A Girl of the Limberlost

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Of all the books written by Hoosier writers, Gene Stratton-Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished. It is the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. In order to pay for her education, she collects moths. Since 1909, when A Girl of the Limberlost was first published, Elnora Comstock has served as a role model for successive generations of young readers. Her beauty of soul and ...
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Overview

Of all the books written by Hoosier writers, Gene Stratton-Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished. It is the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. In order to pay for her education, she collects moths. Since 1909, when A Girl of the Limberlost was first published, Elnora Comstock has served as a role model for successive generations of young readers. Her beauty of soul and love of nature continue to charm readers of all ages.

Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694012862
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Chapter Book Charmers Series
  • Edition description: BK&ACCES
  • Pages: 69
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 6.29 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 -1924) was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some best-selling novels and well-received columns in national magazines, such as McCalls. Her works were translated into several languages, including Braille, and Stratton-Porter was estimated to have 50 million readers around the world. She used her position and income as a well-known author to support conservation of Limberlost Swamp and other wetlands in the state of Indiana. Her novel A Girl of the Limberlost was adapted four times as a film, most recently in 1990 in a made-for-TV version.
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Table of Contents

I Wherein Elnora Goes to High School, and Learns Many Lessons not Found in Her Books 3
II Wherein Wesley and Margaret Go Shopping, and Elnora's Wardrobe Is Replenished 26
III Wherein Elnora Visits the Bird Woman, and Opens a Bank Account 39
IV Wherein the Sintons Are Disappointed, and Mrs. Comstock Learns that She Can Laugh 53
V Wherein Elnora Receives a Warning and Billy Appears on the Scene 82
VI Wherein Mrs. Comstock Indulges in "Frills," and Billy Reappears 99
VII Wherein Mrs. Comstock Manipulates Margaret, and Billy Acquires a Residence 122
VIII Wherein the Limberlost Tempts Elnora, and Billy Buries His Father 155
IX Wherein Elnora Discovers a Violin, and Billy Disciplines Margaret 164
X Wherein Elnora Has More Financial Troubles, and Mrs. Comstock Again Hears the Song of the Limberlost 181
XI Wherein Elnora Graduates, and Freckles and the Angel Send Gifts 205
XII Wherein Margaret Sinton Reveals a Secret, and Mrs. Comstock Possesses the Limberlost 225
XIII Wherein Mother Love Is Bestowed on Elnora, and She Finds an Assistant in Moth Hunting 256
XIV Wherein a New Position Is Tendered Elnora, and Philip Ammon Is Shown Limberlost Violets 276
XV Wherein Mrs. Comstock Faces the Almighty, and Philip Ammon Writes a Letter 291
XVI Wherein the Limberlost Sings for Ammon, and the Talking Trees Tell Great Secrets 309
XVII Wherein Mrs. Comstock Dances in the Moonlight, and Elnora Makes a Confession 323
XVIII Wherein Mrs. Comstock Experiments with Rejuvenation, and Elnora Teaches Natural History 341
XIX Wherein Philip Ammon Gives a Ball in Honour of Edith Carr, and Hart Henderson Appears on the Scene 354
XX Wherein the Elder Ammon Offers Advice, and Edith Carr Experiences Regrets 371
XXI Wherein Philip Ammon Returns to the Limberlost, and Elnora Studies the Situation 382
XXII Wherein Philip Ammon Kneels to the Queen of Love, and Chicago Comes to the Limberlost 402
XXIII Wherein Elnora Reaches a Decision, and Freckles and the Angel Appear 424
XXIV Wherein Edith Carr Wages a Battle, and Hart Henderson Stands Guard 439
XXV Wherein Philip Finds Elnora, and Edith Carr Offers a Yellow Emperor 454
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    A Review of A Girl of The Limberlost

    I read this book as part of an independent reading project at school. My mother read it when she was a girl and her mother read it before her. Elnora Comstock goes to her first day of high school wearing an old calico dress and clunky high topped shoes. She quickly learns that she has to pay tuition and buy books with her own money. Elnora learns she can earn money by collecting moths, butterflies, and insects. She does this for four years and the results are exciting. At school she learns about an insturment called the violin and is able to play it without any lessons. To find notes she mimics the sounds she hears in the Limberlost. Although the book was written in 1909, it has a wonderful plot and is very interesting in its facts. I learned that things we take for granted today were much harder to get in that time. Elnora's appearance was just as important to her as it is to girls today. In order to have a new dress,the fabric and pattern had to be washed and ironed,pieces cut out, and sewn by hand.Throughout the first part of the book,Elnora has to struggle every day to get along with her mother. Elnora knows that she can depend on Uncle Wesley and Aunt Margaret Sinton to help her out when she's in trouble. But when Elnora's mother learns the truth about a long held secret about her husband's death, things change dramatically. The book was very intersting because it's written using words and phrases we don't use anymore. It is a good source of vocabulary words.This 479page novel seems long at first, but once you get going you forget about the length and enjoy the story a lot. I loved this story and plan to read more books by this author.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    WONDERFUL STORY- Horrible proof reading

