Patricia Bailey (Blackstone Audiobooks, 1996), this recording is preferable to the same title available from Chivers (1995).-Stephanie Bange, Dayton & Montgomery County Public Library, OH

Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Life couldn’t be much worse for Pollyanna Whittier after her father dies and she is sent to live with stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna carries on as her father would have wanted her to, looking for the best, even in bad situations. Lefkow imbues this timeless 1913 classic with a turn-of-the-century flair yet wisely eschews a saccharine portrayal of the bubbly and adventurous Pollyanna. Lefkow’s reading embraces the characters as she varies her tones to indicate changes in their personalities. Cheerful Pollyanna softens gruff John Pendleton, cantankerous and demanding Mrs. Snow, and frosty Aunt Polly. Piano interludes punctuate chapter endings. This entertaining release of a junior classic may revive interest in this once popular novel. Grades 3-6. --Patricia Austin --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140366822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140366822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and sweet!!! November 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love this book!!!! It's just as good as the first one. My sixteen-year-old older sister kept this treasured book in her shelf and urged me constantly to read it. I brushed her off saying that I didn't have time and that it looked boring. One day, I had nothing to do so i picked up the well worn book and began reading. Surprise! I couldn't put it down. Not because it was exciting or suspenceful, but simply because it's one of those feel-good, sweet and uplifting books. On first examanation it doesn't seem deep or like it would have something important to teach, but after a closer look you find what a beautiful message it has to share. A girl, who with her kindness and ever cheerful outlook on her surprisingly hard life, make her a role model for any one. This is a perfect book for any girl who likes a delightful story and a sweet romance. I aggree with the other reviewer about Aunt Polly. She is quite exaperating, but the other wonderful charatures make up for it and she keeps it interesting. So, get a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle down by a warm fire with this book and be prepared for a wonderful time!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully charming classic! July 3, 2005
Format:Paperback
The story of Pollyanna, the girl of gladness or as later called in the beautifully done anime series from 1986, the girl of love, is a tale of pure wonder that will stay within you forever. This book is for children and grown-ups, for anyone will find the simple beauty of this book, followed by a sequel that was just as wonderful.

After her father's death, the newly-orphaned ten-year-old Pollyanna moves to Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful Aunt Polly. In this great new house Pollyanna is at first kept sleeping up in the attic room, for Aunt Polly feels that that is enough for her to accomplish her 'duty.' If not for Old Tom and good, kind house-keeper Nancy, Pollyanna's stay would have been very dull indeed. Although she never realized it, Pollyanna has a great talent, a great gift for gladness. Just by talking she manages to bring life and joy into the lives of her loved ones, and everyone Pollyanna knows is a 'loved one' as she sees it. Little Pollyanna is one day sent to visit the old invalid woman, Mrs. Snow, her illness keeping her in a gloomy room under old bed-sheets. Mrs. Snow is unhappy and hopeless, but soon Pollyanna cheers the woman up with her usual gladness that seems to be very contagious.

At a very young age, Pollyanna was taught by her father a little game, today known as the 'Glad Game.' Being poor and depending on charities to keep alive, Pollyanna and her father received barrels containing supplies and needed things. Pollyanna had wished that one of these would contain a pretty doll, which never arrived, a pair of crutches arrived instead. Pollyanna had naturally cried, but her father told her that she could be 'glad' that she didn't 'need' them, and that's when the game of finding a silver lining in every cloud began.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel! July 4, 2005
Format:Paperback
"Pollyanna Grows Up" is the sequel to the 1912 classic, Pollyanna and it is surprisingly just as wonderful as the first. Eleanor H. Porter mantained all the magic of the original novel in this very exciting continuation which takes us far away from our well known town of Beldinsville to the grand City of Boston, where little Miss Pollyanna Whittier arrives to cheer up some new friends.

Fully recovered from her previous automobile accident, Pollyanna returns once again to the city of Boston, in request of her kind nurse, Della Wetherby. This last has a sister by the name of Ruth Carew, who is miserable and depressed as a consequence of a great loss, a young nephew by the name of Jamie who was taken away by his father, the woman's brother-in-law and who was never seen again. Della Wetherby's sorrow was just as grand, but her career as a nurse allows her to forget, while Ruth Carew lives alone in her big house in Commonwealth Avenue with nothing else she does or wants to do but to think of the lost Jamie. However, with her visit, Pollyanna soon changes things around, at first driving Mrs. Carew mad but soon she enters her heart.

Pollyanna finds a lot of new friends in Boston, beginning with the servants in Mrs. Carew's own home, Jerry, a young newspaper selling boy, Jamie, a crippled boy who Pollyanna is sure is the lost "Jamie," and Sadie Dean, a homeless working young girl. In Boston Pollyanna spends most of her time trying to locate Jamie, in desperate hope to please Mrs. Carew, but of this I shall say no more, the surprise twist is for the very reader to discover on his or her own.

The second part of the book may not arrive too welcomed by some readers, like Jimmy 'Bean' Pendenton stated, we readers weren't ready to see little Pollyanna grow up.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity, Optimism and Joy June 9, 2000
By Charity
Format:Hardcover
I first read this book more than twenty years ago and recently found my thoughts returning to it as I pondered what's available today for my own daughter. Pollyanna is simple by today's standards, but contains the kind of genuine optimism and morality that our children sorely need. Author Eleanor Porter passed away in 1920 after writing a couple of sequels, but the remainder of the books in the series--there are eleven altogether, most out of print--are treasures. Your child will enjoy reading about the excitement of Pollyanna's adventures in such different times (in Pollyanna's Western Adventure, Pollyanna's is one of the first families with a "radio set") and you can enjoy the discussions that ensue as your child asks for explanations of life in the teens and twenties. If you enjoyed the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will love these. Classic american childhood fare.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story. Very uplifting.
A delightful story about love and loving life even through challenges. A good reminder to look for good in everything.
Published 2 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pollyanna REALLY Grows Up!
We read the sequels to 'Five Little Peppers'.
We read the sequel to 'Heidi'.
None of them really grew up.
But Pollyanna does! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Brazytis Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, just excellent!!!
I chose to pick the five-star rating because this book was so beautifully written. This is definitely one of my favorite books, among the hundreds of books I've read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful way to live
Playing the "game" would be a benefit to everyone. What a wonderful way to live. Love the message of this book.
Published 4 days ago by Sharon Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars So that's what happened to Polyanna!
This is a cute story that follows the original Ployanna. It is a lovely easy read for all ages. My Kindle is the better for having a copy on it.
Published 9 days ago by M. Akers
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Still Relevant
This story has stood the test of time! It would be wonderful to see "The Glad Game" replace video games as America's greatest pastime :-) If you haven't read this book,... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jade stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, sweet story
What a grew feel-good story! I liked it so much I ordered the second book, where Pollyanna is an adult. Read more
Published 12 days ago by S.G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like before!
"Pollyanna Grows Up" was like meeting a long-lost friend again! I was really excited to discover this morning that a sequel to one of my favourite books as a child existed! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Meshaay
5.0 out of 5 stars really nice!
I found an old grade school journal in which I had stated that 'Pollyanna' was my favorite movie and I still like it now that I'm much, much older (not getting social security yet,... Read more
Published 19 days ago by cc
5.0 out of 5 stars Pollyanna
This is a very delightful book which demonstrates how one little girl can affect the lives of so many people with just a glad attitude.
Published 19 days ago by Carol Barnett
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