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Old Mother West Wind: The Centennial Anniversary Edition (Dover Children's Classics) Hardcover – May 19, 2011


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  • Age Range: 3 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 5
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Centennial Anniversary Edition edition (May 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486480518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486480510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The characters attitudes and behaviors are true to the animal portrayed.
N. Briand
As the back of the book states, "[This book] combines gentle lessons about wildlife and the environment with the fun of a good story".
sillygirl412
I grew up reading these stories, and I am so happy to share them with my son now.
crice

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By sillygirl412 on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Old Mother West Wind", is the first of many stories by Burgess of his imagined world of The Green Forest, the Laughing Brook, and the Smiling Pond. Originally published in 1910, it is based upon a series of bedtime stories Burgess wrote for his son. The characters are inspired by the variety of wildlife Burgess was surrounded by as a child growing up in the yet-uncommercialized Cape Cod, Mass. His love of nature and his desire to instill that love in future generations is conveyed beautifully in these classic tales.
Old Mother West Wind comes down to the Green Meadows from her home in the Purple Hills daily to allow her children, the Merry Little Breezes, to frolic among the residents of the area. In "Old Mother West Wind", you are introduced to many of the characters upon which later books in this series are based. As the back of the book states, "[This book] combines gentle lessons about wildlife and the environment with the fun of a good story". In addition, most tales contain a basic moral lesson (ie. don't steal, don't lie, etc).
Any imaginative child will be captivated by this book. The chapters are short, with simple language that children will identify with, for the most part. Read aloud to pre-readers, or read by children themselves, this book will surely be a family favorite in no time.
This republication by Dover Children's Thrift Editions costs only a dollar. If you are looking to fill in your child's library a little whithout breaking the bank, I highly recommend starting here (and with the other Burgess books). You'll be glad you did.
Note: the next book in publication in this series is the Adventures of Johnny Chuck. While it is not necessary to read the books in order, I just wanted to add that info in case anyone wanted to know.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I read this book when I was in third grade. I have never lost my imaginative love of nature inspired by Old Mother West Wind and her Gentle Breezes. I was thrilled when I found that these books had been republished--and have bought them to read to my grandchildren one day. Now--if I could just get my children married. . . .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My mother read me these stories as a child. My brother can still tell some of these stories by heart 30 years later. They tell all about how the animals of the forest got their tails, or stripes, or habits. The animals all have names and talk among themselves. And Old Mother West Wind always lets the little breezes out to play in the meadow in the morning and picks them up at night and puts them back in her bag. Very old fashioned, Wind in the Willows type of stories
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
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I love this book as much now as I did in the 40's and 50's when it was read to me! The author keeps the stories short enough for young attention spans, yet makes the characters spring to life. I have never forgotten the Merry Little Breezes and the Green Forest. Children today will love the stories, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Briand on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thornton Burgess was a naturalist and the stories of animals in Old Mother West Wind are wonderful. The characters attitudes and behaviors are true to the animal portrayed. A wonderful way to get acquainted with nature. Perfect book for an adult to read to a younger child.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read Burgess as a child and have loved him ever since. These wonderful stories inspire a love of animals and a love of nature, but not at the expense of good, old-fashioned American story-telling, and those who dismiss them as "sentimental" are displaying an unbecoming pomposity, in my view. Old Mother West Wind is beautiful classic, a book that escapes the pushy realism of so much contemporary storytelling aimed at children, which is really the choice of the parent, and not the child. Let kids imagine! It'll last them all their lives. What a gift, indeed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By crice on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
These stories are great read-alouds for my little guy. The stories are like a combination of Aesop's fables, Kipling's rhythm and mischief, and Disney's cottoncandy sweetness. Super cute and descriptive, the author explains and observes the animals of the meadow and forest. There are morals to some of the stories, and others are pure fun. My only complaint is that the pictures are just tossed in, not how I remember my Grandmother's original edition. Those prints were wonderful. I grew up reading these stories, and I am so happy to share them with my son now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Norman on March 16, 2010
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This is a publish on Demand book. No pictures and obviously scanned using a robot (as it states in the introduction of the book). Most of the charm is lost in robot translation let me tell ya.

I do, however, recommend you pick up any of the other Old Mother West Wind books still available on Amazon.
I also purchased Mother West Wind's Animal Friends, and it is a keeper. Mother West Wind's Animal Friends also includes the original illustrations.

My mother's collection of the Old Mother West Wind Stores are the books I learned to read on as a child and I intended to use the newer editions to read to my Grandchildren. But I'll pass on any more versions of the "generic, robot typed" books.
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