Everything you need to understand or teach Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter.
Porter's love of nature is evident; contact with nature brings out the best in her characters. McLean has recognized the swamp's superiority to the city and renounced his family's mercantile business to become a lumberman. Their studies in the swamp make the Bird Woman and the Swamp Angel compassionate and relatively uninhibited by artificial social conventions. For Freckles, the Limberlost provides both an education and a test of character.
Even Black Jack is more courageous and less evil than his fellow outlaws as a result of his lifetime in the swamp.
Because of its positive influence, Porter suggests that the Limberlost should be cherished and preserved.
Freckles is a novel in the Horatio Alger tradition. A boy of unknown parentage demonstrates superlative virtue, winning influential friends through whose concern his family background is investigated and he is identified as the long-lost nephew of an Irish nobleman. Thus Freckles combines...