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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – November 4, 2003

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Book 4 of 20 in the Bedtime Story-Books Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486430316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486430317
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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, 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 junk drawings in this Dover edition.
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In these nature tales with moral values, the animals speak to each other and have human-like traits, such as greed, selfishness, and bad tempers, that get them into all sorts of trouble. Children learn a little bit about animals and birds of the forest through their inter-relationships with Unc' Billy Possum. Each chapter is just the right length for a bedtime story. There is gentle suspense, but no death or violence, as you wonder how Unc' Billy Possum will escape from trouble this time! Very few typos. No illustrations encourage children to close their eyes and use their own imaginations.
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My mother read these books to us kids during the early 60's. I still remember how much we all loved these stories. If you have trouble with your children at bedtime, consider reading them these books. Soon you will discover the kids love these and are ready to settle down and hear the stories of animals teaching the lessons all kids need to learn.
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Format: Paperback
A tale of mischief and life lessons, The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum, is a well crafted children's book of the highest type of quality that one could only come to expect from Thornton Burgess. In this particular book on the animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest areas, we are treated to the exploits of Billy Possum, a smart witted, sometimes lazy egg lover who stops at nothing to get into Farmer Brown's chicken house and steal his eggs. During the course of this little venture, Billy Possum and the readers learn of how it easy it is to get into trouble, but then how difficult it can be to get out of it; as Billy ends up getting trapped in the chicken house one day and can't make it out for quite some time. Young readers are also taught a little information about possums in general, such as how they will sometimes play dead when confronted with danger. Lessons like this about nature are all too familiar in Burgess' books, and this particular one is no exception.

My daughter loves this book. I read it to her at bedtime. The book has short 3-4 page chapters in easy to read type that make for good nightly installments. She also likes the illustrations which I think are very descriptive and important to have in a children's book that speaks to audiences so young. I think that any child can get into this book in one way or the other, whether it's read to them, or read by themselves if they are old enough.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book.
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The wild tales woven by Mr. Burgess are just up a child's alley. My children asked for this book over and over. At times we were laughing so hard, we had to stop reading to wipe our eyes. We highly recommend this book for a family reading evening.
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I started reading the Thornton Burgess to my kids, and my daughter loved them so much that she has taken off and read every single one that she can get her hands on! These books are great for kids and adults alike, and I am so glad that my kids have gotten the chance to fall in love with them early in life!
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Classic story...like Brair Rabbit, social issues undercurrent. I never read this as a child and was supprised at sterotyping of diff. types of animals. I continued to finish it because of the history. But If I had just picked up this book, or one similar, I would not buy it, nor reccomend it.
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