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Old Mother West Wind: The Centennial Anniversary Edition (Dover Children's Classics) Hardcover – May 19, 2011
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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.
Many of these stories attempt to teach a moral, though often it is not obvious due to the author's skill. These are old stories and they reflect the values of the time they were written in. My ADHD eleven year old read the book himself and enjoyed it and is looking forward to the sequel.
Here are the stories included:
1) Mrs. Redwing's Speckled Egg - Mrs. Redwing has just laid a beautiful new egg and the Merry Little Breezes must help keep it safe from Tommy Brown.
2) How Reddy Fox Was Surprised - When Johnny Chuck wanders too far from home, Reddy Fox decides to play a trick on him. But the joke's on Reddy Fox.
3) Why Grandfather Frog Has No Tail - Grandfather Frog tells the Merry Little Breezes why Mother Nature took away all frogs' tails.
4) Why Jimmy Skunk Wears Stripes - When Mrs. Ruffed Grouse's eggs are destroyed by "a pair of eyes," the whole forest seeks the culprit. When Jimmy Skunk is found out, his days of night camouflage are over. (This was my son's favorite.)
5) The Willful Little Breeze - When one of the Merry Little Breezes stays in the Green Meadow after Old Mother West Wind has gone home behind the Purple Hills, he foils Hooty the Owl and Reddy Fox's plans to eat Mr. Bob White and his family.Read more ›
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Wonderful. I am reading it to my granddaughter. The last time I read it was as a child and I loved the stories. Read morePublished 2 days ago by pbkahuna
Great book for young children to learn about life lessons and nature.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is probably the most nicely printed edition of Thornton W. Burgess' work currently in print.
Yes, all the original illustrations in the Little, Brown first editions... Read more
Brought back memories of reading the stories when I was in second grade.Published 4 months ago by mary roche
From 3 year olds to Grandpa, who is in his 70's, these book are spell binding. I grew up with Old Mother West Wind as a child and have felt very lucky I can share this with the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary
My grandmother read these stories to all of her grandchildren, of which I was one. I read them to my children and grandchildren and my granddaughter is now reading them to her... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greyhound Mama