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Friday, April 17, 2015

LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE

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LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE AND THE GILA MONSTER GANG by Harold Gray

A story based on the famous newspaper strip.

First Line: "Little Orphan Annie sat down wearily on a big stone at the side of the little mountain road, dropping down beside her the big bandanna handkerchief which held her few possessions."

End Line: "So, busily planning ahead to a far-off time when she could return, she went back, for the short time she was sure was left, to the little white house that in a few days more than a week had come as close to being a home as any place she had ever been, and to the kindly white-haired man whom she had come to regard as her very own uncle."

That was one long sentence to type and to read. I read this book in grade school and still get an weird independent feeling, in my gut, each time I read the first chapter. You would think I would feel sad or lost. Nope. 

It's awesome how rereading old friends takes you back to good old feelings. 

(I changed my mind and decided to use Little Orphan Annie instead of another of my short stories.) 

11 comments:

  1. Rereading old friends is often like coming home - in the best possible sense of the word.

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  2. I've never read LOA....not even the comics in the paper.

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  3. I've never read it but seen plenty of the movie versions

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  4. A wonderful story.

    I have a few stories I read again because I miss the characters.

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  5. Wow--those are some long lines. Little Orphan Annie freaked me out as a kid because the people in the comic strip had no pupils. To this day I have a mental block for the story.

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  6. Wow--those are some long lines. Little Orphan Annie freaked me out as a kid because the people in the comic strip had no pupils. To this day I have a mental block for the story.

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  7. Hi Teresa - what a great memory from those days gone by - I do feel sad .. yet feel she's had a good time and maybe more to come .. fascinating read .. cheers Hilary

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  8. I didn't know that was Annie's very humble beginnings.

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  9. The power of nostalgia. Hollywood is on to how profitable it is. :)

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  10. She definitely had some pluck but if all the sentences are like that I would get quite weary myself!

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