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The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Poor Mrs. Quack the Duck has suffered terrible misfortunes at the hands of hunters with guns. Peter Rabbit, Jerry Muskrat, and the other animals of the Green Forest band together to help her find a safe place to live and to locate the missing Mr. Quack.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ould find, as far as possible from the homes of men, but even then he was never careless. He would lead us around back and forth over the place he had chosen, and we would all look with all our might for signs of danger. If we saw none, we would drop down a little nearer and a little nearer. But with all our watchfulness, we never could be sure, absolutely sure, that all was safe. Sometimes those terrible two-legged creatures would be hiding in the very middle of the wildest, most lonely looking marshes. They would be covered with grass so that we couldn't see them. Then, as we flew over them, would come the bang, bang, bang, bang of terrible guns, and always some of our flock would drop. We would have to leave them behind, for we knew if we wanted to live we must get beyond the reach of those terrible guns. So we would fly our hardest. It was awful, just simply awful!"

Mrs. Quack paused and shuddered, and Peter Rabbit and Jerry Muskrat shuddered . . . Read More

Community Reviews

My mom used to read this to my sister and I when we were very little. I don't really remember it well and should read it again! I just remember a character called honker the goose...more

I liked it. ⭐⭐⭐

Cute children's book.

My personal favorite.

i liked it

This was a Waldorf suggestion, but didn't go over well with my 7-year-old. While a realistic enough story line, it's a depressing tale. Ends well enough, but too somber for a happy-go-lucky child.

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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...more

I liked it. I would rate it 4 1/2 - maybe a little closer to 5.