About the Book
One of the all-time classics of children’s literature, Pollyanna is a feel-good book full of enthusiasm and exuberance. A perfect family read with a foreword by award-winning children's author and 2001-3 Children's Laureate Anne Fine.
When Pollyanna Whittier’s father dies she is sent to live with her Aunt Polly in Beldingsville in Vermont. A clash of personalities ensues as Pollyanna’s sunny disposition sits ill with her aunt’s need for quiet, her passion for shutting windows and her obsession with quietly shut doors.
The key to Pollyanna’s happiness is The Glad Game. No matter how dark the situation it is always possible to find something to be glad about. A bread and milk supper in the kitchen is greeted with rapture; a puritan attic bedroom with sparse furnishing is seen as valued for its rapturous views – better than any decoration could ever be.
As Pollyanna becomes acquainted with other inhabitants of the town, her infectious personality continues to spread: one by one, the cantankerous residents fall victim to her charms: Mrs Snow and Mr Pendleton being the hardest cases to crack.
However, the arrival of a motor car in town heralds a tragic change in Pollyanna’s life which not even Pollyanna looks likely to be able to overcome.
'An enchanting story, stuffed with richly delineated characters...It is no accident that this book, first published in America over a hundred years ago, has become such a much-loved classic' Anne Fine, former Children's Laureate