MANY of these stories of field life were written for the
little ones of my kindergarten, and they gave so much
pleasure, and aroused such a new interest in "the meadow
people," that it has seemed wise to collect and add to the
original number and send them out to a larger circle of boys
All mothers and teachers hear the cry for "just one more,"
and find that there are times when the bewitching tales of
animals, fairies, and "really truly" children are all
exhausted, and tired imagination will not supply another. In
selecting the tiny creatures of field and garden for the
characters in this book, I have remembered with pleasure the
way in which my
 loyal pupils befriended stray crickets and
grasshoppers, their intense appreciation of the new realm of
fancy and observation, and the eagerness and attention with
which they sought Mother Nature, the most wonderful and
tireless of all story-tellers.
CLARA DILLINGHAM PIERSON.
April 8th, 1897.