Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

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by jean Webster
     
 

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In this lively, epistolary novel, 16-year-old Jerusha "Judy" Abbott, on the verge of being sent out into the world alone from the unpleasant orphanage in which she's been reared, unexpectedly earns the attention of one of the home's trustees who offers to send her to college. She details her adventures in a series of charming and unaffected letters to her carefully…  See more details below

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In this lively, epistolary novel, 16-year-old Jerusha "Judy" Abbott, on the verge of being sent out into the world alone from the unpleasant orphanage in which she's been reared, unexpectedly earns the attention of one of the home's trustees who offers to send her to college. She details her adventures in a series of charming and unaffected letters to her carefully anonymous benefactor, whom she nicknames "Daddy-Long-Legs." The ending becomes obvious to the reader long before Judy gets there, but she's so much fun to follow that it doesn't matter.

This novel indeed has long legs -- Webster turned it into a stage play that ran on Broadway in 1914. Mary Pickford starred in a silent movie version in 1919, and the Shirley Temple film "Curly Top" was rooted in that film. A British stage musical called "Love from Judy" opened in 1952 and ran for two years, and Fred Astaire starred in a 1955 Hollywood musical version. A new chamber musical by John Caird based on "Daddy Long Legs" premiered in January 2010 in California and has been appearing at other theaters around the country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148205166
Publisher:
Romance Ebooks
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
89
File size:
92 KB

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Daddy-Long-Legs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Dedo More than 1 year ago
Before I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I was uncertain that I'd like the 'letters only' style of writing but I did. I then Googled other books of that style and found Daddy-Long-Legs. I sampled it and was hooked. Like a previous reviewer, I loved every minute of it and didn't want it to end.
kaebee29 More than 1 year ago
I read this on the recommendation off another reviewer and am so glad I did. this. book draws you in immetiadely and makes it extremely difficult to put down! I read the whole book in a day and a half. Loved every single charachter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially read this book while in Middle School (many MANY years ago) and LOVED it.I got a copy for my daughters when they were the same age. They also loved it. I recently re-read it,and still love it. It's a very well written and entertaining book for all ages. A rarity these days. I recommended it to a friend with school age daughters, and told her she should read it herself, as she would like it at least as much as they. If for no other reason, read it to get an insight into what college was like for women 100 years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Mother Daughter Book Club and was intreigued by there telling of the story. I bought this book to find it was only 89 page long which surprised me. I think i bought the wrong book or maybe not cause i do remeber in MDBC that they also read dear enemy and another i cannot seem to remeber. Please help me find the right book!!! I have a small dissapoint,ent in the version i bought there were no pictures unlike the way MDBC describes the book.please help me!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book with great deails - enchants the reader in an instant, creating a problem . . . You won't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was little and loved it. I enjoyed it just as much as an adult. I laughed, I cried and I completely enjoyed every word I read.
Modern-Classic More than 1 year ago
Daddy-Long-Legs was the best book ever! I enjoyed every minute of it, and it had a great story. Judy Abbott is such a real charcter, as are the rest of the charcters in this novel. The pictures are very amusing, and so you another level of Judy. Another thing that is great is it's considered a classic, yet it's more modern (Little Women, Ivanhoe, and Alice in Wonderland are all already classics at this time). I loved every second of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had bought the book in 7th grade with a little... well, lot of apprehension. I mean, c'mon, a book about an orphan who's being send to college by a well-wisher? That did sound like, a lot of 'in debt to you', prim girls and stern Godfathers were going to be involved. Instead, I found this fun book, so full of love and laughter that from then to now I've read it about half a hundred times. Jean Webster is truly amazing. Hats off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The story is charming and original. A must read. When asked for a book I reccamend by friends it is always one of the first titles out of my mouth.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The ending was predictable, but the writing is delightful. I loved Judy's honesty. I highly recommend this lovely book!
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If it was not good then why did you give it five stars? I thought the book was good.
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Easy to read. Great story.
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It is a very cute book. It pretty much follows the movie (Judy played by Leaslie Carone & Jervis by Fred Astair) which is just as good. I lkied how it was done by letters although I wish that the ending had been told like the beginning had been. I would reccomend this to anyone who likes older books (not too old but just a little old lol) it is not exactly uptodate or anything but it us a very sweet book. My sister read the sequel Dear Enemy which she say is told by Julia Pendeltons point of view and the book is told in letter form like this is only it is all letters and nothing else. But she also said that it was not as good as this one. I would say that this is a definite "must read." LF
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I read it cuase of heather vogel frederick's Dear Pen Pal and it was awsome
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Great story but a few mistake ii never wanted to put it down! Short but goof