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Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories

Thornton W. Burgess

Book Overview: 

Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and prolific author of children’s books. His gently humorous stories about the animals of the meadows and woods teach little lessons about getting along with others; they are perfect bedtime stories for small children.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Grandfather Frog scowled at Peter. "If I have any more interruptions, there will be no story to-day" said he severely.

Peter looked ashamed and promised that he would hold his tongue right between his teeth until Grandfather Frog was through. Grandfather Frog cleared his throat and began again.

"Unc' Billy Possum's grandfather a thousand times removed was very much as Unc' Billy is now, only he was a little more spry and knew better than to stuff himself so full that he couldn't run. He was always very sly, and he played a great many tricks on his neighbors, and sometimes he got them into trouble. But when he did, he always managed to keep out of their way until they had forgotten all about their anger.

"One morning the very imp of mischief seemed to get into old Mr. Possum's head. Yes, Sir, it certainly did seem that way. And when you see Mischief trotting along the Lone Little P. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another delightful classic for children. Stories with talking animals, morals, very G rated and forgettable.

Read-aloud for my kids. They enjoyed and so did I. Fun stories imagining why different woodland creatures have the characteristics that they do. Each chapter can work as a standalone story which was great for being able to pick it up at intervals.

A great read-aloud

I used this as a conversation started my a song living within the confines of covid and lockdown. We could bring images to our reading by the computers and talk of words and changes in culture and how the truth of God's creation was the real wisdom for an animal's great design.

**Update 3/8/15****

I did love this book as a child and love it even more now that I'm a mother. These are wonderful short stories about various animals and how they came to look the way they do or behave the way they do. We have loved all the stories and especially curious Peter and wise old Grandfa

Rating is based on my 8 year old's opinion.

I read these in the 1940's--good children series.

Read it early in my childhood late 40s early 50s