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Among the Night People

Clara Dillingham Pierson

Book Overview: 

No need to be afraid of the dark - here is a wonderful collection of stories about the creatures and personalities who live at night and sleep in the day.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I saw him. Yet nearly all the trouble that Raccoons have is on account of their fur. Never try to show it off."

The time came for the young Raccoons to stop drinking milk from their mother's body, and when they tried to do so she only walked away from them.

"I cannot work so hard to care for you," said she. "I am so tired and thin, now, that my skin is loose, and you must find your own food. You are getting forty fine teeth apiece, and I never saw a better lot of claws on any Raccoon family, if I do say it."

They used to go hunting together, for it is the custom for Raccoons to go in parties of from five to eight, hunt all night, and then hide somewhere until the next night. They did not always come home at sunrise, and it made a pleasant change to sleep in different trees. One day they[Pg 38] all cuddled down in the hollow of an old maple, just below where the branches come out. Mother Raccoon had climbed the tree first and was curle. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Among the Night People is a cleverly written book for children about wildlife and their nighttime habits. We enjoyed it, but would have appreciated a little more depth and detail.

Enjoyable nature read aloud with the kids.

Not as good as some of the other ones, but still a great way to introduce children to different animals. Some of these chapters felt a little long for reading aloud compared to some of her other books.

Chapters are a bit longer in this book as opposed to some of the others in the series. Still wonderful but take note if you have younger, antsier listeners

This has been an adventure from beginning to end! So many lovely characters, and more importantly, lessons to be learned! I'd have to say my favorite stories would be The Nigh Moths Party and both of the ones about the Raccoons.

Still kind of in awe at the way these animal characters are totally true to their animal natures while simultaneously being totally true to human nature... If you like old-fashioned animal stories with little bits of lessons and morals layered in, you should definitely check out this series. :)


Vert cute, well-written stories that appeal to all ages.

I am looking for good literature for my kindergarten-age son. He loves nature and amusing stories and I feel this book is perfect for him. I myself enjoyed reading it and learned little tidbits of information about nocturnal animals.

All of Pierson's nature books are must-reads to get kids interested in the natural world. She really brings animals to life in these books. Such fun!

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