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Pollyanna (Unabridged Classics) by Eleanor H. Porter (5-Sep-2013) Hardcover Hardcover – 1600
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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
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 :)
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.