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The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Join us as we follow Jerry Muskrat and his friends on an adventure to discover what is threatening their homeland, Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why, all the Minks and the Coons and the Otters and the Muskrats, who live and play around the Smiling Pool and the Laughing Brook, were hunting for traps. Yes, Sir, they were hunting for traps set by Farmer Brown's boy, just as Grandfather Frog had advised them to.

Jerry Muskrat and Little Joe Otter were hunting together. They were swimming along close to shore just where the Laughing Brook leaves the Smiling Pool, when Jerry wrinkled up his funny little nose and stopped swimming. Sniff, sniff, sniff, went Jerry Muskrat. Then little cold shivers ran down his backbone and way out to the tip of his tail.

"What is it?" asked Little Joe Otter.

"It's the man-smell," whispered Jerry.

Just then Little Joe Otter gave a long sniff. "My, I smell fish!" he cried, his eyes sparkling, and started in the direction from which the smell came. He swam faster than Jerry, and in a minute he shouted in delight.

"Hi, Jerry! Some one's . . . Read More

Community Reviews

3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a fun, quick read with some good lessons. I loved Spotty’s part and the little talk about words. 

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I'm not sure how this sweet little children's book came into my possession, but I dutifully read it on my quest to read every book in my house. Although it is over 100 years old, it holds up better than I would have expected in both style and tone. A collection of diverse animals teams up to resolve

I really liked it and it had tons of exciting chapters like how Jerry Muskrat broke down the wall that Paddy the Beaver had made. Actually I think it was a dam or something that beavers make to keep the water in and their home.

Het eerste deel van het verhaal gaat erover dat Farmer Brown's boy overal vallen gezet heeft rond de Smiling Pool en de Laughing Brook. Jerry Muskrat kende geen vallen, en er was er een toegeklapt op zijn staart. Gelukkig kon hij ontsnappen. De dieren van de waterkant komen bijeen, en Grandfather Fr

The World of the Green Forest and Meadows was one of my absolute favourites when I was young. I've spent much time collecting as many Thornton Burgess books as I can find for my children now. These are the most charming, unassuming books you could ever dream of reading. Thornton Burgess teaches us a

This book is very exciting because you never know what's going to happen next! The best two characters in the book are Spotty the Turtle and Jerry Muskrat. I like Spotty the Turtle's sayings. And I like Jerry Muskrat because he is just plain funny.

This was a fun little book that told about different creatures through story. The chapters were extremely short (some just a couple pages) and tended to summarize/recap the last chapter. Which might have been helpful to pull the threads of memory out for us if we only read one chapter a day; but as

I really liked this short children's book about a beaver. It is a good example of how a story can teach children about nature without becoming too theoretical. Essentially it is just a fun story. It has humor, some action, and some very well thought out image of the animals.

Burgess explains what th

New (to me) author. Sweet little tale of small animals—Grandfather Frog, Jerry Muskrat, Billy Mink, Spotty Turtle, and Joe Otter among them—living by the Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool. In this one they deal with traps put by Farmer Brown’s son and a mysterious trouble that has struck their home be

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

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