Pollyanna is a children's classic written by Eleanor H. Porter. The title character in the book is an orphan who goes on to live with her wealthy and cold Aunt Polly once her parents passes away. The book centres on the extremely optimistic attitude of Pollyanna, something she calls the "Glad Game". This is an attitude she gets from her father. It first starts when, during Christmas, wishing for a doll in the barrel, Pollyanna and her father finds a pair of crutches. Her father immediately starts the Glad Game, telling her to be pleased about the crutches, because they don't need to use it!
This attitude and her sunny disposition help Pollyanna bring gladness to her Aunt's downhearted town and its people. As the story progresses, the protagonist gets disabled and is unable to walk; this gets her extremely dejected. However, the town's people come to her, telling how she has influenced their lives. This makes her realise she can still be glad that she hasn't lost her legs even though unable to walk. At the end of the story, Aunt Polly marries her former lover Dr. Chilton while Pollyanna gets sent to a hospital where she learns to walk again. Due to the temporary disability, she values the use of her legs more than ever before.
Eleanor H. Porter was an American novelist and short story writer. She mainly wrote adventure stories, children's literature and romance fiction. Pollyanna is her most popular work, and it has been adapted to the silver screen a number of times. She also wrote a sequel to it - Pollyanna Grows Up. Some of her other novels include The Turn of the Tide, The Road to Understanding, Little Pardner etc.
Most of her works are available for online shopping. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN-10 number of 938007087X and ISBN-13 number of 978-9380070872.