Thornton W. Burgess

The Burgess Animal Book for Children


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Peter Rabbit goes to school, with Mother Nature as his teacher. In this zoology book for children, Thornton W. Burgess describes the mammals…

The Burgess Bird Book for Children


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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 Je…

The Adventures of Reddy Fox


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The Adventures of Reddy Fox is another in the series of children’s stories by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, Reddy and …

The Adventures of Buster Bear


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The Adventures of Buster Bear is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. Buster Bear has many adventu…

Mrs. Peter Rabbit


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A wonderful book in which we meet the lucky little bunny who becomes Mrs. Peter Rabbit! This is one of many delightful animal books written …

Bowser the Hound


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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 R…

The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk


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The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list children's books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy …

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse (dramatic reading)


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Danny begins his tale regretting the length of his tail until he is corrected by Mr. Toad. Then he has a series of stalkings by Reddy and Gr…

The Adventures of Paddy Beaver


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The Adventures of Paddy Beaver is another in the long list of children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, th…

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel


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Chatterer the Red Squirrel finds himself in trouble again and is forced to abandon his old home. As the search for a new home begins, Chatte…

The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat (dramatic reading)


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Join us as we follow Jerry Muskrat and his friends on an adventure to discover what is threatening their homeland, Laughing Brook and Smilin…

Mother West Wind's Children


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"You can't fool old Mother Nature. No, Sir, you can't fool old Mother Nature, and it's of no use to try." The animals of the Gree…

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck


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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck is another in the long list of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, it is …

Old Mother West Wind


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Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children's stories. He loved the beauty of natu…

The Adventures of Prickly Porky


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A stranger from the North Woods has just arrived in the Green Forest causing a great stir among the woodland creatures who live there. They …

The Adventures of Mr. Mocker (dramatic reading)


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When an innocent blue jay starts talking in his sleep, it's up to him to find out what's going on in this fun, naturalistic, Southern-style …

Old Granny Fox


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Old Granny Fox and grandson Reddy Fox must use all their cunning to hunt up enough food to survive the long winter. Food in the Green Meadow…

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog


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Longlegs the Blue Heron felt decidedly out of sorts. It was a beautiful morning, too beautiful for any one to be feeling that way. Indeed, i…

The Adventures of Old Man Coyote


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The Adventures of Old Man Coyote is another in the long list of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, the …

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail


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This is the story of Peter Rabbit, a mischievous, but cautious, lagomorph who lives in the Green Meadows. Peter Rabbit begins his adventures…

The Adventures of Bob White


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The Adventures of Bob White is another in the long line of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Bob White…

Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories


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Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and prolific author of children's books. His gently humorous stories about the animals of the mead…

The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad


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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad is another in the long line of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, we foll…

The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer


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The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. More serious than som…

The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack


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"Hello, Jerry Muskrat! We'd forgotten all about you," said Mrs. Quack. "What was that you said?" Jerry good-naturedly re…

The Adventures of Sammy Jay


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There's nothing that sly troublemaker Sammy Jay likes better than stealing corn - unless it's playing tricks on the other animals in the for…

Happy Jack


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The adventures and perils of Happy Jack the Squirrel in the Green Forest, co-starring Happy Jack's cousins Chatterer the Red Squirrel and St…

In the Nursery of My Bookhouse


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Full of delightful nursery rhymes, charming poems and engaging stories, folk and fairy tales, this is the first volume of the "My Bookh…

The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum


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Another short story for children by the well-known conversationalist and writer, Thornton W. Burgess. This story revolves around Unc' Billy …

Mother West Wind "How" Stories


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Peter Rabbit has many questions. How did Howler the Wolf get his name? How did Lightfoot the Deer learn to jump? How did Drummer the Woodpec…

Mother West Wind "When" Stories


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Thorton Burgess gives us a collection of stories about the animals, explaining 'when' they got their peculiar traits. As usual the stories …

Blacky the Crow


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Blacky the Crow is a clever rascal who lives in the Green Forest and Meadow. He loves to play tricks on the other little people who are his …

The Adventures of Bobby Coon


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"In this engaging story, Bobby Raccoon suffers a series of mishaps. Following a bad dream, he bites his own tail, is given a dreadful f…

Coffee Break Collection 008 - Animals


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This is the eighth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in len…

Whitefoot the Wood Mouse


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This is the story of Whitefoot the wood mouse, the most timid and shy creature in all the Green Forest. You see, Whitefoot has many enemies …

Mother West Wind's Animal Friends


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This is the 6th compilation of childrens bedtime stories by conservationist and newspaper columnist author Thornton Waldo Burgess. Burgess u…

Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories


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The continuing adventures of Peter Cottontail and his friends. - Summary by Jude Somers

The Adventures of Reddy Fox (version 2)


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This timeless story tells of an overconfident little fox who steals a plump pet hen and is hotly pursued by Farmer Brown's boy and Bowser th…

Children's Short Works, Vol. 013


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Librivox’s Children’s Short Works Collection 013: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of Libr…

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel (version 2 Dramatic Version)


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Author and editor of numerous children's books, Thornton W. Burgess was also a noted conservationist. In writing for youngsters he combined …

Children's Short Works, Vol. 012


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Librivox’s Children’s Short Works Collection 012: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of Libr…

Children's Short Works, Vol. 014


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Librivox’s Children’s Short Works Collection 014: a collection of 15 short works for children in the public domain read by a variety of Libr…

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel (version 3)


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Chatterer the Red Squirrel finds himself in trouble again and is forced to abandon his old home. As the search for a new home begins, Chatte…

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail (version 2)


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This is the story of Peter Rabbit, a mischievous, but cautious, lagomorph who lives in the Green Meadows. Peter Rabbit begins his adventures…

Happy Jack


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Who would have thought dropping a nut would cause so much trouble? No sooner does Happy Jack the Gray Squirrel go scampering down the tree t…