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Lightfoot the Deer

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His outdoor observations in nature were used as plots for his stories. In his first book, Old Mother West Wind, published in 1910, the reader meets many of the characters found in later books
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Published by Kiddy Monster Publication (first published 1906)
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GoldGato
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author's Dedication:
TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF OUR FOUR-FOOTED FRIENDS IN THE GREEN FOREST WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS LITTLE VOLUME MAY IN SOME DEGREE AID IN THE PROTECTION OF THE INNOCENT AND HELPLESS


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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Robyn Harrison
I loved this book when I was 8--had forgotten it was such an anti-hunting diatribe.
Jimyanni
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Thornton Burgess series in general is quite an endearing series of children's books, which do a fine job of being readable by young readers and having interesting plots and introducing young people to a variety of animals in a semi-anthropomorphized way. This particular entry, "The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" is a fine entry in the series; it does a wonderful job of bringing empathy to the plight of a deer during hunting season, and if it over-romanticizes what happens during mating se ...more
NuNu
A lifetime later and still enjoying these little animal tales of my childhood.
Karin
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
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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
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Zorphie Zorro
Apr 03, 2015 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
Ruth Flagg
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bob

This book was a childhood favorite of mine. I never forgot the scene of Lightfoot swimming across the big river while being pursued by hunters shooting at him. This memory has lasted more than 75 years. I would be more than happy to recommend this book for any child 8 to 12 years old. Ruth Flagg
Katie
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, Thornton W. Burgess was a big part of my childhood, because I would borrow the books from my grandfather's house (they used to belong to my dad and his siblings when they were young). And they aren't long books...but the older I get, the more I find that reading just a brief chapter or two is all i need for the day. So one of these will now stretch over days, instead of an afternoon.

the books are still wonderful stories for kids. Okay, so in Lightfoot's case, maybe I rolled my eyes a little
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Sonya
Jan 29, 2015 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!
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).
Helen
Jan 15, 2014 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.
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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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