A young orphan is given a new life by an unknown benefactor, whom she christens Daddy-Long-Legs, since all she has seen is his elongated shadow. Chiefly written in the form of letters to Daddy-Long-Legs, this is a classic children’s story.
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.”