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The Burgess Animal Book for Children

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Peter Rabbit goes to school, with Mother Nature as his teacher. In this zoology book for children, Thornton W. Burgess describes the mammals of North America in the form of an entertaining story, including plenty of detail but omitting long scientific names. There is an emphasis on conservation.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chuck might make a nest on the ground the way Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Jumper do," replied Jumper meekly.

"No, siree!" replied Johnny. "Our babies are born in that little underground bedroom, and they stay down in the ground until they are big enough to hunt for food for themselves."

"How many do you usually have?" inquired Chatterer the Red Squirrel.

"Six or eight," replied Johnny Chuck. "Mrs. Chuck and I believe in large families."

"Do you eat nuts like the rest of our family?" inquired
Striped Chipmunk.

"No," replied Johnny Chuck. "Give me green food every time. There is nothing so good as tender sweet clover and young grass, unless it be some of those fine vegetables Farmer Brown grows in his garden"

Peter Rabbit nodded his head very emphatically as if he quite agreed.

"I suppose you are what is called a veg. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a very long readaloud project, which we completed, a chapter or two per week, over the course of an academic year, finally finishing (!) today.

I wouldn't put (probably no one puts) Thornton Burgess beside the greatest writers, and this book lacks the brilliance I could imagine it having. I

This was a *wonderful* way to learn about mammals. We took this book very (very) slow. It took us over a year to read. There were times we couldn't read a whole chapter in one sitting because it was too long. But if you let go of the schedule and just enjoy, it's amazing. We colored a picture, narra

“Now we will close school. I hope you have enjoyed learning as much as I have enjoyed teaching, and I hope that what you have learned will be of use to you as long as you live. The more knowledge you possess the better fitted for your part in the work of the Great World you will be. Don’t forget tha

Definitely a living book- a fun way to introduce your children to the many, MANY different creatures in North America. It covers a lot of ground quickly, so if you're looking for in-depth details of different animals, this isn't what you're looking for. However, if you're looking for an engaging way

Fantastic book of nature lore pertaining to North American animals. Accessible and well written. I dare say I liked it even better than his Bird Book. (AmblesideOnline year 2 book)

Although I've posted this review on the readily accessible Dover reprint of this children’s literature classic, that’s not actually the version The Eight-Year-Old is reading.

I generally love the Dover reprints. Most of our Burgess books are from the Dover collection. But in the case of The Burgess

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