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Daddy-Long-Legs [Kindle Edition]

Jean Webster
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Selected as a Notable Children's Recording in 1989 by the American Library Association. --American Library Association

About the Author

Alice Jane Chandler Webster wrote under the pseudonym of Jean Webster. She was an American author and wrote many books. Besides writing short stories, she also wrote stage-adaptations of her novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 262 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJD63K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,944 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic January 3, 2013
By LVilla
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Something about this book just pulled me in and wouldn't let me out; I couldn't wait for Jerusha to figure out what I knew. I loved her spunk, her honesty, her voice. That I would be so enamored of a book that's no more than a set of one-way letters was an utter surprise to me; I guess I feared that it would be boring. Instead, I found it to be exciting and interesting....and a little voyeuristic, actually, because I felt like I really was reading someone's letters.

What was especially interesting to me, though, was the difference between the world in which this book was written, and the world in which I live. Women's rights were still uncertain, yet here is a heroine who finds he independence, who dares to defy her benefactor and dreams of all of the things she might be one day.

I've read that there are some who criticize the fairy-tale ending; I'm a grown woman - married, with a career - and I loved it. I don't read romances or wish on stars, but a little happy ending never hurt anyone.

Read it. You won't be sorry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Daddy-Long-Legs!! June 23, 2013
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Somehow I'd managed to reach my sixth decade of life without having read this book, although I had intended to from my early years. Now, having read it, I can only say that I loved the story from beginning to end, and can find no fault! My daughters are horrified to learn that I have only just read it, and my grand-daughters have already enjoyed the book at 14 and 11 years of age. Yet we are all agreed, despite the wide disparity in our ages, that it ticks all the boxes for those of the female gender!!

Largely written in the form of letters from a lonely orphaned girl to her male benefactor, and reflecting times past, the heroine's trials, tribulations, hopes and fears seem as relevant today as when it was written. Her thoughts and feelings are revealed as she makes her journey through school and college towards employment and love. But, fear not, this story is no 'sloppy' romance - our heroine shows herself to be both feisty and funny!

A truly delightful read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is set mostly in the form of letters written by Jerusha (Judy) Abbott to her unknown benefactor, a trustee of the orphan asylum where she was brought up. We follow Judy’s introduction to the world outside the orphanage where she spent the first seventeen years of her life, when she is offered the opportunity to attend college for four years, at the expense of this anonymous, philanthropic trustee.

Apart from Judy herself, a lovable character with a tendency to react impulsively, the strength of this book lies in the delightful descriptions of the joys and trials of everyday life from the perspective of a young woman experiencing for the first time the kind of life most people take for granted.

If you liked books like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, Little Women, and A Girl of the Limberlost, you should enjoy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy Long Legs November 17, 2012
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I thought this was a gentle, charming read. Reading letters from this girl was a great way to see her grow up. I loved her appreciation of the ordinary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite from teenage years April 30, 2014
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Set in early 1900s. Story of an orphan girl who is sponsored by an anonymous benefactor to go to college. Only requirement is that she send him monthly status reports. Feel good book that is well worth a re-read. Good book for any age.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book not complete November 11, 2012
By Al
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The book is very nice. I would have loved to see the drawings that are mentioned in the letters, it is just part of the hole.
I recommend this book strongly. It is fresh, deep, and full of hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Morsel of Young Romance July 29, 2014
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Originally published in the early 1900's, this peek at an 18-year-old's struggle while attending college was a wonderful coming of age story. Jerusha 'Judy' Abbott had been given the opportunity of a lifetime. A trustee from the orphanage where she grew up, offered her a fully paid scholarship to college. All she had to do was work at her best to become a writer and keep his identity a secret. The problem was, she knew very little about him. She gave him the name 'Daddy-Long-Legs' because she knew he was a man and the glimpse she had of him indicated he was tall.

Once she arrived at school, she wrote to him continually. Initially upbeat, she was not afraid of revealing her opinions. Somewhat brash, a little bit fickle and with a smack of naivety, Jerusha wrote about everything: her petty meanness, Michael Angelo, no more hand-me-down clothes and too much coffee.

And he was her everything: her 'entire family', the one person she loved out of a choice of two people and her sounding board even though his end was silent. He was "her granny", the Thing, her way to practice her French and her 'pretend uncle'.

DADDY LONG LEGS was so different, so unusual, I couldn't help but love it. I especially enjoyed when she wrote about Julia Pendleton and the history of her family! Jerusha/Judy was goofy, refreshing, and most of all, honest. A Side Note: be sure and pay attention to all the distinct ways she signed her letters.

I would have given it five stars except for several minor quibbles that I had. I can't tell you my quirky reasons because it will give away the story and I want you to read it! Just keep chanting to yourself: it was written in the early 1900s, it was written in the early 1900s,....
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