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The Adventures of Bob White (The Bedtime Story Books)

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Bob White is a busy, busy bird with many friends, but when he decides to build a new home why does he decide to keep it a secret? And why did Mrs. Bob White pick such a dangerous place for their new home? Later, why does Peter have to watch his step when Mrs. Bob White comes to visit, and why does Farmer Brown’s boy decide that he really loves the Bob Whites? And then a hu ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Amereon Limited (first published January 1900)
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I'm going through my books and trying to toss some. I took this to read since I'm not sure I have read this title before. I am tossing some of my Burgess books. Some are somewhat racist at least enough to make me uncomfortable, and some are pretty preachy. Others consist of characters playing slightly mean jokes on each other. However, this title I'll keep. It is among the best of these books. Essentially, a substantial amount is really nonfiction and teaching the kids a lot about a species unde ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Hello to an old friend- memories of discovering Thornton Burgess in an old school house in upstate NY made me smile, as did the stories. Of course they're didactic and sexist now (possibly a bit racist as well- there's an element of adapting Brer Rabbit stories for an American Beatrix Potter audience), but 1926 was a long time ago, and Mr. Bob White's story still is lovely. Not sure what the NRA would think about the anti-gun/ anti-hunting message in it...
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Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-friendly
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
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
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-420

This was a very quick and charming tale. It was different from anything else I read for class in that the main characters were animals--a family of birds to be exact. It is a simple story of their efforts to build a home and survive, and their interactions with other dangerous animals and humans. The famous Peter Rabbit actually makes a guest appearance in the story. :)The Bob White family (the birds) learn wisdom about survival and trust. Eventually they meet a young farm boy and they h
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Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Peter Rabbit knows that Mr. and Mrs. Bob White have a nest somewhere near the Dear Old Briar Patch—but he can’t find it anywhere, no matter how hard he searches! Reddy Fox and Old Granny Fox are searching for it, too, but for a different reason. Peter is amazed when Mrs. Bob shows up one day with 15 babies. Throughout the summer, Farmer Brown’s boy notices that their garden and wheat field are remarkably free of bugs, although the neighbors all around have major bug problems. Why? The Bob White ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read aloud with Lila.
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Book about various type of animals.
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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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