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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463684339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463684334
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mindful Consumer on June 22, 2011
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first, please allow me to say that i am quite enjoying these puffin classics editions of some of my favorite novels!

'daddy long legs' is the story of a young orphan girl named judy who was removed from the orphanage by an anonymous patron/guardian who sends her away to school. the trade-off for this extraction is that she must write him a letter at least once per month.

the joy in this novel is the progression and self-assurance that builds with each letter she writes to him. i will spoil none of the story, but the ending is heartwarming and will not disappoint.

having this updated printing reminds me of when i first read this in grade school/middle school. these joyful memories are priceless.

a bonus here with the puffin classics is the addition of backstory included at the end of the book. here you can learn more about the author, the story, the characters, and so much more. what a delightful thing to include!

i have purchased most of these puffin classics editions, and will certainly look for future additions to add to my collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LVilla on January 3, 2013
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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 By Lesly Finn on 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 By Nana Hawkins on August 29, 2012
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Daddy-Long-Legs is an epistolary novel (a novel told in letters or diary entries) that takes place in the early part of the 20th century. Now Amazon has posted a School Library Journal summary that suggests this book is for 9th grade and up, but I disagree. I think a 10- or an 11-year old could read it, and in fact, I have met 10- and 11-year olds that have read it. Jerusha Abbott has a mysterious benefactor who pays for her college education, on the condition that he remains anonymous and that Jerusha write him once a month to tell him of her progress. Since Jerusha is quite sure she saw the back of him as he left the orphanage where she grew up, she decides to nickname him Daddy-Long-Legs. Jerusha is a spunky, intelligent girl who has a sharp sense of humor and displays wisdom beyond her years, and I absolutely loved this book. It is an especially good read for girls and young women. It is lighthearted but at the same time thought-provoking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @realjaninenoble on May 7, 2014
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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 By Nancy Gordon on 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 By E. Lucas TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2012
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This book, written by Jean Webster in 1912, was everything I hoped it would be--sparkling and delightful! I wish I had read this as a child--I know I would have loved it and probably read several copies to pieces.

Daddy-Long-Legs tells the story of Judy Abbott, an orphan from the John Grier Home who catches a trustee's attention with a humorous (and slightly disrespectful) essay about the monthly trustee visit. Though the generous trustee usually chooses a boy to put through college, this time he picks Judy, who is 18 and about to have to make her own way in the world with no resources and no friends.

After the first chapter, the novels take an epistolary form in letters from Judy (completely one-sided letters, as one of the requirements of the support from the trustee is that Judy not know her benefactor's name and that while she must write to him, he will not respond). She calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs" on the basis of his long shadow, which she sees against the wall as he walks away from the orphanage.

Judy writes to him for four years, sharing her stories about college, and her personality is (at least to me) as fresh and modern as if she were writing today. Her letters are quite funny, as well; for instance, her observation about her well-bred roommate:

"Her mother was a Rutherford. The family came over in the ark, and were connected by marriage with Henry the Eighth. On her father's side they date back further than Adam. On the topmost branches of her family tree there's a superior breed of monkeys with very time silky hair and extra long tails.
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