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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic story shows the power of positive thinking.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
It's good. The glad game is a good thing to learn about. Pollyanna is very cheerful and happy. She tries to make others glad. By the end of the book almost everyone was playing the glad game.

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age 9+

Pollyanna and the Glad Game

I decided to buy the book when I feel like I need some motivation in my life. I read the reviews and bought Pollyanna book. I'm glad that I chose the right book to motivate me. The Glad Game and Pollyanna's positivity really opens my mind to become more optimist on my life. It's such a good book. Read it!

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7 ):

Published just before the beginning of World War I, this novel can seem old-fashioned today, but it still charms readers who enjoy older literature. Its kindly philosophy can still inspire, and youngsters will be delighted by a child who has so much to teach adults. Though the name "Pollyanna" has become associated with someone who is cloyingly optimistic, the character is quite a courageous and resourceful girl. Her positive outlook is deliberate, hard-won, and ultimately transformative, for the characters in the book and, potentially, for readers. What keeps the novel Pollyanna fresh is cute innocent details, like the way Pollyanna thinks Mr. Pendleton has a real "skeleton in his closet," and her fascination with the way light shining through a prism makes a rainbow.

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