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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad is another in the long line of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, we follow the adventures of Old Mr. Toad as he joins the Spring Chorus at the Smiling Pool, shows off his babies, displays his special tongue to Peter Rabbit and has a very special encounter with Buster Bear. We also learn little lessons about life such as pride can burst like a great big bubble, your friends' hidden talents may surprise you and it is considered impolite to watch someone change his clothes - especially when he eats them.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Toad might have hidden, but not a trace of him did they find.

"Tra-la-la-lee! Oka-chee! Oka-chee! Happy am I as I can be!"

sang Mr. Redwing, as he swayed to and fro among the bulrushes.

"Say, Mr. Redwing, have you seen Old Mr. Toad?" called Peter Rabbit.

"No," replied Mr. Redwing. "Is that whom you fellows are looking for? I wondered if you had lost something. What do you want with Old Mr. Toad?"

Peter explained how they had followed Old Mr. Toad just to see what he really was up to. "Of course we know that he hasn't any more voice than I have," declared Peter, "but we are curious to know if he really thinks he has, and why he should be in such a hurry to reach the Smiling Pool. It looks to us as if the spring has made Old Mr. Toad crazy."

"Oh, that's it, is it?" replied Mr. Redwing, his bright eyes twinkling. "Some people don't know as much as they might. I've been wondering where Old Mr. Toad was, and I'm e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This story tells quite a bit about toads, and deals with pride and judging people without knowing them. It’s a fun, interesting, quick read. 

A Favourite Quote: “...you know to give joy to others is to add to your own joy.”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “From over in the Green Me

I read this one to my 6 year old grandson, who loved it! I was happy to revisit an old favorite. Thornton W. Burgess’s books serve to teach life lessons while introducing readers to nature in a very entertaining way. The animal characters interact with each other in natural ways as they go through t

Harper age 8:Old Mr. Toad was acting strangely, and his behavior puzzled all the creatures of the Green Meadow. You see, he was in a hurry, and Old Mr. Toad NEVER hurried unless he was in danger. Where on earth could he be off to? To find out, Jimmy Skunk, Peter Cottontail, Unc' Billy Possum, and so

This is regarded as a Bedtime Story-Book, written in 1916. I was bored with it. I know it's a classic, but the age group that might enjoy it best would be someone under the age of 5. If you like classics like this one, you may even enjoy it. But it is a very old classic and I would rather be reading

Read with my kids, they loved it! Thornton Burgess was a distant relative, and my grandma had me read all his books when I was little, so it's lovely to be coming back to them with my kids.

I liked when Old Mr Toad and Old Grandfather Frog were getting dressed under a piece of bark. That's the part I liked.

I enjoyed the words of wisdom

Het verhaal van Old Mister Toad, die in de lente naar de poel gaat om er te zingen, en er dan blijft tot zijn kinderen op een regenachtige dag de wijde wereld in trekken. Mister Toad beleeft nog andere avonturen, onder meer wordt hij door Buster Bear uitgenodigd om samen (mieren) te eten, waardoor d

Not as much excitement or humor as some of the others, but still a good story.

Abby loved this book! (8yrs)

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