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Summary

Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature.

As Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she exclaims, "Oh, Aunt Polly, I don't know how to be glad enough that you let me come to live with you!" And from this point she begins to bring cheer into everybody's life, including the sick, the lonely, and the just plain miserable. All are transformed until one day when something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad anymore.

©1912 Eleanor H. Porter (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • mrs James
  • pontyclun, United Kingdom
  • 24-02-13

pollyanna

I enjoyed this book. The only fault i found was that, the voice of the young were old. which spoilt it a little. It would be difficult to make it any other way

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  • Stephanie
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • 01-12-10

A classic

Although supposedly a child's book, I have much enjoyed this as an adult. Recommended.

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  • teammine
  • 29-10-12

Another Winner!

Somehow in my youth I managed to miss the story of Pollyanna. I had never read the book or seen a movie version. When my children's literature list turned up this gem, we decided to listen to it together. We all loved it!

The story itself is precious. We described it as "Anne of Green Gables meets the Secret Garden and The Railway Children." Pollyanna's difficult situation and her positive take on practically everything actually challenged my thinking and helped me to look at the bright side of things as well.

The story was wonderful, the performance was great, and we all were uplifted by this story. I Highly recommend for kids to adults.

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  • RueRue
  • 25-03-18

Children's classic, but dated

I remember the Disney movie of this story, which is fairly faithful to the book. I liked the narration, but found the story dated and rather cloying. The repetive use of "being glad" became really annoying, although I appreciate the lesson of looking for the good rather than focusing on the negative.

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  • tiffany koehn
  • 13-12-17

Loved it!

Such a refreshing story. Every young girl should read it. Wounderful audio reading as well.

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  • Water
  • 11-09-17

Glad to find it on Audible

The story of Pollyanna is so refreshing and a great reminder for better today and future. No matter what life may bring, we can try to be patient and exercise ourselves to think better, be empathetic.
I'm glad I got to find this book, Pollyanna on Audible.

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  • LASF
  • 30-07-17

finally I know for sure!

Disney did a great job retelling this story. but there was one thing that bothered me. now I know!

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  • Ligia
  • 13-09-09

Great audiobook!

This is a great book! My boys (ages 10 and 6) and I truly enjoy listening to the narration!

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  • snarky
  • 05-07-18

Better than I even thought it would be

I grew up loving the Disney movie and, of course, expected the book to be somewhat different. It was so much better than I ever expected. My older kids, who had decided to hate it, ended up loving it and not wanting to miss any. The characters are interesting and there is so much good to learn from this book! It is definitely a classic that should be read by everyone.

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  • Lori
  • 19-06-18

Glad Tidings

Pollyanna is an old favorite as a movie but a new favorite as a book. A must read, you will be glad you did!

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  • Christina Hernandez
  • 04-06-18

Precious

What a delightful and uplifting story. may we all learn to play the game Pollyanna inspired all to play, to be glad in all things. this is a great read aloud for all ages.

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  • MARIA
  • 21-03-18

Appreciate what God has given you

How tender and close to God’s heart this book made me it showed me how to complain less and be thankful more for all the things we take for granted I wish there would be more authors that wrote this type of innocent books but with a great depth of meaning thank you so much to the author and the wonderful narrator