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Tommy and the Wishing Stone

Thornton W. Burgess

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This is the story about Tommy and how he came to better understand the animals around him. Tommy has a favourite stone that he likes to sit upon to think about his day and ponder his troubles. He comes to name this stone the wishing-stone, as it seems to grant his impulsive wishes to become various animals that happen to cross his path while sitting there. Tommy learns first-hand about the exciting life of these animals and gains a new perspective after each exciting adventure.

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Community Reviews

Though the Bedtime Stories, Green Meadow, Green Forest, & Smiling Pool series are easier reading for children and many of them make better introductions to Thornton W. Burgess’ work, I would nominate Tommy and the Wishing Stone as hands down Burgess’ BEST book.

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We all loved reading this 100-year-old book in our 100-year-old house. Our edition had an inscription from 1921. I found this to be a beautiful way to teach respect for animals.

This one is in my favorites and gets five stars for a simple, very sentimental reason. It's the first bit of prose fiction I ever owned, given to me as a gift before I could even read, no doubt because the main character's name is Tommy. (No one, other than my mom, has called me that in a long time.