New Release Books by Thornton W Burgess

Thornton W Burgess is the author of Old Granny Fox (2022), LIGHTFOOT THE DEER By Thornton W. Burgesthornton W. Burgess Annotated Edition (2021), Mother West Wind "Where" Stories "Annotated" (2021), The Burgess Bird Book for Children (2021) and other 143 books.

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Old Granny Fox

release date: Sep 27, 2022
Old Granny Fox
Old Granny Fox is a wise teacher to her young grandson, Reddy Fox. However, Reddy is not such a good student and has a lot of lessons to learn from Old Granny Fox if he will survive in the wild. This non-illustrated edition of Thornton W. Burgess'' classic tale is a perfect book for young readers, or bedtime stories for children to listen and imagine as they hear the lessons in this classic book. Thornton W. Burgess was well known for being the Bedtime Story-Man of his time, and he spent over 50 years writing for a newspaper column called Bedtime Stories. Keep the story of Old Granny Fox going for generations to come!

LIGHTFOOT THE DEER By Thornton W. Burgesthornton W. Burgess Annotated Edition

release date: Sep 30, 2021
LIGHTFOOT THE DEER By Thornton W. Burgesthornton W. Burgess Annotated Edition
Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874-1965) was a conservationist and author of children''s stories. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, "Bedtime Stories." Lightfoot the Deer is one of Burgess''s Green Forest Series of books for children. lightfoot, a young deer, has adventures with many of his forest friends, including Danny Meadow Mouse, Peter Rabbit, Jumper the Hare, and many others.v

Mother West Wind "Where" Stories "Annotated"

release date: Apr 29, 2021
Mother West Wind "Where" Stories "Annotated"
Thornton W. Burgess was a bird-watching, berry-picking student of nature, who took up writing children''s stores including those collected in Old Mother West Wind "Where" Stories (1918). He writes about talking animals, but his characters remain true to their real-life counterparts. Each story explains how Old Mother Nature gives special attention to each creature''s needs -- where Grandfather Frog got his big mouth, for example, and where Mr. Quack the duck got his webbed feet. Burgess sets his tales "when the world was young," back when Peter Rabbit''s "great-great-ever-so-great grandfather" was a young hopper, and Old Mother Nature still had some work to do on basic designs. She sees that a duck needs webbed feet to swim, and a prairie dog needs a burrow designed to keep dry. Burgess''s animals are proud of their unique features and abilities, but the real voice of enthusiasm is the author''s own, sharing the delights he found in the woods of New England. Typical of the book''s charm is the story of where "Dippy the loon got the name of being crazy." The bird is smarter than he looks -- and that''s how Dippy always gets the last laugh.

The Burgess Bird Book for Children

release date: Apr 20, 2021
The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Book Excerpt: ...Y HAS A GOOD WORD FOR SOME SPARROWS The Song, White-throated and Fox Sparrows.IV CHIPPY, SWEETVOICE AND DOTTY The Chipping, Vesper and Tree Sparrows.V PETER LEARNS SOMETHING HE HADN''T GUESSED The Bluebird and the Robin.VI AN OLD FRIEND IN A NEW HOME The Phoebe and the Least Flycatcher.VII THE WATCHMAN OF THE OLD ORCHARD The Kingbird and the Great Crested Flycatcher.VIII OLD CLOTHES AND OLD HOUSES The Wood Peewee and Some Nesting Places.IX LONGBILL AND TEETER The Woodcock and the Spotted Sandpiper.X REDWING AND YELLOW WING The Red-winged Blackbird and the Golden-winged Flicker.XI DRUMMERS AND CARPENTERS The Downy, Hairy and Red-headed Woodpeckers.XII SOME UNLIKE RELATIVES The Cowbird and the Baltimore Oriole.XIII MORE OF THE BLACKBIRD FAMILY The Orchard Oriole and the Bobolink.XIV BOB WHITE AND CAROL THE MEADOW LARK The So-called Quail and the Meadow Lark.XV A SWALLOW AND ONE WHO ISN''T The Tree Swallow and the Chimn..

