The theme for one of the Goodreads groups that I'm in for this month are books that were made into movies. I've been reading a lot of more in depth books lately by Charles Dickens, Sinclair Lewis. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. I decided to read something a little lighter this time. I chose a children's classic that was made into a Disney move back in 1960 starring Hayley Mills. The book is Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter.
Pollyanna was the daughter of a missionary whose wife (Pollyanna's mother) died when she was young. Her father fell ill and died just before the book begins. She is taken in by her aunt, Miss Polly, who is one of the wealthiest and strictest people in town. Pollyanna would always tell people that she was glad about something. It turns out that it was a game her father taught her in which the object is to whatever situation you're in, think of something to be glad. Miss Polly didn't want Pollyanna to talk about her father around her. So Pollyanna didn't tell Miss Polly about the game, but she told around everybody she met in town about it. One day a car hits Pollyanna and she was paralyzed below the waist. When she heard that she wouldn't ever walk again, she couldn't think of anything to be glad. Then people from all over town came to visit letting Miss Polly how much better they feel because of Pollyanna's game.
That is all I'm going to tell you of the story. Mot of the characters in the movie are in the book. There are different ways that some of the adventures are in the book than the movie.
I enjoyed this book because it emphasizes to look for positive attitudes to have in various situations no matter what how bad it is.
Tim's Rating: *****
(Five out of five stars)