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Gr 9 Up-Jerusha Abbott has grown up in the John Grier Home for orphans. As the oldest, she is in charge of the younger children. An anonymous benefactor on the Board, "Mr. Smith," decides to send her to college, as long as she writes to him faithfully detailing her education. Originally published in 1912, Jean Webster's coming-of-age tale continues to be relevant to young women today. Actress Kate Forges shares these months and years, from freshman to senior in college. Through a series of letters Jerusha writes to "Daddy-Long-Legs," a relationship filled with affection and respect develops, even though she is the only correspondent throughout the years. Although the narrative unfolds slowly, the language is sophisticated, highly descriptive, and witty. Jerusha's concern about social class standings may seem a bit dated to most listeners, as the reference to "Negro waiters" when she is riding the train may surprise and offend some listeners. Forbes gives an outstanding one-woman performance. Her crisp elucidation, varied intonations, and enthusiasm for this character provide a first-rate reading. This tale will appeal to listeners who revel in rich, detailed imagery to present a character wholly believable and likeable.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD
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Daddy Long-legs is a special book....written in the early 1900's but winsome and very current.Published 5 days ago by Hilton Head SC - Retired
Devouring this book as of the moment. It holds a certain charm to it that just cannot be accomplished by the modern, cliched formulas used by so many writers today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Risa Tsuyuki
As much as the movie is enjoyable, the book is just wonderful. It is definitely a chick read, but it is totally entertaining all the way through. Nice little hardback version.Published 2 months ago by S. Striker
the letters of Jerusha Abbott are as fresh today as they were when the book was published. drawing on college life from the early twentieth century, Webster's observations are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by methusala honeysuckle
Jean Webster was a great niece of Mark Twain, and she had the family wit and irreverent sense of humor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy the K.
This is a nice light read. Fun, and somewhat thoughtful. It's worth keeping for a nice afternoon in a comfortable spot.Published 4 months ago by Purchaser
I read this as a child and loved it. However, now that I look at it, I am not sure if this is the one. It is in diary format. Read morePublished 5 months ago by crimson and gray