Mother West Wind ''Where'' Stories

release date: Apr 18, 2021
Mother West Wind ''Where'' Stories
Book Excerpt: ...y and study what he gwine to do to live well and be happy. He watched his neighbors to see what they did, and it didn''t take him long to find out that if he would be respected he must have a home. Those without homes were mostly no ''count folks, same as they are today."So Brer Rat made a nest close to the trunk of a tree on the edge of the Green Forest, a soft, warm nest, and in collectin'' the stuff to make it of he learned the joy of bein'' busy. Person''ly, yo'' understand, Ah thinks he was all wrong. Ah never am so happy as when Ah can take a sun-bath with nothin'' to do. But Brer Rat was never so happy as when he was busy, and when he got that li''l nest finished time began to hang heavy on his hands. Yes, Suh, it cert''nly did. Just because he didn''t have anything else to do he began to add a little more to his house. One day he stepped on a thorn. ''Ouch!'' cried Brer Rat, and then right away forgot the pain in a new idea. He would cover his house with thorns, leavin'' just a little secret entrance for h..

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer

release date: Apr 16, 2021
The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer
Book Excerpt: ...him, little chills which jolly, round, bright Mr. Sun cannot chase away, though he shine his brightest. All night as well as all day the Spirit of Fear searches out the little people of the Green Meadows and the Green Forest. It will not let them sleep. It will not let them eat in peace. It drives them to seek new hiding-places and then drives them out of those. It keeps them ever ready to fly or run at the slightest sound.Peter Rabbit was thinking of this as he sat at the edge of the dear Old Briar-patch, looking over to the Green Forest. The Green Forest was no longer just green; it was of many colors, for Old Mother Nature had set Jack Frost to painting the leaves of the maple-trees and the beech-trees, and the birch-trees and the poplar-trees and the chestnut-trees, and he had done his work well. Very, very lovely were the reds and yellows and browns against the dark green of the pines and the spruces and the hemlocks. The Purple Hills were more softly purple than at any other season of the year...

THE ADVENTURES OF REDDY FOX (Annotated)

release date: Apr 16, 2021
THE ADVENTURES OF REDDY FOX (Annotated)
Reddy Fox lived with Granny Fox. You see, Reddy was one of a large family, so large that Mother Fox had hard work to feed so many hungry little mouths and so she had let Reddy go to live with old Granny Fox. Granny Fox was the wisest, slyest, smartest fox in all the country round, and now that Reddy had grown so big, she thought it about time that he began to learn the things that every fox should know. So every day she took him hunting with her and taught him all the things that she had learned about hunting: about how to steal Farmer Brown''s chickens without awakening Bowser the Hound, and all about the thousand and one ways of fooling a dog which she had learned.

The Adventures of Mr. Mocker

release date: Apr 06, 2021
The Adventures of Mr. Mocker
Book Excerpt: yet he didn''t know what to makeof it. Were they just trying to make him mad, or had he really beenscreaming in his sleep? He flew over to the Smiling Pool. Jerry Muskratlooked up and saw him."What were you yelling about in the night, Sammy Jay?" asked Jerry.This was too much. Sammy Jay let his wings and his tail droop dejectedlyand hung his head."I don''t know. I really don''t know anything about it," he said.VISAMMY JAY THINKS HE''S GOING CRAZY"Sammy Jay screams all day long, And now what do you think?Why, Sammy sits and yells all nightAnd doesn''t sleep a wink!"Everywhere he went Sammy Jay heard that shouted after him. Dozens anddozens of times a day he heard it. At first he lost his temper and was thevery maddest Jaybird ever seen on the Green Meadows or in the Green Forest."It isn''t true! It isn''t true! It isn''t true!" he would scream at the topof his lungs.And then everybody within hearing would shout: "It is true!"Sammy would justRead Mor

