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Daddy-Long-Legs [Kindle Edition]

Jean Webster
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,324 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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
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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming 1912 bit of fluff. July 12, 2014
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Very charming and with, at times, a surprisingly modern feel to it, this story written in 1912 is about a 19-year-old young woman who has grown up in an orphanage. She is sent off for a college education, all expenses paid by an anonymous benefactor, "Mr. Smith", whose only stipulation is that she send him regular reports of her experiences at school.

The author, Alice Jane Chandler Webster, was born in 1876. Her mother was a niece of Mark Twain and her father was Twain's business manager and publisher of many of Twain's books. This has nothing, of course, to do with this book but I just found it to be an interesting bit of info.

This story was written 8 years before the 19th Amendment went into effect, so the forward thinking of the protagonist is a pleasant surprise, and the humorous tone makes for a fun read. Of course there were limitations to a woman's role in society but I enjoyed watching this particular young woman come into her own, both intellectually and socially.

The plot develops through the series of letters the protagonist writes to her unknown benefactor, from her freshman year through to graduation. She has no idea who he is, yet she writes him warm, friendly, amusing accounts of her experiences with life outside the orphanage, her developing friendships and her intellectual growth. In spite of the fact that he never replies to her letters, she treats him as if he were a kindly uncle.

And this is a romance. The reader will catch on rather quickly to who "Mr. Smith" is but our protagonist only learns the truth at the end of the story. It makes for an enjoyable tale about a very likeable protagonist. There's humor, fun dialogue and an interesting look at a young woman's life in 1912.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read !
Love this so much! It is a story of an orphan who is sent to school by an unknown philantropist. We find out who that is very soon, but it still such a fun read. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by AustenFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a delightful book and the illustrations add to the charm.
Published 1 day ago by Ann Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the freshest, sweetest books I have read in a long time.
Published 3 days ago by Patricia Searle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderfully refreshingly sweet
Published 14 days ago by nandini
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Immensely enjoyed this little gem. I recommend it. What a fun way of writing she has, reminds me of Anne of Green Gables.
Published 20 days ago by cindy smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Really Glad I Read This Little Book.
What an unexpected treasure. As I was perusing one of my favorite reviewer's reads, I came across this book and knew I had to read it. I wasn't sorry. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Judge Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting plunged into her languages
It's amazing. I get plunged little by little into her languages, as so might do DLL.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars with a happy ending.
A classic, quick read; with a happy ending.
Published 1 month ago by Jean McKeever
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I have read this book over and over again, and enjoyed it every time. More than 50 years ago I saw a movie based on this story with the same name only in a different language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like Dear Mr. Knightly in all the ways that count.
I read this book because I just finished a book called Dear. Mr. Knightly. It has the same story line and the author thanks this book for her idea, but they were so different in... Read more
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