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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486437450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486437453
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristina Overtoom on August 26, 2006
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The Burgess Animal Book is a well written book. It is written in the same style as The Burgess Bird Book. Facts about animals are written as animals have conversations. In this book "Mother Nature" is introduced and is the primary instructor. The book introduces concepts as "order" and discusses why animals have certain features. My kids from 3 to 7 enjoy listening to the stories. The only drawback to this particular book is the black and white photos of the original watercolor pictures. It was a bigger problem with the Burgess Bird book, however because birds are mainly identified by their colors.
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This book is amazing!!! Keeps the attention of my 4 year old although it is probably best geared for older kids. Teaches kids (and adults) about all kinds of animals through a fun story book. Would consider it a must have for home school moms. Great way to get kids interested in the the genius phylum and species etc of animals. Also, gives amazing facts that I never knew...I had no clue that there are rabbits that can swim! Looked it up on the internet to verify and see pictures.
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The book is fine -- good-sized print is easy to read. Just be aware that in this edition (from Yesterday's Classics), the illustrations are in greyscale. If you're using a field guide while reading, this might not matter to you. I couldn't figure this out while deciding which edition to purchase, so I'm typing this quick review so the next person will know. :-)
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I use Ambleside Online and we are using this book for my son's homeschool year. We both love this book and look forward to reading it every week. We laugh at the sweet and silly animal characters, and we are learning so much. This is a fantastic book for nature study!
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When I was in second grade in 1957, I found the Burgess series of books in our school library, each one titled for an animal. There were probably 20 of them. I read them all through second and third grade almost exclusively. When I got to fourth grade I had Mrs. Goble again. Teachers took their classes to the library and acted as librarians in those days, so she recognized my obsession from second grade. She declared I could read any book from any grade level of the library, but NOT Thornton W. Burgess books.

I lived without Reddy Fox for a year, reading Black Stallion books instead. By fifth grade-- even without Mrs. Goble's eagle eye--I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. But Reddy still came home with me until sixth grade. I stopped only because the new junior high opened.

Now my granddaughter will have a chance to meet my friends. Give your child the opportunity as well.

Kim L., a former children's librarian, school librarian, and preschool teacher.
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I recently found a copy of The Burgess Bird Book for Children that I'd been given as a little girl. To make my trip down memory lane complete, I wanted to read The Burgess Animal Book for Children. And such a wonderful experience to read Mr. Burgess's descriptions of our childhood friends: Peter Rabbit, Happy Jack the Grey Squirrel, Reddy Fox, Paddy Beaver, Unc' Billy Possum, and very many others whom we wouldn't remember as easily: Shadow the Weasel, Glutton the Wolverine, Tufty the Lynx, Forkhorn the Mule Deer, Bugler the Elk, and more and more! I was exclaiming aloud as I rediscovered those old friends that Mr. Burgess described in such detail. This book is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1910. It's a read aloud book. Though it would be best to have a hard copy with the illustrations that were included in the original book. Such a fun read!
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This is an old fashioned nature book suitable for the whole family. Sweet and enjoyable as well as educational.
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Ahhh Burgess books. They are classics. These books are filled with facts about animals, written in story form. True "living books." They have substance, which many modern books for children lack. I loved reading these when I was a kid, and have enjoyed reading them with my children. Great for kids that love animals and great literature!
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