The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad

release date: Apr 06, 2021
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
Book Excerpt: r. Indeed there were few as sweet. The only trouble was thesong was so very short. It lasted only for two or three seconds. And whenit ended, Old Mr. Toad looked quite his natural self again; just ascommonplace, almost ugly, as ever. Peter looked at Jimmy Skunk, Jimmylooked at Unc'' Billy Possum, and Unc'' Billy looked at Peter. And no one hada word to say. Then all three looked back at Old Mr. Toad.And even as they looked, his throat began to swell and swell and swell, until it was no wonder that Jimmy Skunk had thought that he was in dangerof blowing up. And then, when it stopped swelling, there came again thosebeautiful little notes, so sweet and tremulous that Peter actually held hisbreath to listen. There was no doubt that Old Mr. Toad was singing just ashe had said he was going to, and it was just as true that his song was oneof the sweetest if not the sweetest of all the chorus from and around theSmiling Pool. It was very hard to believe, but Peter and Jimmy and Unc''Billy both saRead Mor

The Adventures of Prickly Porky

release date: Feb 22, 2021
The Adventures of Prickly Porky
Book Excerpta bad dream. Did I understand you to say that this dreadful creature has no legs, and yet that it chased you?""That''s what I said!" snapped Peter a wee bit crossly, for he saw that Mrs. Peter didn''t believe a word of his story."Will you please tell me how any creature in the Green Forest or out of it, for that matter, can possibly chase any one unless it has legs or wings, and you didn''t say anything about its having wings," demanded Mrs. Peter.Peter scratched his head in great perplexity. Suddenly he had a happy thought. "Mr. Blacksnake runs fast enough, but he doesn''t have legs, does he?" he asked in triumph.Little Mrs. Peter looked a bit discomfited. "No-o," she admitted slowly, "he doesn''t have legs; but I never could understand how he runs without them.""Well, then," snapped Peter, "if he can run without legs, why can''t other creatures? Besides, this one didn''t run exactly; it rolled. Now I''ve told you all I''m going to. I need a long nap, after all I''ve been through, so don''t let any

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver

release date: Feb 22, 2021
The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver
Book Excerptt into the Laughing Brook.You see while Sammy had been speaking his mind, Paddy the Beaver had cut down the very tree in which he was sitting.Sammy wasn''t hurt, but he was wet and muddy and terribly frightened, --the most miserable looking Jay that ever was seen. It was too much for all the little people who were hiding. They just had to laugh. Then they all came out to pay their respects to Paddy the Beaver.VPADDY KEEPS HIS PROMISEPaddy the Beaver kept right on working just as if he hadn''t any visitors. You see, it is a big undertaking to build a dam. And when that was done there was a house to build and a supply of food for the winter to cut and store. Oh, Paddy the Beaver had no time for idle gossip, you may be sure! So he kept right on building his dam. It didn''t look much like a dam at first, and some of Paddy''s visitors turned up their noses when they first saw it. They had heard stories of what a wonderful dam-builder Paddy was, and they had expected to see

The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum

release date: Feb 22, 2021
The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum
Book Excerptuse?"The only answer was another snore. Unc'' Billy waited a minute. Then he put his head in once more."Yo'' better come out of mah house, Mr. Who-ever-yo''-are, before Ah comes in and puts yo'' out!" shouted Unc'' Billy.The only answer was a snore louder than before. Then Unc'' Billy quite lost his temper. Some one who had no business there was in his house! He didn''t know who it was, and he didn''t care. They were going to come out or he would know why not. Unc'' Billy gritted his teeth and in he went.My! my! my! such a rumpus as there was right away in that hollow tree! Peter Rabbit happened to be coming along that way and heard it. Peter stopped and gazed at the hollow tree with eyes and mouth wide open. Such a snarling and growling! Then out of the doorway began to fly leaves and moss. They were part of Unc'' Billy''s bed. Then Peter saw a big ringed tail hanging out of the doorway. Peter recognized it right away. No one possessed a tail like that but Bobby Coon.In a minute

