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The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer

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"Men are strange creatures I think I'll hunt one some day just to teach him a lesson," says Lightfoot the Deer to his new friend, Peter Rabbit. Lightfoot is glad of all the animal friends he meets in the Green Forest -- especially Paddy the Beaver, who saves him from harm. But what about these men? There's that strange one -- the farmer. Should Lightfoot trust this man -- ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Aegypan (first published 1906)
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Jul 21, 2014 GoldGato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angry hunters with terrible guns roam the Green Forest so Lightfoot The Deer needs to be careful. Sammy Jay tries his best to keep his fellow creatures informed of the movements of men, but a true deer knows he must outwit the hatred of man.

...I don't understand why they want to kill any of us. If they
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Apr 03, 2015 Zorphie Zorro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now well over 100 years old, Lightfoot the Deer is one of those classic children's novels I hope will live forever. I credit this book (along with E.B. White's Trumpet of the Swan) as a key milestone in my developing sense of empathy (such as it was at 8 years old). As a child, I absolutely loved animals--all animals (still do--I suppose one doesn't love animals as a child and suddenly stop loving them as an adult). Not horses. Not dogs or dolphins. All, equally. Maybe cats a little bit more. An ...more
My 7 (now 8) yr old gave these books a 5. I agree. "His books are awesome' she says.I liked the way morals were told in an entertaining way. I bet my daughter didn't feel she was being moralized at because she wanted to hear the whole book. I've tried others that had a distinct 'moral' or 'value' and she hates it.(Books that go ... is thankful or ... learns to be honest. blah.

Burgess books are interesting entertaining and a good read. Hopefully the little lessons learned by the animals were also
Jonathan Marshall
The Burgess Books

This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Of
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burgess takes the child into the mind of the animal and lets them live their life. They feel the anger of someone trying to take what is theirs. They know the struggle to eat when winter lingers.

He does present a biased view of hunters---always unfair and seeking to kill without regard for nature.

With that bias aside, a child could learn to be a deer by reading the book!
Jan 19, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So sweet ! The balance of life is well played out in the green forest. You can not think about about a Deer season the same way! My son wanted it to go on.
Roseanne Wilkins
I highly recommend all of the books by Thornton Burgess for reading aloud to children. They are as delightful today as when they were written (1920s).
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Thornton W. (Waldo) Burgess (1874-1965), American author, naturalist and conservationist, wrote popular children's stories including the Old Mother West Wind (1910) series. He would go on to write more than 100 books and thousands of short-stories during his lifetime.
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