Daddy-Long-Legs - Signet Classic Author:Jean Webster A kind woman who was always deeply interested in the problems of the downtrodden, Jean Webster made an orphan girl a major character in one of her most charming and popular books--Daddy-Long-Legs. The oldest at a dreary home for foundlings, Judy Abbott finds her life completely changed when, with the help of a mysterious benefactor, she is grant... more »ed her wish to be able to go to college. In return for this great favor, Judy has to write her anonymous sponsor each month about her activities at the New England school, which she does in letters addressed to "Daddy-Long-Legs." A meeting with the rich, handsome uncle of her snobbish roommate sets Judy and readers alike on the road to uncovering the secrets surrounding her secret friend. Unabridged republication of a standard edition.« less
A really charming classic; this is the story of Jerusha who grew up in a charity home and has just been given a scholarship to go to university. Her mysterious benefactor (who wants to be known only as Mr. John Smith) asks only one thing: that Jerusha write him every month with an update on what she is learning, but not to expect any reply. Because Jerusha saw him walking away once in the fading light and had an impression of a tall man with a long shadow like a spider, she nicknames him Daddy Long-Legs, and procedes to write him very cheerful and cheeky letters; far more often than once a month. Here's an example:
"Dear Daddy-Long-Legs, You never answered my question and it was very important. ARE YOU BALD?". This continues throughout the 4 years and of course at the end we find out who Daddy Long-Legs is.
Elaine G. (EFG) - reviewed Daddy-Long-Legs (Signet Classic) on
Helpful Score: 2
This book is wonderful! It is a great story told in letters to her anonymous benefactor of an orphan girl offered a a college education. She is clever and creative. I read it as an adult, my 18 year old daughter read it, and our fifth grade niece read it. We all loved it!