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Mother West Wind's Children

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Thornton Burgess was born in 1874 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. While growing up he explored the fields, woods, and salt marshes of Cape Cod, where he came to know the birds, animals, and plant life well. Later, as a grown man, he told stories to his young son about the animals and wildlife he knew and loved. These stories were collected in Old Mother West Wind, the first of...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1911)
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Karin
My 7 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 learned...more
Hope
I enjoyed this book. It was charming and quaint. There are some great little morals to the stories. I did however find myself wavering between utterly delighted and a little put-off. At times I found the characters to be rather mean-spirited. I can certainly appreciate the necessity of a villain as well as the honest imperfections of us all (I'm not looking for a Disney version), and yet I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at certain behaviors that were exhibited and considered acceptable by th...more
Omdog
Oct 20, 2008 Omdog rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Omdog by: my grandfather McG
I had to justify that it was really my 3 year-old self that wanted to put the 5 star rating on this book. Also, took forever looking through the 8 pages my search returned of Thornton Burgess related material, to find even one copy of the editions I have.

I need to read these stories again- actually for the first time really, since they were read to me when I was between the ages of 2 and 5.

I will say this, picking them up and reading through the chapter titles, I found myself squealing over fam...more
Terri Lynn
I don't know how I missed these books as a child but as a homeschool mom, they were recommended to me and we just thoroughly loved them. Thornton Burgess was a naturalist and it shows in these fun tales about a variety of animals who live in the most enchanting places- forests, meadows, and ponds! The stories are so charming! I love the trouble the animals get into and their adventures.
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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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