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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

For kids

This was my Form 1 students nature reader for this term.

I didn't like this one as much as the forest people, though still a fun way to introduce a younger audience to nature's many animals. The water spider was fascinating!

A wonderful and truly "living book" that i enjoyed as much as my elementary and middle school children.

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