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One of the classics of American children's literature, Daddy-Long-Legs tells the tale of Judy Abbott – an ebullient orphan beginning a college degree with the aim of becoming a writer – through her letters to the anonymous patron who is paying for her education.

Judy is informed that she must write him monthly letters, but that she will never know his identity or receive a letter in reply. One day, Judy catches a glimpse of the man's shadow and sees a pair of long legs, but just who is this mysterious benefactor?

“I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people's places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788747366
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/22/2002
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Jean Webster (1876–1916) was born Alice Jane Chandler Webster in Fredonia, New York. A grand-niece of Mark Twain, she had several novels published in her lifetime, but it was the bestseller Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) that brought her great popular acclaim. It was later developed into a stage play and several movies.

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"Blue Wednesday"

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Table of Contents

"Blue Wednesday"
The Letters of Miss Jerusha Abbott to Mr. Daddy-Long-Legs Smith

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Daddy-Long-Legs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 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
Saw the show off-Broadway last year, and was smitten. Jerusha is a smart, likeable character.
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.
byroade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judy Abbott, a bright young orphan, is the first girl sent to college by one of the orphanage's trustees. Her only obligation is to write a monthly letter summing up her studies. Her benefactor is anonymous, so she bestows the name "Daddy-Long-Legs" on him because she's only seen his tall shadow. The novel is told in her letters to him, relating her college experiences which reveal not only her lively intelligence but the deprivations of her institutional upbringing. It is one of the more completely satisfying stories I have ever read. It provides a vivid slice of life at a woman's college early in the 20th century. Webster was a graduate of Vassar College.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tremendously enjoyed this poignant tale of young orphaned Jerusha Abbot brought up in the John Grier Home where daily submission and repeated groveling is expected.When a board of trustee member provides funds for her college education, she escapes the confinements of the home and ventures into the world of elite privilege.With no knowledge of social mores, she develops a spirit tough enough to know she is of equal intellect, but pliant enough to know she has a lot to learn. Jerusha's paradoxical feelings of self assuredness and insecurity are excellently described and keenly felt.Unaccustomed, she bubbles along, feeling out of place, but, she is also spunky enough to overcome the ackwardness of a life of poverty.Writing letters to her unseen, mysterious benefactor whom she only glimpsed as he walked away from the home, and, noting he was tall, she now pens heart felt missives to "Daddy Long Legs."This is a book that grabbed and kept my attention. It is wonderfully written with a keen sense of the need for social justice and of the tenacity of the human spirit.Highly recommended.
ashishg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this long time ago so I don't remember details much. However, I do remember that book is collection of letters of girl to his (fictional) father. It did have some nice moments and definitely is an unconventional book worth going through.
VictoriaEva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read in English. I studied the language with my beloved teacher, Galina Vasilievna, in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). I would have 2-3 private classes a week, and she would usually give me an obscene amount of home work - well, thanks for that! After some time spent with study books, I came to a point when she suggested 'additional reading' and gave me this book. I was supposed to prepare a couple of pages of reading once a week. By 'prepare' I mean exactly what it sounds like - PREPARE. Translate every word - understand it in context. Write it down. Translate, write down the definition and construct in writing 5 sentences with the phrases underlined by my teacher. Usually those were expressions, like 'dragged itself to a close' - Gosh, I still remember it!Well, I have to say that I have never finished the book in the way Galina Vasilievna wanted me to. In about half a year I just wanted to know 'what's up?' and flipped through the many remaining pages in one evening, grasping the meaning over the words I did not know. Proud, I said to the teacher "I can tell you the story!" "It is not reading, my dear! I need you to learn the expressions!" she replied as calmly, as usually.I have read many books after that time. Most of them have been in English language. I am getting my Master's degree in International Relations, reading, writing everything in English. I write a weekly column in English for a newspaper. For about four years 85% of my communications are in English. I am thrilled with the bookstores. And the door to all of this, the door in terms of Books, is my very first one: Daddy-Long-Legs, read when I was about 15-16 years old.As for the book itself: it was cute. I may read it once again, just to have a complete picture, un-fragmented with my initial page-a-week jumps.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read it over and over. I wish I were Judy.
Citizenjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about the the education of a young girl saved from oppression and poverty in an orphanage and sent to college by an anonymous benefactor who requests for his largess that she write him a letter every month telling him about her progress. There's insightful feminist commentary about politics, religion, forced gratitude, mingling of the classes, and the methods and meaning of education.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delightful little book! Another one I never would have read if not for hearing about it on LibraryThing. This is the story of Jerusha "Judy" Abbot, an orphan raised in an asylum, who is sent to college by an anonymous benefactor. One of his conditions is that she write him letter detailing his progress, which he will never respond to. The book consists of these letters, addressed to "Daddy-Long-Legs." The result is a sweet, funny tale of a young girl experiencing the wonders of an education, a portrait of life at a women's college in the early twentieth century, and a nice little romance. A lovely, light, old fashioned story, recommended for fans of L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott. Four stars.
CarolynSchroeder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute book that ages surprisingly well! I had asked for "feel good" book suggestions (was feeling down in the dumps), and a few people came up with this one. It is just a simple story, about a young woman raised in an orphanage who gets a wealthy benefactor who sends her to college. His only requirement is that she send him letters of her life and education at college. He doesn't write back. She nicknames him "Daddy Long Legs" (from a fleeting glimpse she had of him) but otherwise, he is anonymous. The book is mostly comprised of her letters, which are insightful, very witty and funny and because her background is so different from the "rich girls" she looks at things in a unique way. There is much about appreciating the small wonders in life. So it really is a nice little book. There is a surprise ending, which is a good one, fit well. This is not amazing literature, but it's a great escape for an afternoon. I recommend it well, for a "feel good" book!
EustaciaTan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is interesting and fun to read. The only thing that prevented it from getting five stars from me was the fact that the tone of the protagonist sounded like that of a 10 year old, not a college student and certainly not the 21 year old girl she is at the end of the book.
knitcrazybooknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quiet, well-written novel about an orphaned girl with a private benefactor she's never met. The story, while slightly formulaic, is very well-written, and the voice is completely engaging and believable.
marikolee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story about Judy Abbott and her adventures at college. It was quite heartwarming at the end. I expected Daddy Longlegs to be the love interest's father, but was pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the characters, especially Judy and her "Daddy Long Legs". Written in letter format, it was easy to keep up with her growth socially and educationally. The end was stunning. It is a must read!
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I loved this book. The ending was predictable, but the writing is delightful. I loved Judy's honesty. I highly recommend this lovely book!