    This is such a lovely story but because it was not edited after it was scanned, the story is hard to follow in some places. The text is missing on some spots and some words look like this E)h0$a...so that sort of takes away from the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2011

    Timeless Classic

    Gene Stratton-Porter knew how to write a book that catches the heart of the reader. I started reading her books 40+ years ago and have re-read them many times. I had to get a copy for my new Nook. She was the first author that I put on my nook and will probably read many more times. The story between mother and daughter and the misunderstandings are classic and happens in any time period. I love the way she wrote with very descriptive phrases and her knowledge of moths and nature was amazing. A wonderful classic to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would put more exclamation points, but mmy hands tired.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Beautiful Book! a good read

    This book is wonderfully old fashioned, and can sometimes be little difficult to understand at first, but if you give it a try, confusing language and all, you will discover a wonderfull story. An inspiring tale about one girls pure quality, strength, endurance, and change from a lonely girl to a hopefull woman. i love it. My grandmother read it to me when I was young and it's been in my heart ever sense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    girl of the limberlost review

    What an absolutely captivating book. After reading the first two pages I was a little unsure of the book, due to older style of language, and a lack of background information. However, by the end of the first chapter, I didn't want to put this book down. I fell in love with the character of Elnora Comstock....what a brave and amazing character! Kate Comstock (Elnora's mother) as well as the stintons are equally as important, and valuable to the story. What an amazing book! I have read many books both in and out of school, and i find that this is one of my most cherished reads. In my oppinion, this should be added to the required reading list for older high school students, or college students. If more people would read books like the girl of the limberlost, i think that it would show people how wonderful reading is! This is an easy to read book, in language, and in content. Don't miss this great find!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    classic must read

    Veery good. I read this book because it is my Grandmother's favorite book. So glad that I did!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    A Girl of the Limberlost

    This is such a sweet book! The style resembles L.M.Montgomery's a little... This book speaks to the heart. It is simple and unaffected. It is completely pure of all the trash that you find in most children's books today. I would definitely recommend for any age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Highly recommed fir Highly recommend for all ages

    I got this book for my 11 year old daughter and decided to look at it, well i couldnt put it down! Excellent read- redemptive and uplifting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Amazing book

    Amazing

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Recommended

    A quaint country girl living a simple life, with amazing insights to knowledge of insects and life in the swamp and Limberlost. The story is also about relationships and long time suffering.....and over coming adversity. When I asked my mother what her favorite book was when she was young, she said, "The Girl of the Limberlost". That was back in the 1960's when I was a child.

    SAMR93

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Check it out. I recommend it!

    This book is a gentle, interesting look at the story of a girl who finds a way to go to high school despite her bitter mother's wishes. On the first day she learns that tuition is required of the country students. That and she dresses so unfashionably she is made fun of. She lives in a shrinking wet land and has always collected moths. By her can-do spirit and her ability to make friends, she perseveres. The first step is to sell moth specimens, many of which are very rare. This book takes a naive look at deep problems of bitterness, hurt, and human nature. Nevertheless, I liked it because it is a snapshot of early life. I learned a little bit about wet lands and the disappearance of rare timber, wildlife in Indiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    an enjoyable read and interesting, too.

    I thought A Girl of the Limberlost was an enjoyable read and kept me reading. I learned much about moths in the process. Loved the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    READ THIS BOOK!

    LOVED THE BOOK. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Classic

    Great if you like adventure and classics!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Great book bad copy

    I read this book when i was a girl and thought it was amazing so naturaly when i found that it was in the nook store for free but this copy has many typos and is hard to read

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Wonderful book

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The author did a great job of developing the characters over the years and I enjoyed watching them grow. I wish there was a sequal so I can find out what happens next. I also felt like I had a better understanding of early 1900's after I finished the book. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    wonderful nostalgic read...makes you want to hunt moths

    After reading some dark, compelling books by Laura Lippman I bought and reread this book to calm myself down. A much-loved book as a girl, this book takes you back to a much simpler time. The story makes you want to see the beautiful moths described in the book and you root for the girl who starts out with nothing, including a bitter mother who resents the daughter for living.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Great Book!

    I never write reviews and I read a lot of books.............this one is awesome and I will definitely re-read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

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    Neat example of an old fashioned book

    When I read "A Girl of the Limberlost," I did not know it was published in 1909. But I wondered after a few chapters because the writing reminded me of books such as Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, even The Secret Garden.
    The heroine lives with her mother, who does not love her because she associates the girl with her father's death. She is very poor, lives a rough life, but loves the woods and swamp around her. Eventually, though force of personality and good heartedness, she earns the trust and affection of even the snobbiest girls at school, and grows up into a strong and fair minded young woman. The path to this is interesting and not easy, so I won't spoil any more of it.

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