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New translations of classic Danish nature stories

Carl Ewald's children's stories are now available in modern translations!

Ideas to engage young readers and bring these stories to more children in an educational setting

Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Librarians


"I enjoyed reading them very much. I particularly liked the individual personalities of the anthropomorphized plants and animals, so delightfully revealed through their words and behaviors ('show, don’t tell'). I appreciated that Ewald stuck to what they would actually do, and didn’t just use them as cartoons representing what people would do."

"I like the conversation with A touch of humor throughout the book. I could see myself with hands on my hips doing the female spider with her sassy outlook on life. Earth science teachers might use them as starters in class or to make a point followed by a lesson."

 I am delighted that this book opens up a window into the wild, in a world that is increasingly urbanized. I am very pleased that children (and their parents) are provided with such a tangible link to nature: with plants and animals talking to each other, exploring their own microcosm. This virtually prescient view from 100 years ago anticipated what modern science is discovering today: how plants and animals communicate."

"The stories are captivating, and engage the reader with the intimate relationships in real-life encounters of plants and animals."

Carl Ewald's nature stories are increasingly relevant to the child's curiosity about how nature works! 

What makes female spiders so strange?

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Who was Carl Ewald?


He was controversial in his day.

Bill Zucker is an American who studied in Denmark and realized its great contribution to the education of children. 

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Modern translations brought to us by...


Additional thoughts and musings regarding raising children, nature, and education.

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