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Paperback Books
Author and conservationist Thornton Burgess (1874-1965) wrote thousands of animal stories for children, starting with the 1910 publication of "Old Mother West Wind." Burgess' wholesome, fun-filled tales convey his fascination with wildlife and his concern for nature, teaching gentle lessons about ecology and respect for wildlife and the environment.


"Smiling Pool Stories"

14.99

Smiling Pool Stories

 

           
 Three long-lost tales by a beloved storyteller return to charm a new generation of young readers. These rare fables by Thornton Burgess have not appeared in storybooks for more than eighty years. Newcomers to the Green Forest and the Smiling Pool as well as those who have traveled many times to the enchanted woodlands will delight in stories of Grandfather Frog, Baby Possum, and Jimmy Skunk. Charming silhouettes and vibrant full-color illustrations by Harrison Cady accompany each tale. Great for young children.

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"The Christmas Reindeer"
5.99

Christmas Reindeer

 

 

Where did the reindeer that draw Santa's sleigh come from? Journey to the far North with Tuktu and Aklak, a pair of young Eskimos, and enter Kringle Valley to meet magical caribou and Santa himself.
Thornton W. Burgess, the creator of Peter Cottontail and other popular characters from children's literature, combines folklore with facts in this delightful Christmas tale. In addition to learning about the Northern Lights, caribou, and other aspects of Arctic life, you'll discover a wealth of legends and traditions. The story is enhanced by seven charming full-page illustrations by Rhoda Chase

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Dover Paperback Books
 (unabridged)    

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Old Mother West Wind    3.00 BUY NOW
Mother West Wind's Children   3.00 BUY NOW
Mother West Wind's Animal Friends  3.50 BUY NOW
Mother West Wind's Neighbors  2.50 BUY NOW
Billy Mink    3.00 BUY NOW
Blacky the Crow  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon 2.50 BUY NOW
Bowser the Hound   3.50 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Bob White  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Buster Bear  3.00 BUY NOW
Buster Bear's Twins    3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel   3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse 3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog    3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Happy Jack   4.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk    3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Johnny Chuck    3.00 BUY NOW
Lightfoot the Deer  3.00 BUY NOW
Mrs. Peter Rabbit    3.00 BUY NOW
Old Granny Fox   $3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Old Man Coyote  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Old Mr. Buzzard  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Mr. Mocker   3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Peter Cottontail   3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Prickly Porky  2.50 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Reddy Fox  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Sammy Jay  3.00 BUY NOW
The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum  3.00 BUY NOW
Tommy and the Wishing Stone  4.00 BUY NOW
Whitefoot the Woodmouse  3.00 BUY NOW
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Bedtime Stories
$14.99

Bedtime Stories
Color illustrations by
Carl & Mary Hauge

 

Thornton Burgess
Bedtime Stories

  With Downloadable MP3

A beloved storyteller takes young readers—and listeners—to the Green Forest to recount the adventures of Peter Cottontail, Mrs. Quack, Jimmy Skunk, Danny Meadow Mouse, and other woodland friends. Author and conservationist Thornton Burgess (1874–1965) wrote thousands of stories reflecting his fascination with wildlife and concern for nature, teaching generations of children gentle lessons about ecology and respect for the environment. These stories are exclusive to this edition and are unavailable in any other Burgess collection.
Easy-to-download MP3 files accompany this book, so kids can read along with the spoken narration, as they simply listen or enjoy the book. Numerous color illustrations, rendered in a charming mid-century style, enhance the tales of Buster Bear's fishing trip, Paddy the Beaver's argument, Reddy Fox's new trick, and Unc' Billy Possum's escape. Boomer adults will delight in sharing this nostalgic storybook with the next generation.
 

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Thornton Burgess
Five-Minute
Bedtime Tales
$14.99


 

These 17 stories originated with the author's Old Mother West Wind series of "Why," "How," "When," and "Where" books.  This modern edition features 16 vibrantly re-colored versions of Harrison Cady's original illustrations.  Each tale is just a few pages long - ideal for bedtime reading and quickly lulling children off to sleep.

 

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The Burgess
Bird Book for Children  $9.95



 

 The Burgess Bird Book for Children  
  
In the present volume, the author's goal of introducing children to the fascinating subject of bird life is brilliantly realized in story fashion. While "interviewing" Slaty the Junco, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, and dozens of other common birds, our guides, Peter Rabbit and saucy Jenny Wren — and, of course, the reader — learn about their physical appearances, eating and nesting habits, and songs and calls. Over eighty years after its first publication, the book remains noteworthy and valuable for its extraordinarily successful blend of information and entertainment.

260 pages

Dover paperback book,   8 1/2 x 5 1/2

Black and white illustrations

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The Burgess Animal Book for Children 

$8.95

 

The Burgess Animal Book
for Children
   
  269 pages

Abundantly illustrated, simply written classic by a master storyteller acquaints youngsters with the habits and characteristics of four-footed animals. Porcupines, field mice, squirrels, coyotes, and other creatures take on appealing personalities in informative, entertaining tales about the inhabitants of the Green Forest and beyond. 73 illustrations.

Black and white illustrations

 

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Big Book of 
Animal Stories

$9.95

Big Book of Animal Stories
by Thornton W. Burgess


This collection of irresistible tales features Peter Cottontail and the ever-hungry Reddy Fox, Buster Bear and Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, who's determined to see the Great World beyond the familiar vistas of the Smiling Pool, plus other exciting tales starring Jimmy Skunk, Billy Mink, and all their animal friends!

Black and white illustrations

 Dover paperback book, 263 pages   
8 1/2 x 5 1/2

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The Burgess Seashore Book for Children

$11.95

 

"An invaluable companion to any child spending a seashore holiday." — New York Herald Tribune
FamiliarBurgess characters Danny Meadow Mouse, Jimmy Skunk, and Reddy Fox explore every nook and cranny of the shoreline and learn first hand about the habits and habitats of spider crabs, sea cucumbers, sand eels, and that strangest of little fishes — the sea horse.
Veteran storyteller and nature lover Thornton W. Burgess provides fascinating information to young readers as he describes coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way he weaves the area's many life forms into an entertaining tale that's also an illustrated guide to the seashore's natural history.

Black and white illustrations  

 Dover paperback book, 271 pages   
8 1/2 x 5 1/2

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