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Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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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.
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first 1/3 of the book starts with Pollyanna in about the same place as book 1 ends. Then it suddenly takes a HUGE leap and we meet up with 20 year old Pollyanna, who has to deal with grown-up issues: death in the family, financial issues, how romance can affect friendships, etc. She deals with them all gracefully and continues to use the Glad Game to improve her life and others around her.
All the characters we love from Book 1 are back again, each more grown up than before: Jimmy, Jamie, Sadie, Aunt Polly (she does get a bit morose in the sequel), Mr Pendleton and Nancy.
I love how Eleanore Porter was able to reconcile a grown-up Pollyanna and the Glad Game, not an easy feat. And I must admit, there were several moments that the storyline drove me a bit nuts, but it was because I was eager for resolution to the difficulties Pollyanna faced! While the ending was fairly predictable, I'm a sucker for a happy ending where all loose ends get tied up. Even in its predictability, Ms. Porter gives us a few surprises.
Only wish there was a third 'Pollyanna' book!
IMPORTANT: Due to Amazon having linked the reviews of Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up together, this review covers them both. (The second book review is at the bottom so if you don't want any spoilers only read to the end of the Pollyanna review.)
Boy can that girl talk! It amazes Nancy enough to make her cry, how Pollyanna always sees the positive in things even though Aunt Polly does not give her a warm welcome nor a nice room. Pollyanna has "an overwhelming, unquenchable gladness for everything that has happened or is going to happen". What is one of the first things Pollyanna does? Climbs out the window and down a tree! Who is the Man? How do Pollyanna's visits to the cantankerous Mrs. Snow go? A kitten? Well, if Miss Polly took Pollyanna in then Pollyanna knows that she is definitely going to take the kitten waif! Miss Polly is speechless! (She abhors cats.) Next comes the dog!
Why doesn't Aunt Polly want Pollyanna to take the calf's foot jelly to Mr. Pendleton after he breaks his leg? John Pendleton and Aunt Polly both loved someone years ago. Was it each other? Nancy and Pollyanna thinks so!
This story, whilst truly delightful, is a little too old for young kids with all the talk of lovers. Accents also make it harder for the younger crowd to follow. Great read for young adults and adults. The 'Glad Game' is a great lesson for everyone!
POLLYANNA GROWS UP Review:
Ruth is a widow and miserable although according to her sister she doesn't need to be as there is physically nothing wrong with her. Della declares that what she needs is a dose of Pollyanna! Della had met Pollyanna and her "GLAD" game at the sanatorium when Pollyanna had lost the use of her legs. Even though Pollyanna has the use of her legs back she is still not able to run fast at the beginning of this book. Dr. Chilton is now married to Aunt Polly and the couple are going to Germany for a season so Pollyanna needs a home.
As usual, her new 'patient' Ruth is overwhelmed and often aggravaated by Pollyanna. Finding herself living in the middle of Boston, Pollyanna heads to the local gardens. Never meeting a stranger how does she unknowingly help a man just out of prison by giving him a new perspective? Getting lost poses no real problem to her as she says, "I'm going to be glad I'm lost 'cause it'll be so nice when I get found. I can be GLAD for that!" Actually getting lost turns out to be a blessing. When she finds Jamie, has she found Ruth's long lost nephew?
The beginning of this book sees Pollyanna at age 13-14. Then before Chapter 16 there is a break of 6 years and we next see Pollyanna at the age of 20. Aunt Polly and her are returning to Beldingsville. Sadly the doctor has died and their finances are dire. Jimmy is still around but wondering if Pollyanna sill plays the GLAD game. Pollyanna still believes that she is not pretty and will never marry. She is dreaming of work she can do to help earn money. What opportunity comes her way?
Pollyanna is a breath of fresh air. Yes, she can be a little over the top sometimes but with so much "stuff" going on in the world right now we can all use a dose of Pollyanna! The second book in the series is a delightful read, having a wonderful ending. I purchased both Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
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.