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Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter

Nature'sby Barbara Olenyik Morrow

As a young girl growing up in the 1860s on a Wabash County farm, Geneva Grace Stratton received a wondrous gift from her father, who declared that all birds on the farm belonged to her. “I was the friend and devoted champion of every bird that nested in the garden, on the fences, on the ground, in the bushes, in the dooryard, or in the orchard trees,” she noted years later.

From these early beginnings, Gene Stratton-Porter found a purpose for her life – sharing the outdoors with others through writing and photography. She used her popularity to campaign for conservation, and some claimed she was as influential as President Theodore Roosevelt in igniting public interest in wildlife causes.

This seventh volume in the IHS Press’s youth biography series examines her early life from exploring the treacherous Limberlost Swamp in north­eastern Indiana to her development as an enormously popular writer.


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