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The Burgess Bird Book for Children

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Burgess Bird Book for Children is a zoology book written in the form of a story featuring Peter Rabbit. Peter learns from his friend Jenny Wren all about the birds of North America, and we meet many of them in the Old Orchard, the Green Meadow, and the Green Forest.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Off he started, lipperty-lipperty-lip, for the Smiling Pool. He kept close to the edge of the Green Forest until he reached the place where the Laughing Brook comes out of the Green Forest on its way to the Smiling Pool in the Green Meadows. Bushes and young trees grow along the banks of the Laughing Brook at this point. The ground was soft in places, quite muddy. Peter doesn't mind getting his feet damp, so he hopped along carelessly. From right under his very nose something shot up into the air with a whistling sound. It startled Peter so that he stopped short with his eyes popping out of his head. He had just a glimpse of a brown form disappearing over the tops of some tall bushes. Then Peter chuckled. "I declare," said he, "I had forgotten all about my old friend, Longbill the Woodcock. He scared me for a second."

"Then you are even," said a voice close at hand. "You scared him. I saw you coming, but Longbill didn't."

Peter turned quickly. There. . . Read More

Community Reviews

We really enjoyed this book and learned many amazing things about birds and their habits. We were as curious as Peter was about each and every new bird in the book. We paired this with a color in field guide for visuals of each bird and then listened to each bird's call after each chapter. This was

Enchanting. Hands down, one of the best children’s books ever written.

Love the actual pictures in this edition so you don’t have to go find a picture of the bird. Love this book so much. Read for AO form 1!

We read this book as part of our homeschool curriculum, exactly one chapter each and every week for the entire school year. Each chapter follows Peter (the rabbit) as he encounters and learns about a couple different species of birds in the forest and orchard where he lives. My brain could not begin

It was a very nice way to learn about birds.

So is it wrong to rate this book after reading only 2 chapters? It is soooooo good! I leave this on the coffee table and every so often my daughter picks it up, lays it in my lap, and cuddles next to me for the next story in this book. It is a living book. You get so caught up in the story you don't

Lovely. A read aloud full of adventure and birding details. We always looked forward to reading.

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