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The Little Colonel

Annie F. Johnston

Book Overview: 

The scene of this story is laid in Kentucky. Its heroine is a small girl, who is known as the Little Colonel, on account of her fancied resemblance to an old-school Southern gentleman, whose fine estate and old family are famous in the region.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I tell you p'intedly you cyarnt nevah b'lieve what you heahs."

"Why doesn't gran'fathah love my mothah?" asked the child, as they came in sight of the cottage. She had puzzled over the knotty problem all the way home. "How can papas not love their little girls?"

"'Cause he's stubbo'n," was the unsatisfactory answer. "All the Lloyds is. Yo' mamma's stubbo'n, an' you's stubbo'n--"

"I'm not!" shrieked the Little Colonel, stamping her foot. "You sha'n't call me names!"

Then she saw a familiar white hand waving to her from the hammock, and she broke away from Mom Beck with very red cheeks and very bright eyes.

Cuddled close in her mother's arms, she had a queer feeling that she had grown a great deal older in that short afternoon.

Maybe she had. For the first time in her little life she kept her troubles to herself, and did not once mention the thought that was uppermost in her mind.

"Yo' great-aunt Sally Tylah is comin' thi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Loved Little Women? Adored Betsy-Tacy? Wish there were more in these delightful series? Then hurrah for the Little Colonel!
A charming series of coming-of-age stories about a little girl in Kentucky at the turn of the century. Lloyd Sherman, the spunky miniature of her grandfather the colonel (hen...more

When I picked this old book up at my gramma's house this weekend, I didn't think I would like it much. Sometimes when I stay with her, I like picking up some of the books she has sitting on her bookshelf. Call me cheesy, but I like imagining these books in the hands of someone years back, reading...more

Originally published in 1895, The Little Colonel was the first of an extended series of children's novels that chronicle the adventures of young Lloyd Sherman - nicknamed "the Little Colonel" because her fiery temperament and stubborn disposition call to mind similar qualities in her estranged gr...more

I liked this book. I really, really liked it, and I'm sure I'd like to read the rest of the books in the series as well. I cried, probably because I was thinking of my Grandpa.

One thing though -- this characters constantly use racist terms. Of course! it's set in 1880s Kentucky, what else would...more

When I was young, the Little Colonel stories were a favorite, as much for the upward call toward beauty, truth, and goodness, as for the delightful stories. In this first volume, the Little Colonel meets her grandfather, a civil war veteran who has been estranged from the her mother, his daughter...more

First of the Little Colonel series, which were later made into a movie starring Shirley Temple, set in the 1880s in Kentucky.  The (old) Colonel served in the Confederate army and disowned his daughter when she married a Yankee.  When he realizes that this keeps him from his granddaughter, who is...more

I read as a child and now own all the Little Colonel books. Loved every one of them.

I know, I know, it's like a fairy tale. And Shirley Temple played in a much revised version in her glory days.

But it's also utterly charming, and now I know why young heroines in old novels would refer to loving the latest Little Colonel books!

This book holds a dear place in my heart! A friend introduced me to the series, and now I own the whole set of Little Colonel books and the companion Mary Ware series. _The Little Colonel_ is the first in the series, and introduces the heroine, Lloyd Sherman.

Plot Synopsis (and spoiler)!

Lloyd She...more

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