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Old Mother West Wind and 6 Other Stories (Children's Thrift Classics) Paperback – October 11, 1996

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1020 (What's this?)
  • Series: Children's Thrift Classics
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 11, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486294552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486294551
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles on July 8, 2007
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I just bought both boxed sets to give to my brother for his children. We both remember the books fondly from when Mom would read them to us when we were young.

My boxed set contained these books: Old Mother West Wind, Old Man Coyote, Prickly Porky, Bobby Raccoon, Johnny Chuck, Jimmy Skunk, and Jerry Muskrat.
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As a child I read and loved the Burgess Book of Nature Lore. I wanted to give some of the same love of nature to my own daughter and found that Thornton W. Burgess had written many nature books for children. This particular set is a great starting off point for your young child. I love the way the author incorporates the description, habitat, and sound of many of the animals he is talking about. When your child hears these stories over and over they will be well on their way to discovering the natural world. When I read ""Mrs. Redwings Speckled Egg" to my daughter I have her hold her stuffed replica of a red wing black bird which actually makes the sound of the red wing black bird. It all comes to life for her. She is not quite three and she already is starting to identify different bird calls because these books give us the opportunity to talk about them. If you love nature and you have children you will love these books. Heck even if you don't have kids and are a kid at heart you will love these books.
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Any of Thorton W. Burgess's books are great reading for children. The stories are simple enough for children to relate to and will stimulate their imaginations as well as their appetite for books that are fun to read.
The downside of these books is that your children are probably going to want to read as many in the series as possible. Fortunately the prices at Amazon are reasonable and if you need to save some money you can take your children to the library where they will quickly memorize the location of books by Thorton W. Burgess.
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We have a very active 2 year old daughter who sits in rapt attention listening to the adventures of these woodland inhabitants. There are few illustrations but she doesn't mind a bit. The characters and their stories are of everyday life and gently rendered. There is a quiet almost meditative quality to the story-telling. If you are looking for Post-Modern Children's Literature, this is not it! These stories recall a bygone era through sweetly humanized forest animals where fox and rabbit co-exist in complete acceptance of their roles and responsibilities in a web of life.
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I loved these stories when I was a child. I would go to the library to get book after book. Now I am happy to give them to children I know and to discover that I still enjoy them. The author knew nature and he gave to all his animal characters the qualities that he found in nature. The blue jay is, of course, very loud and boisterous. Without really knowing it, I was learning to love and appreciate a variety of animals as I laughed at their antics in the stories.
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Such gentle stories that give young children vivid pictures of the lives of animals. While the animals are given complex lives, the reader does really get an idea of how they live, where the live, what they eat, etc. And the stories are gentle, descriptive and lovely to read aloud. My son started loving these stories at five years old (at the recommendation of his kindergarten teacher) and we are still reading more. We have at least twenty of these books. I think the best age range would be 3-8 years old. I think our children need more stories like these to detox from our hectic world.
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My daughter loves these stories. I wanted her to have some books with animals and these are great for that. I read them to her as she cannot read yet, however, when she gets older these will make great chapter books with lessons. I highly suggest buying these in the boxed set!
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These are great stories...nice short chapters which made it easy for my five year old to follow...and easy for me to comply when she asked for more (without giving so much more that it bored her)...I like the box for storage and display (nice to keep these all in one place). The books aren't the highest quality, but not poor either (they'll handle many readings). My children have all liked the black and white illustrations, which are fairly detailed drawings every couple of pages that match the plot. The morals are good and not dumbed down or made so obvious as to force the point. I enjoy reading these stories too as an adult, and the quality is more than worth the price. I'd make this purchase again.
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