With its wonderfully infectious good cheer, Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter spawned a real-life ‘Glad’ movement and endures today as a true classic of children’s literature. This elegant Macmillan Collector’s Library edition features an afterword by children’s book critic Imogen Russell Williams.
When her beloved father dies, Pollyanna is sent to live with her strict Aunt Polly in the dour town of Beldingsville, Vermont. Luckily, Pollyanna has the Glad Game – a joyous, warm-hearted exercise where she finds the best in every situation. Whether delighting in the view from her bare attic room, or interpreting her punishment of a meagre supper as a wonderful treat, Pollyanna cannot help but see the best in the world, and inadvertently changes it for the better as she goes.
The next day it was a dog, even dirtier and more forlorn, perhaps, than the kitten and was christened Buffy. Miss Polly again found herself to be on the pedestal of kindness and mercy by Pollyanna.
When, however, Pollyanna brought home a small, ragged boy, and confidently claimed the same protection for
him, Miss Polly could not stal silent anymore!
—from this novel
POLLYANNA is a best selling novel of eminent author Eleanor H. Porter which revolves around an orphaned girl who is always keen to please others and make them glad. The novel powerfully brings to light the sentiments and emotions of a child.
Featuring the youthful adventures of some of fiction’s most beloved heroines, this collection—which includes Pollyanna, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm—proves that, while growing up can be hard, the right attitude makes anything and everything possible.
Though the young ladies in these stories hail from all over the world and all walks of life, they share a common truth: In an ever changing world, the journey from childhood to adulthood can be full of challenges, especially for girls. But as Pollyanna finds happiness in every situation, Mary Lennox coaxes her garden to thrive, the March sisters navigate the pitfalls of love and loss, Anne Shirley conquers the hearts of Avonlea, and Rebecca Randall inspires her family with joy, each iconic character changes her life—and the lives of everyone around them—for the better with hopeful, persistent optimism.
The inspiration for numerous treasured film and TV adaptations, including Netflix’s Anne with an E, these timeless tales have captured the imaginations and hearts of generations of readers. Now collected in one delightful volume, these classic children’s novels will charm and enchant as their spirited heroines embark on the eye-opening adventure of growing up.
'Most generally there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it'
When her father dies, Pollyanna is sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly. She is poor, orphaned and alone but Pollyanna just feels lucky to have an aunt at all. The truth is that her dear father, before he died, taught her a trick for life – the 'Glad Game' – the aim of which is to find the good in every bad situation. Before long, Pollyanna’s sunny outlook has brightened up the whole town. But when a horrible accident occurs can the Game save Pollyanna?
Includes exclusive material: In The Backstory you can test your knowledge of the book and find out if you’re as optimistic as Pollyanna!
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