Book Review: “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter

Oh my goodness, is this a sweet story! I remember watching the movie several times when I was a kid, and while I don’t remember anything that happens (other than I loved Hayley Mills and her white dress), I clearly remember picking the VHS out at the video rental store and being excited about it. But let’s not dwell on how old I am…

Pollyanna is an orphan sent to live with her Aunt Polly, well known for her serious and rather unpleasant demeanor. It doesn’t take long for Pollyanna’s eternal optimism to win her fans all through the little Vermont town, even bringing a little sunshine and happiness into Aunt Polly’s personality. Without understanding the histories of the people she encounters, Pollyanna helps them to “be glad” about things and they are forever changed. Which is great, because something happens where Pollyanna needs some cheering up herself.

This is a great read-aloud for younger kids, with its short chapters and mostly happy and funny scenes. I’d also give it to an advanced reader who may not be quite ready to head into the teen stacks yet. And really, this is for any fan of Little Women  or Anne of Green Gables.

  • Pollyanna
  • by Eleanor H. Porter
  • Puffin Classics, 1994. First published 1912.
  • 269 pages
  • Source: purchased

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