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The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. More serious than some of Burgess' other children's books, much of this book chronicles the tense predator-prey relationship of a human hunter and Lightfoot the Deer during the autumn hunting season. Later, Lightfoot discovers a hunt of a different kind.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ey happened to surprise him, but these frights lasted only until he reached the nearest bramble-tangle or hollow log where they could not get at him. But the fear that chilled his heart now never left him even for a moment.

And Peter knew that this same fear was clutching at the hearts of Bob White, hiding in the brown stubble; of Mrs. Grouse, squatting in the thickest bramble-tangle in the Green Forest; of Uncle Billy Possum and Bobby Coon in their hollow trees; of Jerry Muskrat in the Smiling Pool; of Happy Jack Squirrel, hiding in the tree tops; of[pg 27] Lightfoot the Deer, lying in the closest thicket he could find. It was even clutching at the hearts of Granny and Reddy Fox and of great, big Buster Bear. It seemed to Peter that no one was so big or so small that this terrible Spirit of Fear had not searched him out.

Far in the distance sounded a sudden bang. Peter jumped and shivered. He knew that every one else who had heard that bang had jum. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I remember reading this as a child, and it was very dear to me. It truly is a sweet story of a deer and its adventures.

It took us awhile to finish this book because life got in the way, but by the end of it my daughter had learned so much about nature and was truly invested in the story. It went from one chapter a night to as many as she puked get out of me by the end of it. We both loved it very much. She was ov...more

Mostly I kind of liked it when Lightfoot got married. And almost all of the chapters were exciting.

Het is jachtseizoen, en een jager is vastbesloten Lightfoot te grazen te nemen. Met de hulp van Paddy Beaver en Sammy Jay kan Lightfoot een hele tijd ontsnappen aan de jager, maar als er dan honden komen die zijn spoor ruiken, kan hij geen kant meer op. De enige mogelijkheid is de rivier over te...more

This was a great read-aloud with my early-elementary-age child. I will be seeking out more from the author, and I'm surprised I'd not come across this series before.

A lifetime later and still enjoying these little animal tales of my childhood.

I loved this book when I was 8--had forgotten it was such an anti-hunting diatribe.

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

My 7 (now 8) yr old gave these books a 5. I agree. "His books are awesome' she says.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'...more

Author's Dedication:
TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF OUR FOUR-FOOTED FRIENDS IN THE GREEN FOREST WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS LITTLE VOLUME MAY IN SOME DEGREE AID IN THE PROTECTION OF THE INNOCENT AND HELPLESS

Angry hunters with terrible guns roam the Green Forest so Lightfoot The Deer needs to be careful. Sam...more

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