Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up

I've read these two books by Eleanor H. Porter a couple of times. The first book has been adapted into a few film adaptations and a musical, also adapted to film. The most well known is the Disney version starring Hayley Mills, which is actually well done.

The story is a about orphaned Pollyanna. Pollyanna grew up in humble circumstances by her minister father and mother. Her parents were very involved in helping the poor, but also were poor themselves. Pollyanna's father taught her game in which she had to find something to be glad about, especially in disappointing situations. This game gave Pollyanna a perpetually positive point of view about everything.

Pollyanna is sent to live with her spinster Aunt, a wealthy woman who does not put up with any nonsense. Over time the people that Pollyanna meets gradually soften and find things to be glad about. That is until a tragic accident tests even Pollyanna's usually sunny outlook.

In the second book, Pollyanna is grown up. She is sent to Boston where she teaches a new cast of characters about her glad game. Pollyanna also falls in love. The story is sweet and not unexpected.

Book Rating: 5 stars, these two books are great reads for girls.

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