A Classic of Children s Literature Pollyanna By Eleanor H Porter Pollyanna is a best sellingnovel by Eleanor H Porter that is now considered a classic of children s literature, with the title character s name becoming a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook The book was such a success that Porter soon produced a sequel, Pollyanna Grows UpEleven Pollyanna sequels, known as Glad Books, were later published, most of them written by Elizabeth Borton or Harriet Lummis Smith Further sequels followed, including Pollyanna Plays the Game by Colleen L Reece, published inPollyanna has been adapted for film several times Some of the best known are Disney sversion starring child actress Hayley Mills, who won a special Oscar for the role, and theversion starring Mary Pickford The title character is named Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna, but feels it is her duty to her late sister Pollyanna s philosophy of life centers on what she calls The Glad Game, an optimistic attitude she learned from her father The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna s father taught her to look at the good side of things in this case, to be glad about the crutches because we didn t need to use them With this philosophy, and her own sunny personality and sincere, sympathetic soul, Pollyanna brings so much gladness to her aunt s dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live The Glad Game shields her from her aunt s stern attitude when Aunt Polly puts her in a stuffy attic room without carpets or pictures, she exults at the beautiful view from the high window when she tries to punish her niece for being late to dinner by sentencing her to a meal of bread and milk in the kitchen with the servant Nancy, Pollyanna thanks her rapturously because she likes bread and milk, and she likes Nancy Soon, Pollyanna teaches some of Beldingsville s most troubled inhabitants to play the game as well, from a querulous invalid named Mrs Snow to a miserly bachelor, Mr Pendleton, who lives all alone in a cluttered mansion Aunt Polly, too finding herself helpless before Pollyanna s buoyant refusal to be downcast gradually begins to thaw, although she resists the glad game longer than anyone else Eventually, however, even Pollyanna s robust optimism is put to the test when she gets hit by a car and loses the use of her legs At first she doesn t realize the seriousness of her situation, but her spirits plummet when she is told what happened to her After that, she lies in bed, unable to find anything to be glad about Then the townspeople begin calling at Aunt Polly s house, eager to let Pollyanna know how much her encouragement has improved their lives and Pollyanna decides she can still be glad that she at least has had her legs The novel ends with Aunt Polly marrying her former lover Dr Chilton and Pollyanna being sent to a hospital where she learns to walk again and is able to appreciate the use of her legs far as a result of being temporarily disabled Pollyanna, read when I was in elementary school, is one of the books that helped to form my character The concept of looking for the good in everything, even in events or people that showed no obvious goodness appeared, to my young mind, both a good idea and a challenge First in imitation and later as habit I began to look for the good Recently I received a copy of a college application essay a young friend had written about me, an influential person in her life The characteristic in me Pollyanna, read when I was in elementary school, is one of the books that helped to form my character The concept of looking for the good in everything, even in events or people that showed no obvious goodness appeared, to my young mind, both a good idea and a challenge First in imitation and later as habit I began to look for the good Recently I received a copy of a college application essay a young friend had written about me, an influential person in her life The characteristic in me that she chose to describe was my propensity to find the shining moment s in each day and to hold onto them Pollyanna is still influencing young people through me forty years after I read the book Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comEleven year old Pollyanna has been through such heartache Her mother died a few years ago and now her Minister father has tragically died too The only family she has left is her Aunt Polly who lives in Vermont in a big house on a hill.Polly Harrington is a forty year old wealthy woman who lives alone in a large white house with green shutters In her prime, she was a lovely young woman but over the years she has become stern and arrogant and Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comEleven year old Pollyanna has been through such heartache Her mother died a few years ago and now her Minister father has tragically died too The only family she has left is her Aunt Polly who lives in Vermont in a big house on a hill.Polly Harrington is a forty year old wealthy woman who lives alone in a large white house with green shutters In her prime, she was a lovely young woman but over the years she has become stern and arrogant and likes to be alone She knows it is her duty to take in her niece, though she really doesn t want to.Miss Polly has lots of hired help at her home, including general helper Nancy, Gardener Tom, Driver Timothy, and Miss Durgin the Washer Woman The staff are all looking forward to having a young girl in the house, even if Miss Polly isn t They hope that over time she will