The Little Colonel

By Annie Fellows Johnston
Read by Anna Fields

1.88 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In the prettiest part of Kentucky, an old Southern family is torn apart by tragedy. When his beloved daughter married a Yankee, the Old Colonel disowned her and has not spoken a word to her or even laid eyes on his granddaughter. The old man’s heart turned hard as stone and children fear him. Hard times have befallen his daughter, and there is talk of her “goin’ to the the poorhouse.” But she would rather die than go to him for help. One day, by accident, he meets a little girl who looks vaguely familiar. Upon questioning her, he finds she is called the Little Colonel because she has a vile temper and stamps her feet when she gets angry and hollers, just like him. It is indeed his granddaughter, and slowly a bond grows between them. But can the love of a little girl mend the powerful hatred that has rent the family in two?

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Summary

Summary

In the prettiest part of Kentucky, an old Southern family is torn apart by tragedy. When his beloved daughter married a Yankee, the Old Colonel disowned her and has not spoken a word to her or even laid eyes on his granddaughter. The old man’s heart turned hard as stone and children fear him. Hard times have befallen his daughter, and there is talk of her “goin’ to the the poorhouse.” But she would rather die than go to him for help.

One day, by accident, he meets a little girl who looks vaguely familiar. Upon questioning her, he finds she is called the Little Colonel because she has a vile temper and stamps her feet when she gets angry and hollers, just like him. It is indeed his granddaughter, and slowly a bond grows between them. But can the love of a little girl mend the powerful hatred that has rent the family in two?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The truest portrayal of child life ever written.” Boston Transcript
“Since the time of Little Women, no juvenile heroine has been better beloved of child readers than the Little Colonel.” St. Paul Dispatch

Reviews

Reviews

by Roberta 9/13/2017
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Ageless

Anyone who believes this is a "mere childrens' story" is missing out on a great listening experience. Anna Fields is by far one of the best readers available on CD (or any other format you listen to). She brings a story alive so much so that you get lost in her characterizations. After purchasing this CD, I have listened to it at least 4 times and never tire of the captivating, charming, and transporting story. I highly recommend it to anyone -- with or without children. This is one that should not be missed.

Author

Author Bio: Annie Fellows Johnston

Annie Fellows Johnston was raised on a farm in MacCutchenville, Indiana. At seventeen, she attended the University of Iowa for one year, then returned to Evansville to work as a teacher. She married William L. Johnston, a widower with three children. When he died at a young age, she began her writing career in earnest. Her first book, Big Brother, was published in 1893, followed by Joel: A Boy of Galilee. In 1895, she was inspired by a visit to the leisurely and aristocratic Pewee Valley, Kentucky, where she met a spunky little Southern girl named Hattie. Annie returned to Evansville and wrote The Little Colonel in 1896, and it quickly became a success. In 1935, Twentieth Century Fox released a film version of The Little Colonel, with Shirley Temple in the lead.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 1.88
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English