Posted 5 years ago
I bought this book for my mom as a Christmas gift in 1988. The is a 1935 copyright date which is the year Shirley Temple and the great actor Lionel Barrymore made the movie version of the book. The following is from a net site about this series of books.
Annie Fellows Johnston, a celebrated author of children's and juvenile fiction from the 1890's until her death in 1931, is best known for her "Little Colonel" series, a semi biographical opus of 13 novels dealing with the aristocracy of old Kentucky, particularly the story of a young girl, who came to be known as "The Little Colonel." Her works sold millions of copies, and were translated into over 40 languages, including Japanese.
Annie first met "The Little Colonel" in the early 1890s, a five year old child whose bully mannerisms seemed to echo the military traits of her grandfather, a former confederate colonel. This inspired a Annie to write the now classic tale first published in 1895. Its popularity was such that soon another story followed, then another and another. Johnston planned to complete the series several times, once after The Little Colonel's House Party, again after The Little Colonel's Knight Comes Riding. Always, public demand compelled Johnston to continue. The last work of the series, The Little Colonel Stories, Part 2, was published only a few months before her passing and over 35 years after the original Little Colonel story. The fame of The Little Colonel peaked in 1935 with the film of the same name starring Shirley Temple & Lionel Barrymore.