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Among the Forest People

Clara Dillingham Pierson

Book Overview: 

Another delightful children's book by Clara Dillingham Pierson about various forest animals - what they do, and what they are like. Each one also giving subtle moral and life lessons to young children.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His head, neck, and throat were crimson. To be sure, while[Pg 46] the feathers were growing, the colors were not very bright, for the down was mixed with them, and the quills showed so plainly that the young birds looked rather streaked.

The sisters were getting their new suits at the same time, and there was just as much reason why they should be vain, but they were not. They were glad (as who would not be?) and they often said to each other: "How pretty you are growing!" They looked exactly like their brother, for it is not with the Woodpeckers as with many other birds,—the sons and daughters are dressed in precisely the same way.

As for the vain young Woodpecker, he had many troubles. He was not contented to let his feathers grow as the grass and the leaves grow, without watching. No indeed! He looked at each one every day and a great many times every day. Then, if he thought they were not grow[Pg 47]ing as fast as they should, he wor. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a fantastic book of short stories about the animals and insects that live in the forest. The book subtly takes you through the year, starting in early spring and ending in late winter, while also teaching timeless life lessons through the interesting stories about the different types of crea

Read to my 5 and 6 year old. Somewhere between natural history and fiction. I assumed a 120-year-old book would have a lot of factual mistakes in the claims about animals, but Dillingham Pierson seems to have been a knowledgeable naturalist. If you don't already know a lot about bee reproduction and

Such a cute book! We've been reading this for our natural history curriculum, and I've just found it delightful. Each chapter approaches a different animal, but intertwined with facts about the animal are different principles and virtues. It can actually get quite silly at parts too :) A great read

We loved this sweet book! Each chapter focuses on a different animal character and the kids got a kick out of the humor

3 stars & 3/10 hearts. I was expecting this to be your usual cute, talking-down-to-children, slightly funny story, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was very little patronizing, and the stories were cute and interesting. I didn’t find it a chore at all to read. :) Quite recommended!

A Favourite Q

Excellent nature themed stories for reading to children before bed.

These are quite fun animal tales.

My children enjoyed reading one chapter of this book each week. They were able to narrate it at the end of term so it did make an impression on them.

I read this with my daughter as part of her homeschool curriculum. It was such a joy to share this lovely book with her. We both loved it immensely and are looking forward to starting another from the series, Among the Meadow People, next term.

4.5 ⭐️

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