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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Adventures of Paddy Beaver is another in the long list of children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, the industrious and clever Paddy Beaver, a newcomer to the Green Forest, has encounters with Sammy Jay, Jerry Muskrat, Ol’ Man Coyote and other inhabitants of the Green Forest. Along the way, we learn how Paddy builds his dam and his house, and how he stores his food. We also learn little lessons about life, such as the importance of planning before doing, caring for Nature, trusting others, the benefits of working together and how wonderful it is to have a job one can sink one’s teeth into.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .tree in which he was sitting.

Sammy wasn't hurt, but he was wet and muddy and terribly frightened—the most miserable-looking Jay that ever was seen. It was too much for all the little people who were hiding. They just had to laugh. Then they all came out to pay their respects to Paddy the Beaver.

CHAPTER V Paddy Keeps His Promise.

Paddy the Beaver kept right on working just as if he hadn't any visitors. You see, it is a big undertaking to build a dam. And when that was done there was a house to build and a supply of food for the winter to cut and store. Oh, Paddy the Beaver had no time for idle gossip, you may be sure! So he kept right on building his dam. It didn't look much like a dam at first, and some of Paddy's visitors turned up their noses when they first saw it. They had heard stories of what a wonderful dam-builder Paddy was, and they had expected to see something like the smooth, grass-covered bank with whic. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Read aloud with Notgrass Our 50 States. Kids loved it. I liked it. Good moral lesson.

I've really enjoyed rereading these stories that my father used to read to my brother and I when we were kids. My boys (now men) never really took to these books. However, I undertook to read all of these books before I eliminated them from my Kindle. There are 19 books in the Bedtime Storybook coll

Love the Thornton Burgess books. Caleb will listen to these on repeat all day if I let him. (Audio on CanonPlus)

'Work, work all night/While the stars are shining bright;/Work, work, all the day;/I have got no time to play' was a little rhyme that Paddy the Beaver sang as he toiled at building the dam which was to make the pond that he so much desired deep in the Green Forest. The rhyme wasn't quite true becau

Words, language and the beauty of a story well told has been all but lost on the contemporary reader, myself included! I was reminded of this as I listened to this delightful tale narrated by a lovely trained reader whose interpretation of these animal adventures took me to a beautiful green forest

It's been a rough week - family member out of commission from a bacterial infection and the Senate out of commission from a Putin infection. All I had time and energy for reading the past few days was this little treasure from childhood, that sits on the tiny child-sized bookshelf from my childhood

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

Thornton W. Burgess used his animal tales to educate children about the ways of animals and teach life lessons. The amusing stories of various creatures of the forest make for charming tales that are so fun and interesting that the children of yesteryear may not have even noticed that they were lear

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