Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

Elnora Comstock is a young girl raised by a mother whom she believes doesn’t love her. The mother is holds back love because of the death of her husband many years ago, the truth of which she doesn’t really know. Elnora wants to go to school and be like the other girls but her mother refuses to give her any money or even moral support. Resourceful, Elnora finds a way to attend school and buy books and appropriate clothing through selling the treasures of the Limberlost, the land on which she and her mother live. Elnora is a bright, beautiful, intelligent girl who becomes friends with many in the town. Still, she aches for her mother’s love. I love this story. I have read it many times and it is battered and bruised on my shelf. Probably a long forgotten tale, girls will love it and mothers will find hope at forgiveness from their mistakes. If only all our girls could be as resourceful, forgiving and strong as Elnora.

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