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The Little Colonel

(The Little Colonel #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  22 reviews
An old-fashioned Southern colonel has disowned his daughter for marrying a Yankee and resists all entreaties for a reconciliation until he succumbs to the charms of his little granddaughter.

During the early part of the 20th century the Little Colonel series was the most popular series for children. Published in 1895, this is the first in the series of books about Lloyd She
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published 1904 by L.C. Page & Company (first published 1895)
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Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
Racist, twee, and saccharin-sticky. From the opening scene with the "trawbewwies" right up to the end it was torture of the most sentimental sort. I couldn't stop, it was such a twain weck!
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
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 with eyes full of entertainment. I mean, c'mon, us readers these days forget how spoiled we are, what with libraries and bookstores galore. We don't realize that at one time, books were scarce and the b ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are still a Big Deal among collectors in Kentucky. When I eavesdropped on an old guy talking about his search for The Little Colonel's Diary, I figured I should at least read the first one for free. The Betsy-Tacy books referenced them several times, too. It was a quick read and the perfect length for one bout of pregnancy insomnia. This book was basically an Elsie Dinsmore book without the Bible and with twice as many apostrophes. The main theme was grudges and pride giving way to r ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Interested in Vintage American Children's Series
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 grandfather, a former colonel in the Confederate army - and her friends. In this opening volume of the series, the five-year-old Little Colonel meets her grandfather for the first time, and, despite the te ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
I read as a child and now own all the Little Colonel books. Loved every one of them.
Catherine  Mustread
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 very much like him, he has to consider whether his love can overcome his pride and loyalty for the southern cause.

From  The scene of this story is laid in Kentucky. Its heroine is a smal
Carolyn Page
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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 you expect? Also --*gasp* those racist pigs aren't bad guys! they're normal (for a children's novel anyway). These books are likely to never see a reprinting because they display attitudes as common duri
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes old books
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Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (hence the nickname), wins the hearts of all who meet her. She and her friends learn valuable life lessons and try to be good people, as did the March sisters of Little Women. They also have amusing adventur
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, became she married a Northerner. That was not an uncommon situation after such a bitter war, and it is interesting and enjoyable to read how it all turns out.

The copyright on this book is 1895, so it
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-ever
The Little Colonel stories were instrumental in making me a life-long reader. I first picked one up at my small, converted-house library in West Lafayette, IN when I was no more than 9. This library had the full series in a pink moire cover - what more could a little girl want? Before the summer was over I had read every single one of the series. To this day I remember them fondly. They were so special to me in fact as a married woman with children I was reminiscing about the books to my husband ...more
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly I agree with Rachel. This book was too weird not to read (although I guess I would have anyway since I am teaching it). As it seemingly attempts to work as a book to show children they have agency as well as some sort of attempt at showing a North-South reunion, bizarre things abound in the background.

The Little Colonel, we are told, is a butch little girl who reassembles her dead uncle and selfish, stodgy old grandpa. There are episodes in which it almost seems like she can communicate
Pat Jennings
Read several in this series as a child. The writer's setting is in PeeWee Valley, Kentucky, just out of Louisville, Ky. Sweet book that for this time is totally politically incorrect. If you read for the relationship part of the story, taking in consideration for the time the book was written, it is an interesting read.
Rachel Ann Brickner
Oct 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Civil War and/or children's lit
I thought this book was so interestingly bizarre and interesting to think about in relation to how race relations and slavery are portrayed in Civil War literature at the time. I won't be reading this children's book again anytime soon, but it will definitely be hanging out in the back of my mind as I try to answer some of the problematic social questions that it raises.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this quick read. This is one of the first pieces of 19th century children's literature that I feel really captures the essence of a child. Lloyd, or the Little Colonel, feels like a real person to me rather than the caricature of a child.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just such a wonderful, sweet story. Classic read right there along with A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. Great chapter book to read to children. I can't help but picture Shirley Temple playing The Little Colonel in the old movie.
Lake Lady
Rereading a classic from not only my childhood but my sister's and even my mothers. Fun to revisit but far more dated than I thought it would be.
cute book.
Donna Doyle
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the book with Shirley Temple on the cover as it also made it into movie. Memories
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, young-adult
I read this book for the same reason I've read most of the books I've read recently - it fulfilled a few categories of the reading challenge. This one is by a local author and is tied to my heritage as it is set near the family farm in Pewee Valley, KY. This book does not stand the test of time. It was written not long after the Civil War and the racism is definitely blatant and not disguised in any way. The dialogue of the Little Colonel, a young girl, was written is some weird dialect that I g ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had seen the movie, but never read the book before. It was a happy day when I found and read it!

I had seen the Shirley Temple movie several times while growing up, but never thought to check to see if there was a book behind the script. I was delighted to find this book. It was a delight to read except for the attempt to capture the Southern Speech with unusual spelling. I will admit that this Western born and raised Yankee had to scratch my head over a few of the words,, but I applaud the aut
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Annie Fellows Johnston (1863-1931) was an American author of children's fiction who wrote the popular "Little Colonel" series, which was the basis for the 1935 Shirley Temple film The Little Colonel. She was born and grew up in McCutchanville, Indiana, a small unincorporated town near Evansville, Indiana.

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The Little Colonel (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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