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Daddy-Long-Legs (Illustrated)

Daddy-Long-Legs (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Webster
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Daddy-Long-Legs is a 1912 epistolary novel by the American writer Jean Webster. It follows the protagonist, a young girl named Jerusha "Judy" Abbott, through her college years. She writes the letters to her benefactor, a rich man whom she has never seen.

Jerusha Abbott was brought up at the John Grier Home, an old-fashioned orphanage. The children were wholly dependent on charity and had to wear other people's cast-off clothes. Jerusha's unusual first name was selected by the matron off a gravestone (she hates it and uses "Judy" instead), while her surname was selected out of the phone book. At the age of 15, she finished her education and is at loose ends, still working in the dormitories at the institution where she was brought up.
One day, after the asylum's trustees have made their monthly visit, Judy is informed by the asylum's dour matron that one of the trustees has offered to pay her way through college. He has spoken to her former teachers and thinks she has potential to become an excellent writer. He will pay her tuition and also give her a generous monthly allowance. Judy must write him a monthly letter, because he believes that letter-writing is important to the development of a writer. However, she will never know his identity; she must address the letters to Mr. John Smith, and he will never reply.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1522 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140374558
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JWQK23I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITE 5 star book! 18 July 1998
By A Customer
This book is "a pearl in a bed of oysters." I couldn't put it down, I read it in a day, and I've re-read it at least three times! Don't expect a story summary from me, I want you to find out how good it is for yourself! I get headaches from reading "heavy" books like "The Best Little Girl in the World" (I know that tittle dosn't sound heavy, but you'd be surprised!) If you do too then don't worry because "Daddy Long Legs" is light reading that will make you want to read it again and again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 10 July 2001
Bought this bood for my partner,Emma,as she had read it as a child. Couldn't believe the reaction. Was like an old friend had come home.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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I first read Daddy long legs when I was about ten years old-I got it i the libarery-My mother got it for me, and I've loved it since then(7 years later)I have reread so many times I know it off by heart.Judy Abbott is the most simple and touchng character I've ever read.It is a book I highly recommend-especaily to give you a little reasurance about the world again!!!, and for the touching story of friendship and love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rag-to-riches story of an orphan 25 Feb 2007
By Mum of the animals VINE VOICE
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Pity the adopted or fostered child nowadays. Whenever refered to in the media, they are either criminals or overcome by mental health problems. It was not the case a hundered years ago! Jean Webster had a privleged upbringing but through her charity visits to the poor becomes convinced less well-off children could succeed in life. Heady stuff in 1912 so to illlustrate her point she writes Daddy-Long-Legs about Judy,a young orphan sent to college by a kindly but anonymous benefactor she calls Daddy-Long-Legs. Her letters to him are funny, moving and a great testimony both to a child's and a foundling's mind. It never wallows in self pity. As a mother of two adopted children, I don't really relate to the central message on how you can change the child's environment and if the child is bright enough it will flourish. The mental scars are too deep. I find myself incredulous (does Judy, such a friendly soul, really miss no-one from the orphanage after seventeen years). Nevertheless, I happily suspend disbelief because I personally love Judy (and the author's) optimism. It comes from the days when radical thinkers were confident that money alone could change things. It is the perfect book for an adopted or fostered adolescent as positive role models in the media nowadays are hard to find.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy Long Legs 1 Dec 2009
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A lovely book - original and excellent use of "letter style" of writing. Uses the rags-to-riches genre but with its own distinctive 'take' on the theme. Suitable for all ages - a cheerful upbeat tone to the content. Lovely line drawings too - a gem of a book and probably a minor classic in its way in that it should at some point be on everyone's reading list - for ages 12 to 120. Its not a long read so ideal for a tentative reader who will be impressed by the less-is-more style of writing. Restore your faith in good writing and get hold of a copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deservedly a classic 16 Jun 2008
I first read this wonderful book at the age of 10 and have reread it many times since. This moving and humorous story, relating the progression of Judy from unloved orphan in a children's home to eager young college student discovering the wider world, is accessible to people of all ages. Judy's naivety, imaginativeness, and bravery are communicated eloquently through the series of letters she writes to her benefactor, "Daddy Long Legs". A wonderful evocation of life in early twentiesth century America.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Daddy-Long-Legs was one of those great books that you never want to put 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. But thanks to this young woman's sense of humor and talent in writing, a trustee of the orphanage is kind enough to send her to college in hopes of her becoming a famous writer. He only asks that she writes him,her anonomous benifactor, a letter describing everything that goes on in school every month. Jerusha is extemely entertaining as you read her letters to "Daddy-Long-Legs" She meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich fellow whose presence she comes to enjoy tremendously and later on becomes a prominent figure as she strives to fullfill her dreams of writing a great novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The charm of this book never fades 18 April 2008
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Jerusha Abbot has lived all her life in the John Grier orphanage, and has seen nothing of the outside world. Then one day she is summoned to the matron's office, to be told to her astonishment that one of the trustees of the orphanage has decided to send her to college, because he thinks she has a talent for writing. He wishes to remain anonymous, but wants her to write to him once a month in order to develop her literary style. She has just glimpsed his shadow on the wall, a tall, thin man. so the amazed Jerusha is packed off to a prestigious girls' college.

The rest of the book is written in the form of Jerusha's letters to her anonymous benefactor. She decides to call him Daddy Long-Legs because the only thing she knows about him is that he is tall and thin. She decides to call herself 'Judy' as she has always hated the name Jerusha. Her letters vividly describe her life at college, her lessons, the fun she has with the other girls, her thoughts about everything. Each new experience is relished by her, and almost feel as if you are at college with her.

I have read this book frequently over the last forty years, and it seems just as fresh and funny to me now as it did the first time I read it, and as it must have done to the readers in 1912. Judy's charms are undiminished.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this version
Very disappointed in this, the first Amazon delivery I've ever had that has not come up to expectations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie C Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy-Long-Legs
A truly engaging, original and funny love story, very cleverly written. The illustrations are hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by June Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed the format in letter form as Jerusha
This was one I just had to re read again, since the last time was when I was just about the same age as Jerusha Abbott. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Manderley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift
Bought this as a gift for my nieces - lovely book, we'll presented. A book that is a love story that is gentle and heartwarming - a treasure
Published 7 months ago by Mackie123
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet easy read
As indulgent as a box of chocolates. Not great literature, but charming and heartwarming. For adolescents and adults wanting entertainment in an undemanding way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by grandma J
4.0 out of 5 stars Daddy Long legs
I read this book many years ago and it was out pf print then. i looked for it on the off chance and was thrilled to find it. It is a lovely story, one that i shall read many times.
Published 10 months ago by ja cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming book
Very amusing and cleverly written. Both my husband and I enjoyed it and I have recommended it to friends. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. E. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my Mum
Brilliant! A memorable book that she could read, even though she is partially sighted. She loved the story and remembered it from the past.
Published 15 months ago by A Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I love this story and I like the cover as well. good quality, fast post and as good as I imagined!
Published 16 months ago by Sally Zheng
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I love this book, and have read it several times. I purchased it for my very sophisticated reader - grand-daughter aged 11. She hasn't got it yet - next week!
Published 17 months ago by S. M. Couper
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