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 (Daddy-Long-Legs, Bk 1) on
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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!
This book is a sweet account of letters from Jerusha to her benafactor Mr.Smith for paying her college tuition. It is a great read and I recommend it to all. The book has been read by all of my girls and has been lovingly worn.
I LOVE this little novel. It is very sweet and fun. A small book, and a quick read. You will probably guess the end before you get there, but it is still worth the read. Judy is enchanting! It is an anne of green gables type. The following book dear enemy was not as engaging.
This book is delightful and truly timeless. I read this because it was referenced in Mother Daughter Book Club, Dear Pen Pal, by Heather Vogel Frederick. Their club
read Daddy Long-Legs. Since I had never read it, I promptly located it and enjoyed it immensely.
This is a charming story about an orphan from the John Grier Home for Orphans being sent to college by one of the school's trustees. The only requirement that is attached to the money is that Jerusha âJudy' Abbott must send monthly letters to the donor, without ever expecting any message in return.
The thing I enjoyed about this Puffin Classics version was the additional pages at the end that added so much to my enjoyment of the book. First, Jean Webster's short life was outlined including a list of her novels. There are six sections at the end, including "Famous Orphans in Children's Literature."
I look forward to rereading this book in the future.