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  • Thornton W. Burgess

    The Adventures of Buster Bear is another set of children's stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. Buster Bear has many adventures and misadventures as he meets the different characters in the Green Forest near the Laughing Brook. Along the way, we learn about the habits of Buster and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of sharing, not stealing, making friends and not sticking one's head into tin pails. (Summary by John...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    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 spring time and a young chuck's fancy turns to thoughts of ... traveling, protecting one's turf, finding a new home, and yes, love. Along the way, we learn little lessons about life such as there are good and bad kinds of pride, the importance of keeping secrets and that, even in the animal world, the three most important factors in determining the desirability of property are "location, location, location." (Summary by John...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    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 residents of The Green Pasture and The Green Forest are concerned about a strange newcomer, Old Man Coyote. Old Many Coyote matches wits with Old Granny Fox and has encounters with Reddy Fox and Peter Rabbit, and a particularly sharp confrontation with Prickly Porky. - Summary by John...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    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 follow the adventures of Old Mr. Toad as he joins the Spring Chorus at the Smiling Pool, shows off his babies, displays his special tongue to Peter Rabbit and has a very special encounter with Buster Bear. We also learn little lessons about life such as pride can burst like a great big bubble, your friends' hidden talents may surprise you and it is considered impolite to watch someone change his clothes - especially when he eats them. (Summary by John...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    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 and Mrs. Bob White make a new home near the Old Briar Patch where they become neighbors with Peter Rabbit. We learn what Bob White likes to eat, how he protects his nest from being discovered, and who his friends and his enemies are. We also learn that sometimes it's not good to know everything, that arithmetic can be a useful tool, and that a Bob White needs to stay far away from the two-legged creatures who carry fire-sticks. - Summary by John...read more

  • John George Nicolay

    John G. Nicolay was Abraham Lincoln's private White House secretary. With assistant secretary, John Hay, he wrote the two volume definitive biography of Lincoln, "Abraham Lincoln, a Biography." Although this is a condensation by Nicolay of that biography, it is still a sizable work and a fairly thorough treatment of the life of the 16th president of the United States. Summary by John...read more

  • Mary Agnes Hamilton

    In this biography for young adults, Mary A. Hamilton gives a British person's perspective on the 16th President of the United States. A glowing tribute to "Honest Abe", the author traces Lincoln's ancestral roots and recounts his birth in Kentucky, his youth in Indiana, his adult life in Illinois and his years in the White House. She also provides a good background on the causes and course of the American Civil War. Hamilton is not always historically precise. For example, she erroneously names Jefferson Davis as the Southern Democratic candidate for president running against Lincoln and Douglas in 1860 rather than John C. Breckinridge. However, overall "The Story of Abraham Lincoln" is...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    The Adventures of Paddy Beaver is another in the long list of children's books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, the industrious and clever Paddy Beaver, a newcomer to the Green Forest, has encounters with Sammy Jay, Jerry Muskrat, Ol' Man Coyote and other inhabitants of the Green Forest. Along the way, we learn how Paddy builds his dam and his house, and how he stores his food. We also learn little lessons about life, such as the importance of planning before doing, caring for Nature, trusting others, the benefits of working together and how wonderful it is to have a job one can sink one's teeth into. (Summary by John...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list children's books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy Skunk has encounters with Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, Unc’ Billy Possum and other acquaintances of his in the Green Meadows and Green Forest. Along the way, we learn some of the habits of Jimmy and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of always keeping one's temper, keeping promises and not playing practical jokes. We are also treated to a philosophical discussion by Jimmy Skunk on the advantages of defensive weaponry. (Summary by John...read more

  • Jeffery Farnol

    The Money Moon is a light-hearted romance. Jilted in love, our American millionaire hero, George Bellow, takes a walking tour of the Kent countryside to overcome the “Haunting Spectre of the Might Have Been”. Along the way he makes friends with a young boy out to discover a fortune to save his Aunt Anthea from having to sell the family estate and George discovers his ideal “Arcadia” and true...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    The Adventures of Reddy Fox is another in the series of children’s stories by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, Reddy and Granny Fox must outsmart Farmer Brown’s Boy who is out to get Reddy for stealing his pet chicken. Along the way, Reddy encounters many of the citizens of the Green Meadows and the Green Forest and with him we learn little lessons about life such as: the perils of being a show off; the importance of using all of one’s senses; that it is a fine thing to show sympathy and kindness to others – even our enemies; and that the value of a grandmother’s wisdom is...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    Young and mischievous Reddy Fox has been stealing chickens from Farmer Brown‘s boy, and now he and Granny Fox must outsmart him so they do not get caught. Along the way, Reddy encounters many of author Thornton W. Burgess‘ other beloved characters, like Drummer the Woodpecker and Peter Rabbit. And he learns many valuable lessons like the importance of sympathy and kindness, and the danger of showing off all the time. `The Adventures of Reddy Fox‘ (1913) is a funny, imaginative an thoroughly enjoyable story that manages to hold the child‘s attention while instilling important but subtle...read more

  • Thornton W. Burgess

    Something strange is going on ... The waters of the Smiling Pool and the Laughing Brook have been mysteriously reduced to tiny streams and the creatures of the Green Forest are in a panic! Until they discover the reason: Paddy the Beaver has arrived to make a new home for himself and therefore stopped the flow of the waters. `The Adventures of Paddy Beaver‘ (1917) is another one of Thornton W. Burgess‘ wonderful stories set in the surroundings of nature and its inhabitants. He teaches children valuable lessons about friendship, trust and respect for the environment without ever being...read more