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Ellen H. (eeeee) reviewed A Girl of the Limberlost (C.B. Charmers) on
Helpful Score: 4
I really enjoyed this book as a girl. A great book for children who enjoyed the Little House and Anne of Green Gables books and are looking for similar historical stories of childhood/adolescence. Porter shows a real appreciation for nature.
This is a classic story that would have taken place back in my Grandmother's or Great Grandmother's times.
Elnora was young backwoods girl who had great dreams of getting a good education in the city nearby yet she had many obstacles to overcome before her dream could and would come to fruition.
The first hurdle was perhaps the most difficult. When she attended her first day of high school, she was keenly aware that she dressed differently from the city girls and to her horror, she discovered that she had to pay her tuition and textbooks. She was forced to become creative in order to earn money and that is how our story begins to unfold.
Elmora was a spirited young woman who could make it in any time era but it was fun to read how an innocent yet strong willed young girl faced personal issues in her day. The core issues such as love, conflicts with Mom, getting along at school, loss of innocence and earning money are still the same, but are very different pictures of the ways young girls face them in today's world.
This is the semi-autobiographical tale of a young girl raised in back-woods poverty by a bitter mother who never recovered from watching her husband drown in a swamp. It is a wonderful and amazingly sweet story that includes drama, conflict and romance. It was written before editors had the clout to demand increasingy edgy writing over simple, honest storytelling. I hope this classic never goes out of print; and am sad that it is apparently being removed from many libraries. While I had previously enjoyed Stratton-Porter's book, "Laddie", (which is a prequel to Girl of the Limberlost) I only recently read this book because of the recommendation of my teenage granddaughter. Once I finished the book, I felt deprived to have missed it in younger years. I hope this book will find a resurgance of it's origional best-seller popluarity with a new generation of readers seeking sincerity over sensalationism.
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.
This is a story to be treasured. A friend told me about this book when I was in my late 20's and I fell in love with it. My daughters have all read it and they loved it as well. It is lovingly worn.