The Adventures of Buster Bear

release date: Feb 22, 2021
The Adventures of Buster Bear
Book Excerpte could eat. Then he saved a nice fat trout and waited.By and by along came Little Joe Otter, chuckling to think how he had spoiled Buster Bear''s fishing. He was so intent on looking behind him to see if Buster was coming that he didn''t see Buster waiting there until he spoke."I''m much obliged for the fine breakfast you have given me," said Buster in his deepest, most grumbly-rumbly voice. "I''ve saved a fat trout for you to make up for the one I ate yesterday. I hope we''ll go fishing together often."Then he went off laughing fit to kill himself. Little Joe couldn''t find a word to say. He was so surprised and angry that he went off by himself and sulked. And Billy Mink, who had been watching, ate the fat trout.VGRANDFATHER FROG''S COMMON-SENSEThere is nothing quite like common sense to smooth out troubles. People who have plenty of just plain common sense are often thought to be very wise. Their neighbors look up to them and are forever running to them for ad

The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Illustrated And Annotated

release date: Dec 12, 2019
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Illustrated And Annotated
About Author: Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 17, 1874 - June 5, 1965) was an American conservationist and author of children''s stories. Burgess loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories. He was sometimes known as the Bedtime Story-Man. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.Born January 17, 1874 in Sandwich, Massachusetts, Burgess was the son of Caroline F. Haywood and Thornton W. Burgess, Sr., a direct descendant of Thomas Burgess, one of the first Sandwich settlers in 1637. Thornton, Sr., died the same year his son was born, and the young Thornton, Jr. was brought up by his mother in Sandwich. They lived in humble circumstances. As a youth, he worked tending cows, picking trailing arbutus (mayflowers) or berries, shipping water lilies from local ponds, selling candy, and trapping muskrats. William C. Chipman, one of his employers, lived on Discovery Hill Road, a wildlife habitat of woodland and wetland. This habitat became the setting of many stories in which Burgess refers to Smiling Pool and the Old Briar Patch.Graduating from Sandwich High School in 1891, Burgess briefly attended a business college in Boston from 1892 to 1893, living in Somerville, Massachusetts, at that time. But he disliked studying business and wanted to be an author. He relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he accepted a job as an editorial assistant at the Phelps Publishing Company. His first stories were written using the pseudonym W. B. Thornton.Burgess married Nina Osborne in 1905, but she died in childbirth a year later, leaving him to raise their son alone. It is said that he began writing bedtime stories to entertain his young son, Thornton III. Burgess remarried in 1911; his wife Fannie had two children by a previous marriage. The couple later bought a home in Hampden, Massachusetts in 1925, that became Burgess'' permanent residence in 1957. His second wife died in August 1950. Burgess returned frequently to Sandwich, which he always claimed as his birthplace and spiritual home. Many of his childhood experiences and the people he knew there influenced his interest and were the impetus for his concern for wildlife. Source: Wikipedia : Very enjoyable book. This has the flavor of "Wind in the Willows" but with a little less description, and therefore more dialogue. My six year old loved it .The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad was acting strangely, and his behavior puzzled all the creatures of the Green Meadow. You see, he was in a hurry, and Old Mr. Toad NEVER hurried unless he was in danger. Where on earth could he be off to? To find out, Jimmy Skunk, Peter Cottontail, Unc'' Billy Possum, and some other animals of the Green Forest secretly follow the old gentleman through the fields and woods as he makes his way to a very important engagement.Young readers will enjoy discovering Old Mr. Toad''s destination in this delightful tale by master storyteller, Thornton W. Burgess. Set in the timeless fictional locale of the Green Forest and the Smiling Pool, this book transports today''s youngsters to the same world of gentle breezes and lovable creatures that has delighted generations of children before then. There, they''ll enjoy the warmth and whimsy of this tale while learning important lessons about nature, the environment, and the "lesser folk of fur and feathers."If you are doing any study of toads with your kids this is the book to read. It was so cute and fun. It taught about the habits of toads in a fun creative way. I will never forget some of the things I learned. I didn''t pick up this book with that in mind. We were on vacation and all the big kids and dads were gone for the day so I scanned a friends bookshelf looking for a book that would take about 3 hours to read aloud and this was the winner.
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