by Eleanor H. Porter


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When orphaned Pollyanna Whittier comes to live with her stern maiden aunt, she not only manages to spread her perpetual cheerfulness and optimism among the miserable people of the town, she also transforms the life of her lonely relative. Pollyanna was made into a Broadway play and a popular motion picture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486432069
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Series: Dover Children's Evergreen Classics Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 164,022
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

American novelist Eleanor H. Porter (1868–1920) is best known for her hugely popular novel

Pollyanna, which was a bestseller during her lifetime and has now become a children's classic.

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Chapter One

Miss Polly

Miss Polly Harrington entered her kitchen a little hurriedly this June morning. Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner. But today she was hurrying actually hurrying.

Nancy, washing dishes at the sink, looked up in surprise. Nancy had been working for Miss Polly's kitchen only two months, but already she knew that her mistress did not usually hurry.


"Yes, ma'am." Nancy answered cheerfully, but she still continued wiping the pitcher in her hand.

"Nancy" -- Miss Polly's voice was very stem now"when I'm talking to you, I wish you to stop your work and listen to what I have to say."

Nancy flushed miserably. She set the pitcher down at once, with the cloth still about it, thereby nearly tipping it over-which did not add to her composure.

"Yes, ma'am. I will, ma'am," she stammered, righting the pitcher, and turning hastily. "I was only keepin' on with my work 'cause you specially told me this momin' ter hurry with my dishes, ye know."

Her mistress frowned.

"That will do, Nancy. I did not ask for explanations. I asked for your attention."

"Yes, ma'am." Nancy stifled a sigh. She was wondering if ever in any way she could please this woman. Nancy had never "worked out" before. But a sick mother, suddenly widowed and left with three younger children besides Nancy herself, had forced the girl into doing something toward their support, and she had been so pleased when she found a place in the kitchen of the great house on the hill -- Nancy had come from "The Comers," six miles away, and she knew MissPolly Harrington only as the mistress of the old Harrington homestead, and one of the wealthiest residents of the town. That was two months before. She knew Miss Polly now as a stem, severe-faced woman who frowned if a knife clattered to the floor, or if a door banged-but who never thought to smile even when knives and doors were still.

"When you've finished your morning work, Nancy," Miss Polly was saying now, "you may dear the little room at the head of the stairs in the attic, and make up the cot bed. Sweep the room and clean it, of course, after you clear out the trunks and boxes."

"Yes, ma'am. And where shall I put the things, please, that I take out?"

"In the front attic." Miss Polly hesitated, then went on: "I suppose I may as well tell you now, Nancy. My niece, Miss Pollyanna Whittier, is coming to live with me. She is eleven years old, and will sleep in that room."

"A little girl -- coming here, Miss Harrington? Oh, won't that be nice!" cried Nancy, thinking of the sunshine her own little sisters made in the home at "The Comers."

"Nice? Well, that isn't exactly the word I should use," rejoined Miss Polly stiffly. "However, I intend to make the best of it, of course. I am a good woman, I hope, and I know my duty"

Nancy colored hotly,

"Of course, ma'am. It was only that I thought a little girl here might-might brighten things up-for you, " she faltered.

,,"Thank you," rejoined the lady dryly. "I can't say, however, that I see any immediate need for that."

"But, of course, you-you'd want her, your sister's

child," ventured Nancy, vaguely feeling that somehow shemust prepare a welcome for this lonely little stranger.

Miss Polly lifted her chin haughtily.

"Well, really, Nancy, just because I happened to have a sister who was silly enough to marry and bring unnecessary children into a world that was already quite full enough, I can't see how I should particularly want to have the care of them myself. However, as I said before, I hope I know my duty. See that you clean the comers, Nancy," she finished sharply, as she left the room.

"Yes, ma'am," sighed Nancy, picking up the half-dried pitcher-now so cold it must be rinsed again.

In her own room Miss Polly took out once more the letter which she had received two days before from the faraway Western town, and which had been so unpleasant a surprise to her. The letter was addressed to Miss Polly Harrington, Beldingsville, Vermont, and it read as follows:

"Dear Madam: I regret to inform you that the Reverend John Whittier died two weeks ago, leaving one child, a girl eleven years old. He left practically nothing else save a few books; for, as you doubtless know, he was the pastor of this small mission church, and had a very meager salary.

"I believe he was your deceased sister's husband, but he gave me to understand the families were not on the best of terms. He thought, however, that for your sister's sake you might wish to take the child and bring her up among her own people in the East. Hence I am writing to you.

"The little girl will be all ready to start by the time you get this letter; and if you can take her, we would appreciate it very much if you would write that she might come at once, as there is a man and his wife here who are going...

