Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Eleanor H. Porter

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

Pollyanna is a novel by Eleanor H. Porter. That is a classic of children\'s literature, with the title character\'s name becoming a popular term for someone with the same very optimistic outlook.[1] Also, the subconscious bias towards the positive is often described as the Pollyanna principle. The book was such a success that Porter soon produced a sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up (1915). Eleven more Pollyanna sequels, known as "Glad Books", were later published, most of them written by Elizabeth Borton or Harriet Lummis Smith. Further sequels followed, including Pollyanna Plays the Game by Colleen L. Reece, published in 1997. Plot : The title character is named Pollyanna Whittier, a young orphan who goes to live in the fictional town of Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern and cold spinster Aunt Polly, who does not want to take in Pollyanna but feels it is her duty to her late sister. Pollyanna\'s philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game," an optimistic and positive attitude she learned from her father. The game consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation, no matter how bleak it may be. It originated in an incident one Christmas when Pollyanna, who was hoping for a doll in the missionary barrel, found only a pair of crutches inside. Making the game up on the spot, Pollyanna\'s father taught her to look at the good side of things—in this case, to be glad about the crutches because they didn\'t need to use them. With this philosophy, and her own sunny personality and sincere, sympathetic soul, Pollyanna brings so much gladness to her aunt\'s dispirited New England town that she transforms it into a pleasant place to live.
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Miss Billy Married

Miss Billy Married

Eleanor H. Porter

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

The final entry in Eleanor H. Porter's charming Billy series about a young orphan who finds love and acceptance in the family of her late father's college friend, Miss Billy Married concludes the trilogy with an account of the heroine's first few years as a newlywed. Through the ups and downs—including crossed wires with her new husband, difficulties in the domestic arena, and heartrending struggles with illness—Billy maintains the chipper attitude that has sustained her throughout all of life's difficulties.
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Just David

Just David

Eleanor H. Porter

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.
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Pollyanna Grows Up

Pollyanna Grows Up

Eleanor H. Porter

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

The second book in the “Glad Series”. Pollyanna’s Aunt and new Uncle have received a call for help. Della Wetherby thinks Pollyanna’s joyful spirit is just the Medicine her bitter sister needs. So off Pollyanna sets on a trip to the big city, to make new friends and soften hardened hearts. After her return Pollyanna has to deal with some troubles of her own. Follow Pollyanna as she grows into a beautiful young lady. This story involves some interesting plot twists including the mystery of a missing boy. Illustrated
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Dawn

Dawn

Eleanor H. Porter

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction

"Dawn" by Eleanor H. Porter is the story of a boy, Keith Burton. Keith is the only living son of a widowed, unsuccessful painter, who becomes blind. He is cruelly disappointed that he can\'t fulfill his father\'s dreams for him, yet he eventually learns to live a happy life despite his blindness.
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