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Daddy Long-Legs (Watermill) Paperback – September, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: Watermill
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Troll Communications Llc (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816714673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816714674
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,115,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Selected as a Notable Children's Recording in 1989 by the American Library Association. --American Library Association --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

I've read this book a few times, and every time I come back to it, I can't put it down.
Michelle Bowden
Jerusha Abbot, the orphan who is writing the letters which make up the book, grew up in the John Grier Orphanage with everyone stressing conformance.
Courtney Bowers (Charmin795@aol.com)
The love story is very simple and sweet, and altho the book is written as a series of letters, it is a quick and clever read.
Ally Papier

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2001
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Usually I absolutely hate novels that are supposed to be a collection of letters and/or diary entries for this simple reason, they are as transparent as saran wrap. Something along the lines of "I'm just jotting down a casual letter to inform you that I just had a terrible fight with so-and-so, here's what we said word for word complete with speaker attributes"
That's why I was so pleasantly suprised with this book. The writing is entertaining, intelligent and always realistic. That is EXACTLY how a person in their late teens, early twenties writes (I know, I'm a letter writer in that age group) and it is so refreshing to read an author who knows what she is talking about on the subject.
Judy Abbott is most certainly not a Pollyanna, she teases, gets angry and argues but she has a nice nature and always manages to patch things up. She is an orphan who writes to her mysterious benefactor whom she dubs "Daddy-Long-Legs". Because he is her fairy godmother for all purposes, she confides in him even though she knows he will never answer. The ending is marvelous with a great little twist. I think this book is great for girls 8-80 and am sorry I did not read it sooner
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Bowden on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book a few times, and every time I come back to it, I can't put it down. It's short (around 200 pages) & sweet. The book was published in 1912, and is one-of-a-kind, as it consists almost entirely of letters written by Judy. Judy is an orphan from the John Grier Home, an orphange she was raised in since she was a baby. Her future seems very bleak until one day she is unexpectedly offered the opportunity for a paid college education to become an author by one of the orphanage's trustees. In return, she has to write monthly letters to the unknown trustee who is known as Mr. John Smith. She calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs" because she saw his tall shadow as he left the building. Her letters are very entertaining, and often impertinent. That is really all I want to tell of the story, but here are a couple of quotes from the book that I loved:
"It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh -- I really think that requires spirit."
"I think the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people's places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding. It ought to be cultivated in children."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Laura LaVelle on September 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Judy is a surprisingly modern heroine in this epistolary novel, an orphan rescued by a mysterious benefactor and sent to college at the turn of the last century. She's entertaining, has a sense of humor that the hardships of her past has not diminished, is a talented writer, and aspires to be a "useful citizen." This is a perfect girls' fantasy with a storybook ending, and has held up over time remarkably well. I've only seen the Fred Astaire version of the movie adaptation, which I cannot recommend...read the book instead, it's truly charming.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kaia_espina" on February 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Practical Jean Webster must not have believed in fey folk, however, as this novel's fairy-godmother is a man--and an orphan asylum trustee, of all things. (Readers find out exactly what that is by at least the third page and never forget it.) Nevertheless, he does bring the heroine closer to her dreams by sending to her to college for free. He's also mysterious and eccentric--a nice touch.
This heroine is Jerusha Abbot, who pluckily changes her name to Judy as soon as she enters college. Most of the novel is composed of her letters to the kind trustee, whom she has named Daddy-Long-Legs. Her observations on her roommates, friends, classes, teachers, and life in general are a delight to read and her style is light and funny. She remains as likeable today as she was when this book was first published in 1912.
Thankfully, the "modern" details that Webster sprinkled throughout the text will not get in the way of readers' enjoyment. When Judy confesses that she hadn't known that R.L.S. stood for Robert Louis Stevenson or that George Eliot was a lady--and almost laments that she "wasn't brought up on 'Little Women'"--readers don't mind that neither had they. It is the spirit of the words that comes through to them: they understand what is important--her embarrassment at the fact and her motivation to correct it--and that is enough.
As Webster considered herself a socialist and a reformer, one of the reasons she wrote "Daddy-Long-Legs" was definitely to show the more uppity folk of the early twentieth century that even children who are brought up in orphan asylums _can_ become useful, productive adults when they grow up.
Of course, the appeal of this children's novel has less to do with that message than with Judy's (and therefore, Webster's) sense of humor.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yen on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
Daddy Long Legs is one of my favorite books of all time. It looks like an old book, but it is as current as any of todays best seller. Throughout the years, I have re-read Daddy-Long-Legs, time and time again. When I read this novel, I laughed and I cried. Each event that happens in this novel has you glued to your chair. In every letter that Judy (aka, Jurusha Abbott) writes to her favorite Daddy-Long-Legs, she tells of her daily life. She shares her happiness, her sadness, her everything, to a man that she doesn't know, but loves so much. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that has a dream that they think will never come true. After reading this book, you will know there are miracles. Dreams do come true.
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