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The story of Pollyanna, the girl of gladness or as later called in the beautifully done anime series from 1986 and recent movie, the girl of love, is a tale of pure wonder that will stay within you forever. This book is for children and grown-ups, for anyone will find the simple beauty of this book, followed by a sequel that was just as wonderful.

After her fathers death, the newly-orphaned ten-year-old Pollyanna moves to Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful Aunt Polly. In this great new house Pollyanna is at first kept sleeping up in the attic room, for Aunt Polly feels that that is enough for her to accomplish her duty. If not for Old Tom and good, kind house-keeper Nancy, Pollyannas stay would have been very dull indeed. Although she never realized it, Pollyanna has a great talent, a great gift for gladness. Just by talking she manages to bring life and joy into the lives of her loved ones, and everyone Pollyanna knows is a loved one as she sees it. Little Pollyanna is one day sent to visit the old invalid woman, Mrs. Snow, her illness keeping her in a gloomy room under old bed-sheets. Mrs. Snow is unhappy and hopeless, but soon Pollyanna cheers the woman up with her usual gladness that seems to be very contagious.

At a very young age, Pollyanna was taught by her father a little game, today known as the Glad Game. Being poor and depending on charities to keep alive, Pollyanna and her father received barrels containing supplies and needed things. Pollyanna had wished that one of these would contain a pretty doll, which never arrived, a pair of crutches arrived instead. Pollyanna had naturally cried, but her father told her that she could be glad that she didnt need them, and thats when the game of finding a silver lining in every cloud began.

The Glad Game was soon known to everyone in the town, from the cross Mr. John Pendelton to the trying-hard-ter-learn-ter-play-it Nancy. Everyone that is, except for good Aunt Polly. For reasons unknown to Pollyanna, Aunt Polly had forbidden the mentioning of her late father and for this, Pollyanna cannot let her know of the game, since Pollyanna is known for taking everything literally.

However, very dark clouds surround the town of Bendinsville when little Pollyanna is hit by a speeding automobile and loses her ability to walk, so dark these clouds are, that not even Pollyanna knows how shell be able to find a silver lining in them. I shall write no more, for the rest is for the reader to discover.

Pollyanna may at first be accused of having similarities to Anne of Green Gables and maybe even Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, but those will only last during the first few chapters, Pollyanna soon changes into a very original (And quite interesting) novel. This book is anything but dull, as a previous reader and reviewer had stated, and you simply cannot make such a remark after only having read the first few chapters. Pollyanna will delight its readers, but its whole wonder cannot be lived until the wonderful sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up is read as well. Its true, when you meet Pollyanna, imagining her all grown up is hard, but although she grew older, she never did really change.

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