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Among the Pond People

Clara Dillingham Pierson

Book Overview: 

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

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It was a brook that flowed gently over an even bed, else they would never have gone there, for Sticklebacks like quiet waters. When they swam in this little[Pg 34] stream, they met the Brook Trout, who were much larger than they, and who were the most important people there.

Now this Stickleback was a year old and knew much more than he did the summer before. When the alder tassels and pussy willows hung over the edge of the pond in the spring-time, he began to think seriously of life. He was no longer really young, and the days were past in which he was contented to just swim and eat and sleep. It was time he should build a home and raise a family if he wanted to ever be a grandfather. He had a few relatives who were great-grandfathers, and one who was a great-great-grandfather. That does not often happen, because to be a Stickleback Great-great-grandfather, one must be four years old, and few Sticklebacks live to that age.

As he began to thin. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I took my time with this book. I found each little chapter so precious. This is definitely a great read to share with children. I will make sure to get my hands on a translated edition to read to my nephews at some point.

We love the stories by Clara Dillingham Pierson! They don't always have happy endings, because some of the creatures are naughty and reap the natural consequences of their choices. All the tales have a subtle moral that is left for the child to draw out on his own, while painting a picture of the...more

Amusing read made up of morality tales as told via anthropomorphized pond creatures. Some nature facts are woven in but more often than not they aren't explained fully. Young readers would be hard pressed to distinguish the "moral" behaviors from the "natural" behaviors.

They won't care, however....more

Very fun!

Great short stories. Some science, lots of life lessons. Kids loved it. Some of the language was very old fashioned but we got used to it quickly.