A Girl of the Limberlost

by Gene Stratton-Porter


5.0 rating
May 4, 2021

This is simply an amazing book. I loved it from start to finish. Elnora is an inspiring heroine. I felt so happy after reading it!

Britney C

Nature and Romance Blended Into a Delightful Story

5.0 rating
April 29, 2021

I bought this book for myself since my children are too young for it. I immediately identified with the main character, and felt her hardships keenly. The descriptions of the beautiful nature in the Limberlost had me mesmerized. There is also a sweet love story for the romantic at heart. I will say that some parts of the book were a little slow and difficult to get through, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Dora Jacobs

Beautiful story

5.0 rating
April 27, 2021

This was such a beautiful story. Although it was a gentle and sometimes slow-moving read, I could not put it down. I first read it as an adult, but I have given it to my high school age daughter to read and I know she will love it too. Some of the characters’ attributes resonated with me and got me very invested in their experience. I would recommend reading it!

Joni G

Beautifully made, and very interesting

5.0 rating
March 22, 2021

I loved this book very much. I think Gene Strallon-Porter did a wonderful job including God, and the beauty of nature in her book. It teaches about honesty, self-reliance, and friendship. I would recommend this book to ANYONE. It also had a good level of emotional interest.

Lillian Brown

Beautiful and Uplifting

5.0 rating
November 20, 2020

In beautifully-rich descriptive language and uplifting moral merit, The Girl of Limberlost, highlights the evolving nature of mankind, especially in the face of circumstance and experience. Through admirable exemplars, truth is illuminated that utilization of righteous agency, despite great adversity, can produce virtue, gentleness, goodness, and perhaps most importantly, the humble and charitable capacity to forgive. This book is a treasure, not only for its captivating imagery, but also for its noble message of the strength of moral character, and how that goodness has the ability to expand and beneficially impact others.

Brynn Stringham
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Level 11

Spurned by her grieving mother since birth, 16-year-old Elnora Comstock finds solace in nature, cultivating a collection of rare moths and other specimens from Indiana’s Limberlost swampland.

Elnora desires above all the love of her unaffectionate mother and an education at the local high school. But without any financial support available, Elnora must rely on her resourcefulness and determination to pay her way through school.

This coming-of-age classic combines fascinating observations on nature with the struggles of growing up at the dawn of the 20th century. Will Elnora be able to earn enough money for her education? Will her mother ever truly love her and recognize that “the only pleasure in this world worth having is the joy we derive from living for those we love”?

329 pages

Clean language version

This book is integrated with the High School 2 Language Arts course.

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