Daddy Long Legs Book Summary and Study Guide

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Daddy-long-legs is a story of a young girl, Jerusha Abbott and her letters to her benefactor whom she has never seen.The story proceeds through her college years.Jerusha Abbott was brought up at an old-fashioned orphanage. The children were wholly dependent on charity. They were badly fed and had to wear other people's discarded clothes. At the age of 18, Jerusha has finished her education and is still working in the dormitories at the orphanage where she was brought up.
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When the asylum's trustees make their monthly visit,the Headmistress informs Jerusha that a rich man has offered to be her benefactor for her college studies. He has spoken to her former teachers and knows that she is an excellent writer. He will pay her tuition and also give her a generous monthly allowance. In return,he asks Jerusha to write a letter to him every month without fail describing what is going on in her life but not to expect any replies from him.

Jerusha has seen him from the back and knows that he has long legs and so she adoringly calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs".She shares a love-hate-anger-gratitude relationship with him.She illustrates her letters with child-like drawings. Basically, this is a story of Jerusha's personal and educational growth.

Finally, at the end of the story,the identity of Daddy-Long-Legs is revealed and voila,is Jerusha elated to find out who it is-The love of her life!

The review of this Book prepared by Medha Behera

Jerusha (Judy) Abbot is 18, and has outgrown the orphanage in which she grew up. Her carers aren't sure what to do with her; Judy's too smart to be wasted on Household School, but there's just no money to pay for college. That is, until a rich trustee reads an essay written by Judy, and it makes him laugh. He offers to send her to college to become a writer, on the condition that she writes him regular letters to keep him up to date with events.

There's just one problem:
Judy has no idea whom her generous benefactor actually is. Three things she knows:
A) He is rich
B) He is tall
C) He dislikes girls (don't ask)
He never answers any of her letters - but seems somehow always to be present in her life...
This extremely funny Cinderella story follows Judy through her college years, as she tries to fit in with her rich friends...and their handsome uncles (who somehow seem very familiar). The story is told through her letters to 'Dear Daddy Long Legs'.
The review of this Book prepared by Hannah Warnaar

When Jerusha Abbott finds out that a mysterious benefactor is going to send her to college so she can become a writer, she couldn't be more surprised. After all, who would take interest in someone who has spent her entire life in an orphanage? A very strange man, it seems. He doesn't want her to know who he is, he doesn't want to have any contact with her. In exchange for her education, she is to write him a letter every month, letters which he will never answer. Jerusha is still excited by the opportunity. She goes to college and discovers a new world. She learns about history, philosophy, science, etc.   She also learns about herself. She never had a chance to really get to know herself. One of her first acts is to change her name to Judy. She forms some firm opinions on women's rights and religion. And, she makes friends. Through it all, she sends letters to the benefactor who she has decided to nickname Daddy Long Legs, on account of his lanky shadow, the only glimpse she had of him. As the years pass, Judy experiences triumphs and setbacks in her education as well as her writing. However, she is not completely happy. She wishes Daddy Long Legs was real family, instead of just someone who won't even answer her letters. She also meets a wealthy man. They spend a lot of time together, and develop feelings, but Judy does not know how to tell him of her background. If only Daddy Long Legs could help her.
The review of this Book prepared by Angela Tircuit

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   search for family/history Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

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