The Pond and Stream Companion

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Enjoy teaching early elementary science with Arthur Ransome’s wonderful living science book, Pond and Stream and this companion volume filled with corresponding nature study ideas, simple projects, additional book suggestions from your library, and more! Grades 1–3 See full description →

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Enjoy teaching early elementary science with interesting living stories, nature study, and hands-on experiences!

Your students will love the gentle nature stories and the playful family relationships that are woven throughout Arthur Ransome’s wonderful living science book, Pond and Stream. And now you can easily expand on his story with the simple science ideas suggested in this companion handbook.


Learn more from Pond and Stream with these

    • Easy nature study ideas
    • Simple projects with handy materials
    • Fun nature notebook suggestions
    • Beautiful poetry that reflects the plants or animal studied
    • Additional non-twaddle book suggestions to find at your library
    • Gentle lesson plans to use at your own pace

Help your child explore the fascinating world of nature that lives around ponds, streams, and lakes!

Book List for The Pond and Stream Companion

For the entire study

  • Pond and Stream by Arthur Ransome
  • Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
  • Nature notebook, one for each person
  • Field guide for amphibians
  • Field guide for flowers
  • Field guide for birds
  • The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock (optional)

For specific lessons

  • About Habitats: Wetlands by Cathryn Sill
  • Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian Heinz
  • Pond by Gordon Morrison (optional for 3rd grade)
  • Squish! A Wetland Walk by Nancy Luenn (optional; out of print)
  • Ducks Don’t Get Wet by Augusta Goldin
  • Frogs by Nic Bishop
  • About Amphibians: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
  • Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell
  • Life of the Snail by Theres Buholzer (optional for 3rd grade)
  • The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • A Little Guide to Wild Flowers by Charlotte Voake (optional)
  • About Fish: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
  • Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker
  • Think of an Eel by Karen Wallace OR Ellie & Ollie Eel: A Tale of a Fantastic Voyage by Suzanne Tate
  • Seagull by the Shore: The Story of a Herring Gull by Vanessa Giancamilli Birch (out of print) OR Gulls…Gulls…Gulls… by Gail Gibbons
  • Henry the Impatient Heron by Donna Love
  • Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
  • Whistling Wings by Laura Goering
  • Swan Flyway: The Tundra Swan by Dana Limpert (optional; out of print)
  • Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale by Jennifer Keats Curtis
  • Otter On His Own: The Story of a Sea Otter by Doe Boyle (optional; out of print)
  • Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl by Bruce Hiscock
  • Molly the Owl: The True Story of a Common Barn Owl That Ends Up Being Not So Common After All by Eric Blehm (optional; out of print)
  • Screech Owl at Midnight Hollow by C. Drew Lamm (optional; out of print)
  • The Brook Book by Jim Arnosky (optional; out of print)

Additional Information

Weight.26 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × .125 in




E-book, Stapled


Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

5 reviews for The Pond and Stream Companion

  1. Emily

    This is a super good resource. However, I’m wondering if I have the wrong edition of Pond and Stream. The cover looks different than the picture on the companion, and the pages and chapters in the companion don’t match up at all with my pond and stream book.

  2. Emily

    Maybe I’m just having brain fog. But the pages and chapters in the online book don’t line up with the companion either.. I imagine normally it would be pretty simple to figure it all out but it’s confusing to me today….

  3. Karen Smith

    Emily, Pond and Stream by Arthur Ransome is available for download from both a website dedicated to Arthur Ransome’s works and The chapters should line up for either of those. The page numbers given in The Pond and Stream Companion refer to the page numbers on the original book files on the Arthur Ransome website. We included the page numbers and a starting sentence and ending sentence for each day’s reading from Pond and Stream so no matter which version someone downloaded they could easily find what to read.

  4. Melissa

    This is a really great resource, but I didn’t realize when purchasing it that there was a rather long list of complementary books needed that I would need to hunt down at the library or purchase. I suppose you could do without these supplements, but it would be pretty meager without them.

  5. Tedi-Lea

    Fantastic study with my 7 year old. We started it as a spring-fall study, which is perfect timing to catch all the creatures studied. He was so fascinated we have lingered and supplemented every topic with more library/on-line resources. Only half through and plan to do second half next spring-fall.

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