Pollyanna Paperback – December 17, 2011
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About the Author
Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother's Song, and Thank You for Me! She has recently retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at mariondanebauer.com.
- Publisher : Empire Books (December 17, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619491370
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619491373
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 870L
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With that out of the way, this book is snort-through-your-nose funny, and so very charming. The many characters Pollyanna meets throughout her small town are appealingly drawn - even the cranky ones - and Pollyanna's effect on everyone is magical. Whenever I give it a read, I find myself playing The Glad Game in my own life. For a cynical woman like me, that's quite the shift!
It would make a perfect read-aloud with your kids except for the unfortunately frequent use of "she ejaculated" to mean "she cried" or "she exclaimed." It would be easy enough to pick another word to read in that one's place.
I never read this as a child, although I’m pretty sure that if I had known it was a book, I would have begged for a copy of my very own. When this first came out as a movie, my father took me to see it, just the two of us – a rare event.
I loved the simplicity of her view of life, in general, and particularly in finding joy in the smallest things, echoing the teachings of her recently passed father, who was a minister. He’d shared some of his beliefs with her during his life, chief among them was “the rejoicing texts”--’Be glad in the Lord,’ or ‘Rejoice greatly,’ or ‘Shout for joy,’ and all that, you know—such a lot of ‘em.”
And in her sweetly inspirational in the “and a child shall lead them” kind of way, she mentions that he told her:
”…if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it—SOME.”
We began reading this Kindle version of the book. About halfway thru I stumbled over a printed version which included pictures. I asked her if the pictures were what she had thought the characters looked. She said no, I smiled - thinking, hoping, she has taken a step into the world of reading.
We are now reading the Kindle version of the second of Porter's books "Pollyanna Grows Up". I asked her if we should get a version with pictures and she replied "No, this is more fun", and I smiled taking that as a sign of of another step into into the world of reading.
For a second grader she is pretty shrewd, I think she gets that from her Mom, who certainly didn't get it from her Dad :)
I was so delighted to finish reading this book on line! Such a fine inspiring tale that all children should either read this book or have it read to them. Thank you to the wonderful people who put this book on line.
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All I can say is I'm so GLAD I did!!! What an absolutely delightful story. I'm a pretty positive person so I can see why this story has come to my attention, but the little girl in this book just comes alive through the pages. You can picture her bounding around full of energy and appreciation for life.
Reading it truly does make you aware of how much we all have to appreciate in life and in all honesty, I never wanted this book to end! Just lovely!