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A Girl of the Limberlost (Classic Edition)
     

A Girl of the Limberlost (Classic Edition)

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by Gene Stratton-Porter
 

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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: the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora attends school against her mother's wishes, fighting every inch of the way for her dream of an education, and

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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: the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora attends school against her mother's wishes, fighting every inch of the way for her dream of an education, and collects and sells moths and other rare biological specimens from the swamp to pay for her schooling, books, and bare necessities. At first a laughingstock of her fellow students, Elnora persists against unfair odds, and asserts her true self. Gene Stratton-Porter's "A Girl of the Limberlost" provides a wonderful discovery of identity, wonders of nature, friendship, family trust, love, and the process of growing up in the magical shadow of the Limberlost. Elnora's struggles can be related to by any girl today, and her triumph is purely her own. A lovely theme in the book allows each character to come to life as a caterpillar, spend a time in a cocoon, then emerge finally as a beautiful moth. Elnora's mother's transformation is particularly splendid. The ecological concerns of the novel convince the reader that our "modern" problems are mere variations on a theme. The fresh foray into a simpler, if not nobler, time-and the reverence for hard work, creativity, and strict moral standards--are refreshing. In the words of one reviewer, "Shelve Titanic, and read Gene Stratton-Porter's book instead."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492210467
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/22/2013
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
604,229
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(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.[1] 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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A Girl of the Limberlost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SAMR93 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Veery good. I read this book because it is my Grandmother's favorite book. So glad that I did!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Amazing
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NmoNoMo More than 1 year ago
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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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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