I adore it even now, but I no longer use it as my comfort read, and other books have joined my ‘favorites’ list. It definitely has the power to make me smile and cry and remember being a bookworm of a little girl, entranced equally by the power of words and the joy of nature.
Elnora Comstock’s first day at high school is a disaster. The other students laugh at her clothes, and then—to make matters worse—she learns she has to pay for her books and tuition. But her mother has never been able to show Elnora any real love, and she refuses to part with money for “foolishness.”
Just when everything seems hopeless, Elnora hatches a plan to use the treasures of the Limberlost, the swampy forest near her home, to pay for her education. While hunting for and selling moths and other rare biological specimens, Elnora gradually uncovers the forest’s many mysteries, including a dark secret about her father and the key to the love her mother has hidden from her for so long.
A wonderful turn-of-the-century novel of discovery of identity, wonders of nature, friendship, family trust, love, and the process of growing up in the magical shadow of the Limberlost.