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by Eleanor H. Porter

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When orphaned Pollyanna Whittier comes to live with her stern maiden aunt, the entire town of Beldingsville is affected by the bubbly nature of this lively eleven-year-old. Not only is she perpetually cheerful, she also brightens the lives of everyone she meets. How does Pollyanna manage to be so eternally optimistic? How does she spread her bright outlook among the


When orphaned Pollyanna Whittier comes to live with her stern maiden aunt, the entire town of Beldingsville is affected by the bubbly nature of this lively eleven-year-old. Not only is she perpetually cheerful, she also brightens the lives of everyone she meets. How does Pollyanna manage to be so eternally optimistic? How does she spread her bright outlook among the sick, sad, and abrasive people of the town and transform the life of her lonely aunt? It's the "glad game," she says, describing the antidote to hardship and depressed spirits. But in a serious accident, the town almost loses its "Glad Girl," and everyone looks for a way to make this youngster happy again. Translated into a number of languages since its original publication in 1913, Pollyanna has been made into a Broadway play, as well as a popular motion picture starring Hayley Mills. One of the best-loved stories for children of all time, this classic -- along with its spirited heroine -- will inspire readers for years to come.

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"The classic tale of a glad-hearted little orphan girl whose positive take on the most adverse circumstance is a lesson for us all." - Sunday Times

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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.

Meet the Author

Eleanor H. Porter was born in New Hampshire in 1868. As a young woman she trained as a singer but after marrying in 1892 she turned to writing. During the course of her career she wrote many novels for children and adults, but her most famous book was Pollyanna. ‘Glad Clubs’ sprang up across America and the book was made into a Broadway show and a Hollywood movie, adding to the enormous popularity of Porter’s famously sunny character. As a result, Porter was a commercially successful and popular writer during her lifetime. She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1920.

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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
Pollyanna Whittier is a young girl. Her mother, Jenny Whittier, already died, and her father has recently died as well. Now that she is an orphan, she is sent to go live with her strict, and rich, Aunt Polly. Pollyanna soon does most of the things anticipated by her aunt. When she is running errands in the town, she changes the lives of villagers. As she interacts with the townspeople, she meets a mysterious man named Mr. John Pendleton. After days of trying to get him to say hi and talk with her, one day he asks a lot of questions and they get to know each other throughout the book. She brings him to safety and calls Doctor Chilton. Very soon after that happens, Pollyanna herself mistakenly believed that she could run across the road before the oncoming motorcycle zoomed by. Very, very, unfortunately, she did not make it in time. She is rushed home and the doctor is immediately called. Tragically, Pollyanna finds out that she can not walk ever again in whole her life. Miraculously, Dr. Chilton knows another doctor in the city that can actually fix Pollyanna¿s legs. Her Aunt Polly tells her that Doctor Chilton and she used to be engaged but somehow got in a fight and never talked to each other for 7 years. Now that Pollyanna is in the hospital getting her legs repaired, she must stay there for a couple more months. Finally, Aunt Polly and Dr. Chilton get married right in the hospital!
Pollyanna is one the brightest girls I have ever heard about! She is so thoughtful of others. The genre was historical fiction and I don¿t like historical fiction. But to my surprise, the book was so touching, that it made me want to read it all over again! I am sure my mom would love to read this book because she is easily touched by these types of stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read for all ages
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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
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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)
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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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Loved the movie.....a classic......i cant wait to read the book MISTY
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TrixieBelden92 More than 1 year ago
Great book, I read it in school .very touching. I think every child should read it . It is one of my favorite clasics.