By Pond and River Bundle


By Pond and River is the second book in a much-loved and delightful series of natural history lessons for children, first published in the late nineteenth century by Arabella Buckley. The narrative follows the seasonal exploits of friends Peter, Peggy, and Paul as they navigate the wonders of the natural world, making discoveries and building relationships with the flowers and animals through first-hand observation.

In this book the three friends learn about the plants, animals, and wildlife that make their homes by the ponds and rivers across country—wildlife, such as frogs, kingfishers, water voles, mayflies, water lilies, and so much more.

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By Pond and River, by Arabella Buckley

Short chapters, simple language, and a narrative interwoven within the settings of a story makes By Pond and River a popular natural history lesson text for home educating parents and students the world over, particularly among those using a Charlotte Mason educational philosophy in their homes. This new edition has been lightly edited to bring it up to date for students of the twenty-first century.

As an aid to accompany the text, we highly recommend Natural History Pictures for a Living Education: By Pond and River, a compilation of photographs exclusively arranged for use alongside the book. Footnotes are littered throughout By Pond and River, indicating when a picture is available to supplement the text.

Natural History Pictures for a Living Education: By Pond and River

Enhance your students’ learning and arouse interest in the wonders and phenomena of the natural world with Natural History Pictures for a Living Education: By Pond and River, featuring over one hundred high definition photographs of pond and river life.

Let the words you read come alive and be amazed by the immense depth and breadth of God’s creation, as your eyes examine the incredible metamorphosis of tadpole to frog; the birth of a dragonfly; the intricate nature of a coot’s feet; and the variety of design in water creatures of all shapes and sizes.

Through the use of this book your student’s eyes shall be opened more widely; their attention to detail refined; their zest to seek out the objects of their education will be more pronounced. Nothing can be more important to the young naturalist than the knowledge he gains for himself whilst making decided observations in the field, but to ensure a full-bodied representation of the subjects in focus whilst reading from his lesson books, our Natural History Pictures for a Living Education series is curated to do just that.

Intended to be used alongside the reading of By Pond and River, by Arabella Buckley, as published by Charlotte Mason Beehive, all pictures are related to the narrative of the Form I Natural History reader and footnotes are littered throughout the lesson book text to highlight when a particular image is available to enhance the lesson.

Printed on 200 gsm glossy paper, the series is spiral bound for ease of use, and all pictures are clearly labelled.

Additional information

Book Type



Paperback, Spiral Bound

By Pond and River Page count

43 pages

Natural History Pictures Page count

58 pages

By Pond and River Print Product Size

A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in. / 148 x 210 mm)

Natural History Pictures Print Product Size

A4 Landscape (11.69 x 8.27 in. / 29.7 x 21 cm)

Natural History Pictures Paper

200 gsm gloss

First published

May 2022


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