Song of the Pines

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1954 printing

Song of the Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin is a children's historical novel which was written by the husband and wife team of Walter and Marion Havighurst.

Song of the Pines (Philadelphia, PA: John C. Winston Company; first edition. 1949) was part of the "Land of the Free" series of children's books. The book highlighted the contribution of Norwegian immigrants to the Wisconsin logging industry. The book focuses on the story of a 15-year-old orphan named Nils who emigrates to America in the 1850s. Nils is a trained knife sharpener who sets up a business making cant hooks, a traditional logging tool. The novel was edited by Erick Berry and illustrated by the artist Richard Floethe (1901-1988). First published in 1949, it became a Newbery Honor recipient in 1950. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


  1. ^ Heather Idoni (October 29, 2011). "Land of the Free Series". My Favorite Children's Books. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Land of the Free Series". The John C. Winston Company. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Newbery Companion by John Thomas Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden, Libraries Unlimited, 2001 page 167
  4. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  5. ^ Mary Adair Dockery. "Richard Floethe, Artist/Illustrator". Stephen Floethe. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Schmidt, Gary D. (2013) Making Americans: Children's Literature from 1930 to 1960 (University of Iowa Press) ISBN 9781609382216
  • Silvey, Anita (ed) (2002) The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ISBN 9780547348896