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Daddy-Long-Legs (Annotated and Illustrated) by [Webster, Jean]
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An anonymous benefactor offers to pay for the education of seventeen-year-old Jerusha Abbott, the oldest orphan at the John Grier Home.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PV801Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #607,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 18 July 1998
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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I down-loaded and re-read this beautiful book during a bout of insomnia to give myself a gentle read. The epistolary style made it seem particularly attractive. After all, I could break off at any point and go back to bed... I discovered that actually one of the elements of this book that makes it particularly compelling is the fact that one can always read just one more letter!

Although often regarded as a children's book, there is plenty for adults. It is lovely to watch Judy grow in confidence both in her new surroundings and in her relationship with her patron, in addition to seeing her develop intellectually as time and her course progress. Looking back on one's own college / university education also gives a different perspective to a childhood or teenage reading of the book. I am delighted that I revisited it!

At least one review comments that a lack of illustrations spoils the book. I agree that this would be the case, since they are an integral part of the letters in which they occur. In my illustrated edition (clearly indicated as such) I found the line drawings and Judy's annotations were clear in the Kindle format. As the reviews relate to the title rather than the specific edition, it is the one with the 'Daddy Long Legs' figure silhouetted against a fence.
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By A Customer on 27 July 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, though it's cataloged 'ages 9 to 12' I still enjoy reading it. Jean Webster created a fresh caracter in Judy Abbot, who is smart yet so innocent and unknowing of the world outside the JGH. Her letters, 'ligth and breezy' are deligthfull, and allow us a view into a world of wonder in the eyes of a sweet young girl. I started reading it one night and couldn't stop. This book is easy to read, and leaves you with a funny kind of feeling, you just have to love little Jerusha. AND Master Jervie too!!!!
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