Friday, August 20, 2010

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster


by Jean Webster
published 1912
completed May 2010

Jerusha Abbot was raised in the John Grier Home, an orphanage.  At 18, having finished her education, she was still there helping out, not quite sure how to move on.  Following one of the board meetings at the orphanage, she was informed that one of the trustees had offered to pay for her to go to college.  In return for his kindness, she was to write him monthly letters updating him on her progress.  He wanted to remain anonymous and requested that she call him John Smith.  She saw him from a distance talking with the director of the orphanage and he seemed tall, so she decided to refer to him as Daddy-Long-Legs because she thought John Smith was dull.

Daddy-Long-Legs is the collection of letters that Jerusha writes to her benefactor.  Jerusha is a colorful character.  She changed her name to Judy at school because she thought Jerusha was embarrassing.  She is feisty and independent, but sweet and full of personality.  Her letters are hilarious.  Not much happens in the book, but the way she writes about the little mundane things that she experiences, is entertaining.  She illustrates her letters with drawings of stick figures.  They cracked me up!  I loved everything about this book.  It is super short and you can read it in one sitting.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, quick, and clean read.

I read this as part of the Take Another Chance Challenge hosted by Jenners at Find Your Next Book Here.  This qualifies for challenge #9--Same Word, Different Book.  My other qualifying book is A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby.

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