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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad Hardcover – 1964

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 12 of 20 in the Bedtime Story-Books Series

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (1964)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007HDG8O
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I first received this, I couldn't believe it.

I bought this version for the illustrations by Harrison Cady only to find that the images on this version were extremely low resolution yet stretched to fit the whole page. It's as if though the illustrations were found on Google Images, but instead of saving the actual source image, the people who printed this version simply took some preview thumbnails and stretched them.

Aside from the images, the placement of the text on the pages is pretty unprofessional and ugly looking as well.

This is a bootleg, through and through. Do not purchase,
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This is one of the nicest children's books/stories I've ever read. I owned an original hard cover edition when I was a little girl (decades ago) and want to be able to read this story to my nieces, nephews and grand children, so I bought this soft cover book that I could easily pack to take along. The story is harmless and endearing for children.
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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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Maybe I am trying to rekindle my youth..a great story with some "how to be a good citizen" lessons accompanied by a little wilderness awareness. This really rates all 5 stars, and we're the pictures included I would have given it all 5 and grumbled that it was being short changed.
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My 9 year old son says: "It's a good book for children who are just starting to read by themselves with no help. It has the characters from Old Mother West Wind like Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Mr. Black Snake, Reddy Fox. The story was good. There were a bunch of different chapters which sort of were connected to each other. It was definitely worth reading. I learned some, too."
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Format: Hardcover
Old Mr. Toad puzzle's Peter Rabit a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ferst,he thingk's that Old Mr. Toad's baby's are Grandfather Frog's baby's,then, he see's some food of Old Mr. Toad disoper,but, it is rilley just his SUPER fast tonge! And near the end of the book,Old Mr. Toad is towt a lessn.(If you want to see another ravuw, cheek in Little Joe Otter.) name: Gregor. age: six ,or, 6
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Format: Paperback
Peter Rabbit and his friends return in another one of Burgess' classic children's tales of the animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest areas. One of those animals, Mr. Toad, takes center stage in this book as he teaches us such lessons like the wisdom of thinking before talking, and thru his own humiliating experience with Buster Bear, the downside of pride.

Mr. Toad prides himself in being very smart, and he takes joy in teaching Peter Rabbit, and thru him, the book's young readers about the habits of toads. One such habit that Peter Rabbit is amazed to learn of is a toad's ability to grab flies straight out of the air with their tongue. These lessons are very descriptive and told in a fun way, amongst the humor of Peter's curiosity. I think children will find lessons such as these entertaining and a fun way to learn.

Mr. Toad is also human (so to speak), and has to deal with the same hindrances that most of the other animals in the forest have to deal with, such as the threat of predators. A not so agreeable character, Mr. Blacksnake, makes his villainous presence known in the book as he tries twice to catch and eat Mr. Toad. Obviously nothing bad happens, but we are reminded that even though this is a children's tale, the animals in the story do have to worry about survival.

I hope you give this book a try, its naturalistic messages and lessons are well constructed and perfect for young growing minds.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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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 very crude redrawings by another artist, Pat Stewart. They convey very little of the charm of Harrison Cady's work.

Some of the Dover reprints of Thornton Burgess books have original Harrison Cady drawings, but many are crude redrawings by other artists. The ones by Theo Kliros are not too bad, but the ones by Pat Stewart are disappointing.

To get real Harrison Cady illustrations for 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 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.

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

I recommend the Grosset & Dunlap 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. On the other hand, the Little, Brown grayscale illustrations better show Cady's remarkable vision for Burgess' creatures, so if you can get both, that's ideal. But either one is better than the drawings in this Dover edition.
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