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Among the Meadow People

Clara Dillingham Pierson

Book Overview: 

Lovely book of nature written for children by teacher and naturalist Clara Dillingham Pierson. This book in the "Among the People" series explores the animal inhabitants of the meadow and garden.

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Book Excerpt: 
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In one of the Ant-hills in the highest part of the meadow, were a lot of young Ants talking together. "I," said one, "am going to be a soldier, and drive away anybody who comes to make us trouble. I try biting hard things every day to make my jaws strong, so that I can guard the home better."

"I," said another and smaller Ant, "want to be a worker. I want to help build and repair the home. I want to get the food for the family, and feed38 the Ant babies, and clean them off when they crawl out of their old coats. If I can do those things well, I shall be the happiest, busiest Ant in the meadow."

"We don't want to live that kind of life," said a couple of larger Ants with wings. "We don't mean to stay around the Ant-hill all the time and work. We want to use our wings, and then you may be very sure that you won't see us around home any more."

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Community Reviews

This was Jacob’s science read aloud.

This one is perhaps the best in the series for the youngest listeners or readers. The chapters/stories are short. And of course, anything by this author is enjoyable.

We read this for our Nature Lore for the first two terms of this year. Cute little stories about “the meadow people” that made us laugh out loud and also ponder life. We’ll take a break from this series and pick another one of her clever books for next year!

This series is a favorite read aloud in our family. Mom and kids alike enjoy these cute little stories.

Cute little kids book about the Meadow People (butterflies, grasshoppers, spiders, snakes and frogs) - with little lessons within each story to remind you what happens if you are a cranky gossip and how it is better to be kind and pleasant.

This is a collection of fable which is good for both children and adults. The writer tries to bring oir mind to the imagination " what if I were a cricket? a frog? a snake?" and other animals. Have you ever wondered what those animals think about you as a human? Have you evervwondered what they spea

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