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The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Poor Mrs. Quack the Duck has suffered terrible misfortunes at the hands of hunters with guns. Peter Rabbit, Jerry Muskrat, and the other animals of the Green Forest band together to help her find a safe place to live and to locate the missing Mr. Quack.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ould find, as far as possible from the homes of men, but even then he was never careless. He would lead us around back and forth over the place he had chosen, and we would all look with all our might for signs of danger. If we saw none, we would drop down a little nearer and a little nearer. But with all our watchfulness, we never could be sure, absolutely sure, that all was safe. Sometimes those terrible two-legged creatures would be hiding in the very middle of the wildest, most lonely looking marshes. They would be covered with grass so that we couldn't see them. Then, as we flew over them, would come the bang, bang, bang, bang of terrible guns, and always some of our flock would drop. We would have to leave them behind, for we knew if we wanted to live we must get beyond the reach of those terrible guns. So we would fly our hardest. It was awful, just simply awful!"

Mrs. Quack paused and shuddered, and Peter Rabbit and Jerry Muskrat shuddered . . . Read More

Community Reviews

My mom used to read this to my sister and I when we were very little. I don't really remember it well and should read it again! I just remember a character called honker the goose...more

The least entertaining of Thornton's books that we've yet read. While interesting and informative it's more glum due to poor Mrs. Quack's situation as the title of the book suggests.

Not really interested enough to read the other books to find out, but when did Farmer Brown’s Boy become a friend? Love that Sammy is still being not-a-jerk.

Finally got back to this one. Had some good parts parts about self-control etc. there was just so much about the guns and hunters that it didn’t feel as appropriate for young ones as I had hoped (and remembered from my own childhood).

3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This is a good, interesting book, which certainly tends to make one sympathetic towards the poor ducks. One mention of Mother Nature.

A Favourite Quote: “And yet without knowing it, Peter WAS helping Mrs. Quack. He was giving her his sympathy, and sympathy often helps others a

I liked it on the chapter where Mrs Quack tells Peter Rabbit her worries, and I think it was Chapter 5.

i must have read this book as a child , as I had 'drawn' illustrations on the inside covers , but had forgotten this wonderful tale of resourceful creatures thwarting evil hunters.

My personal favorite.

This was a Waldorf suggestion, but didn't go over well with my 7-year-old. While a realistic enough story line, it's a depressing tale. Ends well enough, but too somber for a happy-go-lucky child.

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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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