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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck is another in the long list of children’s books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, it is spring time and a young chuck’s fancy turns to thoughts of … traveling, protecting one’s turf, finding a new home, and yes, love. Along the way, we learn little lessons about life such as there are good and bad kinds of pride, the importance of keeping secrets and that, even in the animal world, the three most important factors in determining the desirability of property are “location, location, location.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .All about him the birds were singing or busily at work building new homes. And still Johnny Chuck felt unhappy. It was dreadful to feel this way and not have any good reason for it.

One bright morning Johnny Chuck sat on his door-step watching Drummer the Woodpecker building a new home in the old apple-tree. Drummer's red head flew back and forth, back and forth, and his sharp bill cut out tiny bits of wood. It was slow work; it was hard work. But Drummer seemed happy, very happy indeed. It was watching Drummer that started Johnny Chuck to thinking about his own home. He had always thought it a very nice home. He had built it just as he wanted it. From the doorstep he could look in all directions over the Green Meadows. It had a front door and a hidden back door. Yes, it was a very nice home indeed.

But now, all of a sudden, Johnny Chuck became dissatisfied with his home. It was too near the Lone Little Path. Too many people kn. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I thought it was exciting when on the chapter "A New House At Last", that's the chapter that I liked.

Another good Burgess book. I didn't like this one as much as some of the others. Johnny Chuck is out of sorts for no particular reason for the first half of the book which wasn't as enjoyable, but he is much better by the end of the book. This one apparently comes right before Peter Rabbit.

Ik vond dit een van de mindere verhaaltjes uit de reeks. Johnny Chuck is niet meer tevreden op de Green Meadows, hij wil de wereld zien. Hij geeft zijn huis aan Jimmy Skunk en trekt erop uit. Maar ver geraakt hij niet. Hij is zeer humeurig en heeft een gevecht met een oudere Chuck (marmot?) Nog s...more

This is one of several Thornton W. Burgess books that I remember my dad reading to me and my sister when we were little. Loved them. Later read it on my own.

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...more

Darling

Such a darling little book. 2 chapters at bedtime is just right for 3-10 year olds. Everything is sweet and pure and innocent including wonderful lessons and morals!

Cute story, but not as fun or relatable as Reddy Fox. The kids lost interest quickly. The main character gets married and has a family, not something they relate to. And the situations aren’t nearly as exciting. But there are good lessons at the end, about people (or animals

2.5 stars rounded up to three, but it was a close thing. Close to staying at two, that is.

April second was International Children's Book Day, and this one won out for me this year. I think I have a 1941 version (it looks like it could be that old). It was on my shelf as a child, and I think it wa...more

Incredible! It truly does not get any better when it comes to children's literature.

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...more

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