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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
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've read this book a few times, and every time I come back to it, I can't put it down.
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.
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.
An excellent coming of age story. I read it when I was a teenager, found it again as an adult & it has a very special place on my bookshelf. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mrs Boone
I enjoyed it as much this time as when I read it 45 years ago!Published 2 months ago by cheryll schuette
Daddy Long-legs is a special book....written in the early 1900's but winsome and very current.Published 3 months ago by Hilton Head SC - Retired
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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago by Judy the K.