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Adventures of Reddy Fox Paperback – July 6, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 1 of 20 in the Bedtime Story-Books Series

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About the Author

Author and conservationist Thornton W. Burgess (1874–1965) wrote thousands of animal stories for children, starting with the 1910 publication of Old Mother West Wind. Burgess's tales convey his fascination with wildlife and his concern for nature, teaching gentle lessons about ecology and respect for the environment.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VRZBQM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,822,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just reread the Burgess books at the age of 21, and I still find them as interesting, fun, and educational as I did when my father read them to me when I was little. These books have a timeless quality to them, and once you have read one, you want to read them all. The Aventures of Reddy Fox, being the first of the 20 bedtime story books, grabs your attention in this way. I would definitely recommend all the Burgess books as a must for parents to read to their children. These books are also an interesting way of learning about different species of animals in a way much more fun than studying an encyclopedia.
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This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. However, the prospective buyer should be informed that the illustrations in this Dover edition are NOT by the original illustrator, Harrison Cady. Instead, they are crude redrawings by another artist, Thea Kliros. Although they are better than the illustrations in the Dover titles for which artist Pat Stewart did the crude redrawings, they are not as charming as Cady's work.

Some of the other titles in this Dover series of Thornton Burgess books do have original Harrison Cady illustrations.

To get real Harrison Cady illustrations of this title, you'll have to buy a used book. There were two sets of original Harrison Cady illustrations for this title:
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 6 full-page grayscale illustrations.
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 10 full-page color illustrations.
-- Published by Grosset & Dunlap, with 14 full-page line drawings, including line-drawing versions of all 6 original grayscale illustrations in the Little, Brown editions, plus many smaller line drawings. Also a paperback version of this published under the name "Tempo".

The redrawings in this Dover edition are of the 6 Little, Brown grayscale illustrations.

On the other hand, the cover illustration is one of only four special paintings Cady did of Burgess animals. As far as I know, the four Dover titles that have them are the first editions to use them. The price of the book is worth it for that cover alone.

I recommend the Grosset & Dunlap (and Tempo) editions. Cady did them decades later, after he had grown as an artist. Even though the Grosset & Dunlap line drawings are simpler than the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations, they are more charming.
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A Kid's Review on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I`m 8 years old. I got this book for Christmas last year and read it for a book report. IT IS SO GREAT!
These are the reasons I like this book:
1. It's funny
2. It teaches good lessons
3. It made me imagine. (I even wrote my own sequel.)
I have read many Thornton W. Burgess books and this is my favorite. He is my favorite author.
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We received this book as part of a curriculum pack of homeschool materials.
I wanted to like it. I genuinely enjoy most "old" books (written before 1950 or so), so I was excited to read it with my children. The story itself is fun, and the writing style is engaging. I felt that the dialog was awkward - very heavily accented stereotypical "Southern" speak. ("Ah reckon it's jes' like Ah said: Reddy Fox is gwine to meet trouble right smart soon." p. 17) The young boy in the story carries around a gun and shoots (but doesn't kill) the fox, which was a little surprising for me to come across in a book intended for the very young, but my children seemed ok with an explanation of the differences in culture and practicality. So, we pressed on through that, too. Then there was the very confusing use of the name "Peter Rabbit" for a character that is not in any way related to Beatrix Potter's books, but again - we kept reading.
However, then I came to page 56.
"Ah hope he doan meet up with mah ol' woman or any of my li'l' p***anin****. Ah'm plumb afraid of a boy with a gun, Ah am. 'Pears like he don't have any sense. Ah reckon Ah better be moving along..." I had to stop and close the book. For those of you NOT familiar with the term above, it is a racial slur for African-American children. I had initially included links as explanation, but Amazon wouldn't allow it. Interesting to note that Amazon's review selection considered that word profane and wouldn't let me post this review until I censored it. What does that tell you?
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Another great story from Thornton Burgess. My son and I read them together every night - I love that he has to use his imagination.

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Great five minute stories that I remember reading as a kid and now I can start reading them to my daughter. Simple and easy to understand, many of the stories teach lessons about morals, instead of mindless blather. I am enjoying reading through the series again.
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