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Bowser the Hound

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Old Man Coyote craftily leads Bowser the hound away from home, and Bowser gets lost. Will Bowser find his way back to Farmer Brown's? Will Reddy Fox finally catch himself a chicken, now that Bowser is no longer guarding the hen house? This is one of many delightful books by the naturalist Thornton W. Burgess, who wrote children's stories featuring the animals of the Green Forest and the Green Meadows.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .As I live," he muttered, "that is Bowser the Hound! It certainly is. Now what is he doing way over here? I've never known him to go so far from home before."

CHAPTER VII BLACKY THE CROW TAKES PITY ON BOWSER Beneath a coat of ebon hue
May beat a heart that's kind and true.
The worst of scamps in time of need
Will often do a kindly deed.
Bowser the Hound.

"Caw, ca-a-w!" exclaimed Blacky the Crow. Bowser looked up to the top of the tall tree where Blacky sat, and in his great, soft eyes was such a look of friendliness that it gave Blacky a funny feeling. You know Blacky is not used to friendly looks. He is used to quite the other kind. Bowser came out of the old sugar house where he had spent the night and whined softly as he looked up at Blacky, and as he whined he wagged his tail ever so slightly. Blacky didn't know what to make of it. He had never been more surprised in his life. He did. . . Read More

Community Reviews

We've been going back and reading some of the Burgess books we missed. We enjoyed it. We just read Old Man Coyote so all the characters in this one were ones we knew. This is the only Burgess book I've read that feels like it has a real ending with all is well for all (even Reddy Fox) so that wa...more

Another great book, but not all that much about Bowser the Hound. My 4 and 5 year old boys loved it as a read aloud!

Bowser the Hound. The story is actually not that only focused on Bowser, but it is centered around mainly 3 characters: Bowser himself, Blacky the Crow, & Reddy Fox. The story begins when Bowser had been chasing Old Man coyote until the latter tricked him and lured him far far away from his h...more

Cute kids book. A parable or I guess more of a fable, life lessons.

I liked it. Bowser the Hound chases Old Man Coyote and he gets lost and it's how he gets back.

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

I liked it. It's about how old man coyote leads Bowser the Hound out of the way and he's lost and it's about how he gets back.

That was a good book. It teaches many morals in a simple way to children. But the book is not that simple. It has many twist.

Cute kids book about a dog named Bowser, and his adventures as he gets lost and then found again. The chapters are very short and each one begins with a moral.