bring joy and laughter back to what was once a house full of love and happy families.Pollyanna was written in 1913 by Eleanor H Porter and her name has over the years has come to mean, an excessively cheerful or optimistic person Look it up in a dictionary This is because little Pollyanna named after her two aunts Polly and Anna is always happy and sees the best in people.Even though Pollyanna has been through so much hardship and heartache she is always upbeat and brings joy to the townsfolk who come to adore her That is until a tragic moment and then it s up to the people of the town to remind Pollyanna what an inspirational young girl she is.The book is all about how a little girl who can see the good in every situation even when others can t and that maybe if you look hard enough you can too.I never read this book as a child, though I had known of it and had seen it about Most likely because I tended to stay away from the classics as a child and unfortunately, I have a feeling even today that children prefer newer books than classics like this, which is a shame as they are really missing out.As classics go this was surprisingly easy to read The language is clear and mainly written using words we use today, except for sometimes when Pollyanna spoke That girl also spoke ten to the dozen and at times it felt like she went on and on As with nearly all Alma classic books, this has extra reading material at the back, as well as a quiz and a glossary of terms used back in 1913 This is a beautiful book that I really enjoyed The words just flowed and the plot was so vivid and I felt like I had travelled back in time Pollyanna is an interesting book It was published only four years after Anne of Green Gables, and both stories have a similar storyline a plucky, young girl of eleven or so is orphaned and has nowhere to go Both Pollyanna and Anne struggle with their appearance and both are received in a lackluster way, by new caregivers who aren t sure they really want them.Both girls also work their magic by having a sort of unflagging optimism that turns the stingy hearts of others around them.But, after a Pollyanna is an interesting book It was published only four years after Anne of Green Gables, and both stories have a similar storyline a plucky, young girl of eleven or so is orphaned and has nowhere to go Both Pollyanna and Anne struggle with their appearance and both are received in a lackluster way, by new caregivers who aren t sure they really want them.Both girls also work their magic by having a sort of unflagging optimism that turns the stingy hearts of others around them.But, after about three chapters in, my 11 year old turned to me and said, Mom, did this author copy Anne of Green Gables And, I must admit, I was wondering the same thing There are some differences in the storylines Pollyanna isknown for her optimistic thinking and her Just Be Glad game, where you quickly try to improve negative thinking by using the mindset that you should just be glad that Anne is better known for her poetic proclamations of natural beauty and her imagination.The middle of the story finally won us over, and we stopped making comparisons to Anne, but then the tidy ending irked me and we settled on a 3.5 4.My daughter summed up this middle grades read rather nicely, by saying in her new, prepubescent tone, Mom, I m glad we read it, but Anne of Green Gables is way better than this one Pollyanna is the story of a young, optimistic girl who is tragically orphaned, sent to live with her grumpy Aunt, and ends up changing a town s point of view through her sunny disposition It s supposed to be inspiring In fact, it s probably the idea bud for books like The Power of Positive Thinking.Pollyanna, the eternal optimist, plays the glad game where she always tries to find something to be glad about, no matter how challenging Also, everyone who comes into contact with Pollyanna is h Pollyanna is the story of a young, optimistic girl who is tragically orphaned, sent to live with her grumpy Aunt, and ends up changing a town s point of view through her sunny disposition It s supposed to be inspiring In fact, it s probably the idea bud for books like The Power of Positive Thinking.Pollyanna, the eternal optimist, plays the glad game where she always tries to find something to be glad about, no matter how challenging Also, everyone who comes into contact with Pollyanna is happily inspired by her wonderful, positive outlook and becomes aenlightened person because of it I was only eight years old when I read this book Consequently, I bought this message hook, line and sinker I made it my mission in life to be happy and positive all the time, and tried to have that perfect Pollyanna disposition It s now so ingrained into my psyche, I probably couldn t get rid of it if I tried People still give me ghastly looks sometimes and say, Oh my God, you re always so happy How do you do it Let s face it though, the Pollyanna disposition is a bunch of crap Nothing ispatronizing then to have somebody tell you after your job has been downgraded and your pay cut in half You should be glad you still have a job That maybe true, but that doesn t take away the outrage of having been screwed by your employer.Being positive all the time is like crushing a piece inside of you Sometimes you just want to bitch, grump, and spew a bunch of obscenities Sometimes you re just sad and don t have the energy to try to find the gladness I ll be honest, I loved this book as a child, but I could not read it again It d just piss me off