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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – May 19, 2011
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the mystery of the mocking bird and now I am going to tell you
what I mean. Well the story is about two little green forest
people and a mocking bird. And near the end of the book it
becomes about all of the little people in the green forest and
the green meadows. And if you want to know, those two little
green forest people are Sammy Jay and Sticky Toes the tree toad,
who people say were talking in the night when they were really
sound asleep. But soon everyone found out it was the Mocking
Bird that was making all the noise in the night. And at the
end they had a little party and everything turned out fine.
Review by Mairead Hynes Age 6
Harrison Cady did two sets of drawings for this title:
-- Published by Little, Brown, with 6 full-page grayscale 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.
This Dover edition has the 6 grayscale illustrations from the Little, Brown edition. In the Little, Brown edition, they were on plates (higher quality paper), while in this Dover edition they are on the same paper as the text. That does affect the quality of the illustrations a bit, but they still look quite good. Kudos to Dover on getting it right for this title. And at such a low price!
If you like these illustrations, I'd recommend finding a used copy of the Grosset & Dunlap edition too. Cady did those 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. On the other hand, the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations better show Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures.
Several years ago, I was in the gift shop at some state park and picked up a copy of The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver by author and conservationist Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965), and I really enjoyed it. In doing some research, I found that Burgess had written a whole series of books for young people, beginning with his first one, Old Mother West Wind, published in 1910. Over the next fifty years, he completed around 170 of them, featuring such amusing characters as Jimmy Skunk, Little Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle, Johnny Woodchuck, and others. As a youth in Sandwich, MA, Burgess worked for a man who lived on a local wildlife habitat of woodland and wetland, and this became the setting for his stories in which he referred to such features as Smiling Pool and the Old Briar Patch.
Therefore, when I saw a copy of The Adventures of Mr. Mocker at a used book sale, I picked it up. Burgess’s style is very similar to Joel Chandler Harris’s “Uncle Remus” stories but his tales are more appropriate for a younger set, along the lines of Beatrix Potter yet with more substance.Read more ›
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My son started reading these in second grade as his first chapter books on his own and they are still a favorite. Now my 5yo loves them!Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read all of Thornton W. Burgess when I was a child. I loved them. I just reread them all again. Ideal books for children. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Leslie Farber
Great remembrance of stories read to me while a child, I'm now reading to my grandchildren. Mr. Burgess was a wonderful writer.Published on June 9, 2013 by Frederic W Foster