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Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgess
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Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children’s stories. He loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books. Many of 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 and stories. These characters include Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle and of course, Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little Breezes. Note to parents of very small children: in Chapter 15, little Tommy Trout gets eaten by a pickerel.

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OLD MOTHER WEST WIND

By Thornton W. Burgess

TO MY MOTHER TO WHOM I OWE SO MUCH AND TO MY LITTLE SON WHOSE LOVE OF STORIES INSPIRED THESE TALES THIS LITTLE VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.

CONTENTS:

CHAPTER

I. MRS. REDWING'S SPECKLED EGG

II. WHY GRANDFATHER FROG HAS NO TAIL

III. HOW REDDY FOX WAS SURPRISED

IV. WHY JIMMY SKUNK WEARS STRIPES

V. THE WILFUL LITTLE BREEZE

VI. REDDY FOX GOES FISHING

VII. JIMMY SKUNK LOOKS FOR BEETLES

VIII. BILLY MINK'S SWIMMING PARTY

IX. PETER RABBIT PLAYS A JOKE

X. HOW SAMMY JAY WAS FOUND OUT

XI. JERRY MUSKRAT'S PARTY

XII. BOBBY COON AND REDDY FOX PLAY TRICKS

XIII. JOHNNY CHUCK FINDS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD

XIV. LITTLE JOE OTTER'S SLIPPERY SLIDE

XV. THE TALE OF TOMMY TROUT WHO DIDN'T MIND

XVI. SPOTTY THE TURTLE WINS A RACE

CHAPTER I. MRS. REDWING'S SPECKLED EGG

Old Mother West Wind came down from the Purple Hills in the golden light of the early morning. Over her shoulders was slung a bag a great big bag and in the bag were all of Old Mother West Wind's children, the Merry Little Breezes... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - June 11, 2014
These are the wonderful stories I grew up on. They tell so many things about the habits of animals and have morals to their stories. They are a delight. Very well read.


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