Daddy Long-Legs

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All sorts of things begin to happen when an orphaned boarding school student finally meets the wealthy guardian with whom she has corresponded for years sight unseen.

Orphaned Judy Abbot relates her college adventures in letters to the mysterious benefactor that she calls Daddy-Long-Legs.

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Overview

All sorts of things begin to happen when an orphaned boarding school student finally meets the wealthy guardian with whom she has corresponded for years sight unseen.

Orphaned Judy Abbot relates her college adventures in letters to the mysterious benefactor that she calls Daddy-Long-Legs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781176339156
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2010
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster, July 24, 1876 – June 11, 1916) was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Her best-known books feature lively and likeable young female protagonists who come of age intellectually, morally, and socially, but with enough humor, snappy dialogue, and gently biting social commentary to make her books palatable and enjoyable to contemporary readers.
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To Mr. Daddy-Long-Legs Smith

1st October

Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I love college and I love you for sending me--I'm very, very happy, and so excited every moment of the time that I can scarcely sleep. You can't imagine how different it is from the John Grier Home. I never dreamed there was such a place in the world. I'm feeling sorry for everybody who isn't a girl and who can't come here; I am sure the college you attended when you were a boy couldn't have been so nice.

My room is up in a tower that used to be the contagious ward before they built the new infirmary. There are three other girls on the same floor of the tower--a Senior who wears spectacles and is always asking us please to be a little more quiet, and two Freshmen named Sallie McBride and Julia Rutledge Pendleton. Sallie has red hair and a turn-up nose and is quite friendly; Julia comes from one of the first families in New York and hasn't noticed me yet. They room together and the Senior and I have singles.

Usually Freshmen can't get singles; they are very scarce, but I got one without even asking. I suppose the registrar didn't think it would be right to ask a properly brought-up girl to room with a foundling. You see there are advantages!

My room is on the north-west corner with two windows and a view. After you've lived in a ward for eighteen years with twenty room-mates, it is restful to be alone. This is the first chance I've ever had to get acquainted with Jerusha Abbott. I think I'm going to like her.

Do you think you are?

Yours always, Jerusha Abbott

PS. (9 o'clock.)

Sallie McBride just poked her head in at my door. This is what she said: "I'm so homesick that I simply can't standit. Do you feel that way?" I smiled a little and said no; I thought I could pull through. At least homesickness is one disease that I've escaped! I never heard of anybody being asylum-sick, did you?

* * * *

Sallie is the most entertaining person in the world--and Julia Rutledge Pendleton the least so. It's queer what a mixture the registrar can make in the matter of room-mates. Sallie thinks everything is funny--even flunking--and Julia is bored at everything. She never makes the slightest effort to be amiable. She believes that if you are a Pendleton, that fact alone admits you to heaven without any further examination. Julia and I were born to be enemies.

And now I suppose you've been waiting very impatiently to hear what I am learning?

I. Latin: Second Punic war. Hannibal and his forces pitched camp at Lake Trasimenus last night. They prepared an ambuscade for the Romans, and a battle took place at the fourth watch this morning. Romans in retreat.

II. French: 24 pages of the Three Musketeers and third conjugation, irregular verbs.

III. Geometry: Finished cylinders; now doing cones.

IV. English: Studying exposition. My style improves daily in clearness and brevity.

V. Physiology: Reached the digestive system. Bile and the pancreas next time.

Yours, on the way to being educated,

Jerusha Abbott

PS. I hope you never touch alcohol, Daddy--It does dreadful things to your liver.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    Wonderful read!

    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

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

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    Loved this book

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    MDBC

    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!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Speechless

    Wonderful book with great deails - enchants the reader in an instant, creating a problem . . . You won't want to put it down!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    I initially read this book while in Middle School (many MANY yea

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    To twelve-year-old-mama@nst.com

    The girl in this book is 18-21 but it would definitaly be for both of you. It isnt inapropriate at all and the girl sometimes seems younger than she really is. I'm 16 and love it!!! I wont be surprized if i read it again

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Love this book !

    I read it cuase of heather vogel frederick's Dear Pen Pal and it was awsome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Heart warming.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Too many mistakes

    But u still get the jist of it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2011

    Great story, SO MANY MISTAKES!

    It's too bad they couldn't do the simplest of corrections to this book because it's a great little read. Save yourself the headache and download it from Project Gutenberg, they took the time to make it readable!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    The Best Book Ever

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Amazingly different but just as great!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Speechless

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Dude

    If it was not good then why did you give it five stars? I thought the book was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Good Read!

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Easy to read. Great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    One of the Greatest!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Great story

    Great story but a few mistake ii never wanted to put it down! Short but goof

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Soooo good!

    I loved it! Its good for expericed readers.
    There is a good suprise at the ending ppl.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Great book

    I love this book it took a while to get into but I loved the ending.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    A Classic

    I love this story! It is definitely not a modern book (as you can tell by the first publication dates), but it is still a sweet story of romance, kindness, and self-discovery. It's a story people can relate to. You'll fall in love with Jerusha Abbott! Also... the letter format is easy-to-follow and makes this book a quick read.

    There's a play/"musical" version of it out as well that you can see as a follow-up!

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