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The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy Skunk has encounters with Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, Unc’ Billy Possum and other acquaintances of his in the Green Meadows and Green Forest. Along the way, we learn some of the habits of Jimmy and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of always keeping one’s temper, keeping promises and not playing practical jokes. We are also treated to a philosophical discussion by Jimmy Skunk on the advantages of defensive weaponry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Peter had ever seen.

Now it just happened that Old Man Coyote had started to cross the Green Meadows right at the foot of the hill just as the barrel started down. Of course, he heard the noise and looked up to see what it meant. When he saw that barrel rushing right down at him, it frightened him so that he just gave one yelp and started for the Old Pasture like a gray streak. He gave Peter a chance to see just how fast he can run, and16 Peter made up his mind right then that he never would run a race with Old Man Coyote.

Down at the bottom of the hill was a big stone, and when the barrel hit this, the hoops broke, and the barrel fell all apart. Peter decided that it was high time for him to get out of sight. So he dodged into the old house of Johnny Chuck and lay low in the doorway, where he could watch. He saw Jimmy Skunk lay perfectly still, and a great fear crept into his heart. Had Jimmy been killed? He hadn't once thought of what might happen to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

my 7 yr old gave this a 5. I agree. 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

I really enjoyed these fun short stories and would definitely recommend this book for kids!

4 stars & 4/10 hearts. This is a particularly humorous Burgess book. Jimmy Skunk, Unc’ Billy Possum, & Peter Rabbit bring humour to almost every page. Definitely one of my favourite Burgess books. 

A Favourite Quote: “‘I really don't want to go back there tonight,’ he muttered, ‘but I guess I'll have

Read this aloud to the kids but I think I enjoy these as much as they do (maybe more) :). I like these books because it presents habits of these animals in an easy to suggest manner without having to memorize facts.

Jimmy Skunk threw some perfume in Reddy Fox's eyes. And Reddy Fox was wiping it because some even got in his eyes. And the words said "poor Reddy". Done.

To easy to read for me, but still it is interesting. It is not as much about Jimmy Skunk as I thought though, becuase there are large parts about the fox and the rabbit, along with a bit about the possum.

We are continuing to love these books. I think the appeal lies in a few things for the kids. They are funny, the illustrations are well-done, and the author does a great job of drawing us into the story and creating believable adventures for the animals that live in the Green Meadow, the Green Wood,

Great read

Great read with my 4 year old son. My son is now obsessed with skunks. And keeps reminding me that they eat beetles and eggs

Nog een verhaaltje voor het slapengaan van Burgess. Jimmy Skunk, het stinkdier, beleeft vele avonturen met zijn vrienden en medebewoners van het bos, de wei en de boomgaard.
Het leuke is dat verschillende dieren telkens terugkomen in de verhalen, zoals Peter Rabbit, Buster Bear, Billy Possum, Sammy J

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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 ver

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