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Wisconsin Forest Tales

book cover

"Wisconsin Forest Tales" by Julia Pferde-
hirt and Pamela Harden


Wisconsin Forest Tales is a historical fiction book in which author Julia Pferdehirt and illustrator Pamela Harden share glimpses of forest history and life over the past 150 years.

The book was produced through a partnership between the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin; Learning, Experiences and Activities in Forestry (LEAF), Wisconsin's K-12 forestry education program; and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry. Funding was provided by the Wisconsin DNR-Division of Forestry, a 2003-2004 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board [exit DNR] and LEAF [PDF].

Chapter activities and scripts

Click on the titles below to get a PDF file of each chapter, which you can print for student reading assignments. Each chapter also has an accompanying activity (developed by LEAF) and a Readers Theater script.

2004 Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2004107492; ISBN: 1-931599-47-5; All rights reserved. Permission is granted for educators to print copies of the book chapters for class reading assignments. Otherwise, no part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from the publisher.


Picture of Julia PferdehirtJulia Pferdehirt says she has one of the best jobs in the world. She believes that stories, whether true or fanciful, bring history to life. Wisconsin Forest Tales is her third book about Wisconsin for young readers. Teachers and students may have enjoyed reading her other books Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin and They Came to Wisconsin.

As a writer and professional storyteller, Julia visits schools and libraries across Wisconsin. Among her programs is Jack Tales, a collection of true stories and "tall tales" from the history of logging and lumberjacks. Other programs include author visits, writing workshops, stories of the underground railroad in Wisconsin and "In Their Own Words," which are first-person stories of Wisconsin immigrants.

Ms. Pferdehirt may be contacted at 608-836-7426 or via email at Her postal address is 7426 Elmwood Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562.

Picture of Pamela HardenPamela Harden has been an illustrator for the past 20 years in England and the United States. Her work appears in books as well as numerous regional, travel and children's magazines. An avid cyclist, she resides in rural Wisconsin with her husband, Chris, and their Scottish terrier, Mac Duff.

Last revised: Wednesday January 25 2017