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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – November 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486430316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486430317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Such a fun book.
Joshua Wormley
My mother read these books to us kids during the early 60's.
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We highly recommend this book for a family reading evening.
Nelda S. Griffin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darien Summers on May 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
A tale of mischief and life lessons, The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum, is a well crafted children's book of the highest type of quality that one could only come to expect from Thornton Burgess. In this particular book on the animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest areas, we are treated to the exploits of Billy Possum, a smart witted, sometimes lazy egg lover who stops at nothing to get into Farmer Brown's chicken house and steal his eggs. During the course of this little venture, Billy Possum and the readers learn of how it easy it is to get into trouble, but then how difficult it can be to get out of it; as Billy ends up getting trapped in the chicken house one day and can't make it out for quite some time. Young readers are also taught a little information about possums in general, such as how they will sometimes play dead when confronted with danger. Lessons like this about nature are all too familiar in Burgess' books, and this particular one is no exception.

My daughter loves this book. I read it to her at bedtime. The book has short 3-4 page chapters in easy to read type that make for good nightly installments. She also likes the illustrations which I think are very descriptive and important to have in a children's book that speaks to audiences so young. I think that any child can get into this book in one way or the other, whether it's read to them, or read by themselves if they are old enough.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nelda S. Griffin on January 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The wild tales woven by Mr. Burgess are just up a child's alley. My children asked for this book over and over. At times we were laughing so hard, we had to stop reading to wipe our eyes. We highly recommend this book for a family reading evening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Crouch on June 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My grandmother read this book to me and then allowed me to keep it. I have enjoyed it for all these years (50-something) and I now am sharing it with my own grandchildren. A wonderful return to simpler times and stories that focus on wholesome family love and societal structure. This should be on every grandparent's bookshelf and be shared repeatedly!
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In these nature tales with moral values, the animals speak to each other and have human-like traits, such as greed, selfishness, and bad tempers, that get them into all sorts of trouble. Children learn a little bit about animals and birds of the forest through their inter-relationships with Unc' Billy Possum. Each chapter is just the right length for a bedtime story. There is gentle suspense, but no death or violence, as you wonder how Unc' Billy Possum will escape from trouble this time! Very few typos. No illustrations encourage children to close their eyes and use their own imaginations.
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My mother read these books to us kids during the early 60's. I still remember how much we all loved these stories. If you have trouble with your children at bedtime, consider reading them these books. Soon you will discover the kids love these and are ready to settle down and hear the stories of animals teaching the lessons all kids need to learn.
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