Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter is considered a classic – perhaps because it’s got a little bit of all the things that make a classic, a classic. Beauty, romance, tragedy, mystery and adventure are woven into this tale about an orphan who learns to love, and be loved. Freckles is a young man who takes on the task of guarding a swamp filled with precious timber. The story is of the battle with, and victory over, his fear of the swamp, as well as his past. Also an intrinsic part of the tale are the young woman called Swamp Angel, who teaches the boy of love and perseverance; the sturdy Duncan family, who watch over Freckles as their own; and the Bird Woman, who helps open Freckles’ eyes to the awesomeness of creation. One of the things that I enjoy about Stratton-Porter’s books is the fascinating nature lore that she weaves all through her works. Her books always give me a deeper appreciation and desire to spend more time noticing and contemplating the handiwork of God.