copyright 1922; "Shirley Temple Edition"; A.L. Burt Company publishers, New York; hardbound; illustrated with photos from the movie, starring Shirley Temple and Lionel Barrymore; very good condition with unmarked pages and very minimal page ageing; blue boards with black lettering and illustration very good; dust jacket good with minor edge wear and clipped price.
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 Sherman, the Little Colonel.
In Lloydsburg, Kentucky, in the 1870's, Colonel Lloyd tries to stop his granddaughter Elizabeth from eloping with Jack Sherman, who fought for the North. When he fails to dissuade her, he warns that should she leave, she will never be welcome in his house. The couple elopes, and after six years of life in Philadelphia, they come West to seek their fortune. At a frontier outpost, their daughter Lloyd is declared an honorary colonel.
Jack goes off to prospect for gold, while Elizabeth, with Lloyd, returns to the cottage her mother left her in Lloydsburg. Colonel Lloyd, upon learning that he has a new neighbor, brings flowers as a welcoming gift, but when he sees that the neighbor is his daughter, he throws the flowers down and leaves without a word. After she sees her mother crying, Lloyd learns about the past from the cook, Mom Beck, who points out that all the Lloyds are stubborn. The doctor convinces Elizabeth to overcome her pride and send Lloyd to live with the colonel until Jack gets well, but after a confrontation with her grandfather, Lloyd wants to go home. When a representative from the Union Pacific Railroad visits Jack and offers $5,000 for the right-of-way through his property, Jack excitedly sends Elizabeth to the bank to get the deed. Swazey and his partner Hull arrive while she is away and try to buy the deed for what Jack paid them. Jack refuses and they wait for Elizabeth's return. Lloyd comes back to the house and overhears Swazey threaten to kill her father. She then runs through the scary woods to find her grandfather at the overseer's house, but he refuses to help until she calls him a wicked, hateful old man and says that she never wants to see him again. He then rides back with her, and they arrive just as Swazey gets the deed from Elizabeth. The colonel shoots a gun out of Hull's hand and turns the pair over to the sheriff. He then hugs his daughter and shakes hands with Jack. At a celebration that follows, Lloyd gives the colonel the Confederate salute, and he returns the Union one.