Pollyanna Book and Charm. Copyright © by Eleanor Porter. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

1. Miss Polly 1
2. Old Tom and Nancy 6
3. The Coming of Pollyanna 10
4. The Little Attic Room 17
5. The Game 25
6. A Question of Duty 30
7. Pollyanna and Punishments 38
8. Pollyanna Pays a Visit 44
9. Which Tells of the Man 53
10. A Surprise for Mrs. Snow 57
11. Introducing Jimmy 66
12. Before the Ladies' Aid 75
13. In Pendleton Woods 79
14. Just a Matter of Jelly 85
15. Dr. Chilton 90
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16. A Red Rose and a Lace Shawl 99
17. «Just Like a Book" 106
18. Prisms 112
19. Which Is Somewhat Surprising 117
20. Which Is More Surprising 121
21. A Question Answered 127
22. Sermons and Woodboxes 133
23. An Accident 140
24. John Pendleton 146
25. A Waiting Game 153
26. A Door Ajar 158
27. Two Visits 161
28. The Game and Its Players 168
29. Through an Open Window 180
30. Jimmy Takes the Helm 185
31. ANew Uncle 188
32. Which Is a Letter from Pollyanna 190

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Pollyanna 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Jo_RH_Book_Worm More than 1 year ago
I had just seen the movie of this book and thought it was so cute. Its about poor orphaned Pollyanna who moves in with her up-tight spinster aunt who feel its only her "duty" to have Pollyanna. The more pollyanna goes into the town, the more she brings by introducing everyone to caring, fun, and energetic personality and showing every situationn has a silver lining by her "glad game". But just as Pollyanna brings the most that she can-a traumatic accident hits that not even Pollyanna can find joy in. You will laugh, cry, and look at the world through all new eyes after falling in love with Pollyanna.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Pollyanna' is a great book. I gave this book 5 star because it has big prints for kids who have difficulty reading small prints and the pictures are really pretty!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 years old and love reading classics. I have read this book as an ebook and have also got from the library. I have read this book so many times and I can't get enough of this truly moving story! I recommend this to anyone who likes a powerful moving story. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read for all ages
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Eleven-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
rturba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic/Historical FictionReview: This is a great example of realistic fiction. The main character Pollyanna draws you into the story and makes you believe in her world. You quickly understand the time and setting of the book and the plot is very believable.
MissBoyer3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are many classics that I did not read as a child. Treasure Island, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days, and Little Women are but a few.However, I vow to systematically read these treasures in the next few months. Today I read Pollyanna.Published in 1913, this gem stands the test of time. It is delightfully sappy, corny and wonderfully filled with old fashioned fun.Pollyanna is an orphan whose father left her with the wonderful gift of optimism and the ability to find something to be glad about even in the most difficult situations.When chatty, gregarious Pollyanna is taken in by her stern, hardened Aunt Polly, magic occurs. Not only is Aunt Polly changed, but the entire town is transformed as well.If you haven't read this classic, I recommend you do so! Grab a pair of rose colored glasses, a cup of sugared hot chocolate, a sprinkling of holiday cheer and be prepared to smile.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pollyanna is that joyful book character that we never find in contemporary children¿s literature. It was so refreshing to read this old story and revel in her ability to play the Glad Game, to find something good in any situation, and to see how this ability changed the lives of all who were around her. Pollyanna, to my surprise, was not the priggish, bamby-pamby, goody-goody-two-shoes I¿d been led to believe she was. Instead she was a real girl who actually put into action the ideas of joy and service to others in her everyday life. A delightful read.
ctpress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Orphaned Pollyanna is a very bright and cheerful girl who are sent to live with her cold and reserved aunt. Throughout the novel she plays "the glad game" - always finding something positive in the most unhappy circumstances - and she befriends several persons and helps them while the aunt is kept completely in the dark. Her "glad game" comes to a difficult personal test in the last part of the story.It reminded me a lot both in story line and spirit of Heidi and Little Lord Fauntleroy - also both children who have a very innocent and gullible nature - thinking always the best of people. I liked this american Children's classic a lot. The audiobook was read by S. Patricia Bailey - with just the right innocent voice for Pollyanna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He closed the door behind him and walked over to his bed. "I honestly don't know how se<_>x works when you're already pregnant." James shifted over her with his knees at her hips d his hands next to her ears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you mean to tell me that there are two james. People can tell us apart if i rate all my rps with one star but you allways rate it with five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book soooooooooo much! Its so good. Its great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely book for readers of all ages! ~*~LEB~*~
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"I was just waiting for your promission before I started." He whispered against her lips, his hands still pressed against her shoulders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book i liked it 5 stars for the book:0 for your rude commet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If U like this book u would soooooooo like Hattie Big Sky,:);)<3
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And loved it! I want more!
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I loved the movie
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It is also a very inspiring story. You should see the movie if you have not. I highly recommend this book(and the movie)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant miss this grear classic! When you finnish it read Pollyanna Grows Up read both of these read alooud with a parent if you r age 6 7 8&bull;
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