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When the story of ‘Tilda Jane appeared serially in The Youth’s Companion in 1901, the original manuscript was very much condensed. When the time for book publication arrived nearly all the omitted matter was restored. However, some incidents were still left out, and they have formed the beginning of a new story written to please the many boys and girls who have expressed a wish to know something more of the fortunes of the orphan and her dogs. That the orphan’s old friends will follow with interest, her often groping and stumbling, yet never-wearying steps along the path of uplift for human beings and dumb creatures, is the earnest hope of the author. (Marshall Saunders – from the Prefatory Note)
Another ‘dog’s-eye view’ book for children by this early activist for the American Humane Society. In this tale, we follow the travels and adventures of Boy, a loveable and loyal wire-haired fox-terrier in city and country. – Summary by Lynne Thompson
Lovely book of nature written for children by teacher and naturalist Clara Dillingham Pierson. This book in the “Among the People” series explores the animal inhabitants of the meadow and garden. The charming prose shrinks us down and puts us in the fascinating world of the tiny insects, amphibians, and birds who call the field their home. From the author’s Introduction: “In selecting the tiny creatures of field and garden for the characters in this book, I have remembered with pleasure the way in which my six loyal pupils befriended stray crickets and grasshoppers, their intense appreciation of the new realm of fancy and observation, and the eagerness and attention with which they sought Mother Nature, the most wonderful and tireless of all story-tellers.” – Summary by Clara Dillingham Pierson & Jill Engle
Lovely book for children written by teacher and naturalist Clara Dillingham Pierson. This book in the “Among the People” series explores the animal inhabitants of a pond. The beautiful writing brings the pond creatures into being in the reader’s imagination and allows them a glimpse of the mysterious lives being carried out above and below the water’s surface. (Summary by Jill Engle)
“On that bright spring afternoon when three happy, interested children went off to the woods with their governess to take their first lesson in the study of wild flowers, they saw also some other things which made a fresh series of “Elmridge Talks,” and these things were found among the trees of the roadside and forest.” – Summary by Ella Rodman Church
The same beloved story of the adventures of a young horse that we all know and love, but rewritten by the author for young people. All of the pathos, tenderness and fun are still there, just written for a younger audience. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. (Summary by phil chenevert and Wikipedia)
Black Beauty is Anna Sewell?s first and only novel. The story is told in the ?first person? (or first horse) as an autobiographical memoir of a high-bred horse named Black Beauty, from his carefree days as a foal on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty?s life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses. (Summary from wikipedia.org)
Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was “Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell.” It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she was confined to her house as an invalid. After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals. Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children’s classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty’s life, with Sewell’s detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude. Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel, with help.
Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was “Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell.” After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals. Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children’s classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty’s life, with Sewell’s detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude. (Summary by Cori Samuel, Wikipedia, and Mary Kay) Black Beauty: Arielle Lipshaw Ginger: Beth Thomas Squire Gordon: Larry Wilson John Manly: Oxenhandler James Howard: Nolan Fout Jeremiah Barker: Todd Polly Barker: Kristin Gjerl?w Other roles read by: Nick Bulka, Zames Curran, Nolan Fout, Freakwhency, Kristin Gjerl?w, Ricky of Kokiri, Lydia, MaryAnn, Oxenhandler, Adele de Pignerolles, Rachel, Esther ben Simonides, K. Adrian Stroet, Joseph Tabler, Beth Thomas, Todd, Elizabeth Travers, Maggie Travers, Twinkle, Tomas Peter, and Larry Wilson Audio edited by Kim, Arielle Lipshaw, and Adele de Pignerolles
Blackie is a coal black cat who lives with two children and their parents. One day she is led astray by a neighboring cat and decides to go for an adventure. Not knowing what to expect, she walks away from her cushion in the sun, plentiful food and lots of petting attention. All does not go as she expects an indeed her scary adventures cause her much anxiety not to mention an empty belly in the days ahead. Follow Blackie on her stroll through the streets and byways of a busy town. A cute story and I promise a happy ending. – Summary by phil chenevert
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 neighbours, and is curious about Farmer Brown?s Boy. Blacky is always thinking about what is right and what is wrong, but he still gets into all kinds of mischief. – Summary by Jude Somers
In this sixth volume of the Twilight Animal series, we read about the adventures of Bobby the Gray Squirrel, who (together with his friends from the woods!) brings joy and happiness to a very special new friend. – Summary by Foon
Soon after his arrival to the lovely, cool summer escape of Devering Farm, Bonnie Prince Fetlar knows his new home will be a good one. Set in the mountainous Canadian countryside, the farm is a nurturing home for children and a safe-haven for animals both domestic and wild. But Prince Fetlar is a wise Shetland pony, and senses that the place is not without mysterious secrets. From saving the life of the beautiful “White Phantom” to solving the mystery regarding his boy owner’s lost mother, there is never a dull moment for the small horse with a big heart. (Summary by book coordinator) Additional proof-listening by Jessie Wang
This fictional work is written in 1st person by the dog himself. It’s a cute story of the adventures in the life of a noble dog who is appropriately named, Job. The canine society in which he lives is an interesting parallel to human society. (Summary by Allyson Hester)
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 Lieder
“In this engaging story, Bobby Raccoon suffers a series of mishaps. Following a bad dream, he bites his own tail, is given a dreadful fright, learns that Farmer Brown’s Boy is a kind friend, survives an encounter with Buster Bear, gets a terrible shaking and more, but, happily, is rescued by Peter Rabbit and eventually finds a new home.” (Jude Somers)
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 Lieder)
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, Chatterer’s curiosity gets the better of him and a moment of carelessness causes him to stumble into a far different home than he ever imagined. This book is Thornton W. Burgess at his best as he captures the personalities and behaviors of the animals in the Green Forest delightfully well and tells a story of mischievousness and unexpected friendship. (Summary by Jill Engle)
Author and editor of numerous children’s books, Thornton W. Burgess was also a noted conservationist. In writing for youngsters he combined a gift for storytelling with his love of the outdoors, creating an entertaining menagerie of animals whose adventures he skillfully recounted in a series of charming fables. In them, he taught young readers about nature and encouraged them to love the “lesser folk in fur and feathers.” In this delightfully told tale, Burgess chronicles the escapades of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, who’s known throughout the Green Forest as a mischief maker. Narrowly escaping the clutches of Shadow the Weasel and Redtail the Hawk, the bushy-tailed little fellow decides to leave the forest for a new home, only to learn that curiosity, carelessness, and mistrust can lead to a heap of troubles. First published in 1915, this engaging story will charm readers of all ages ? as well as young listeners. Recorded by students of Houghton College in Houghton, NY Characters: Mercedes Miller: Narrator Joe Miner: Chatterer Hannah Messerschmidt: Reddy, Pussy, Boy, Voices Kaitlyn McKinney: Sammy, Mom, Porky, Tommy Robert Kuchar: Peter, Farmer, Shadow
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, Chatterer’s curiosity gets the better of him and a moment of carelessness causes him to stumble into a far different home than he ever imagined. This book is Thornton W. Burgess at his best as he captures the personalities and behaviors of the animals in the Green Forest delightfully well and tells a story of mischievousness and unexpected friendship. – Summary by Jill Engle
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 Granny Fox. He is captured by Hooty the Owl and escapes mid-flight to Peter Rabbit’s briar patch. Peter goes to Farmer Brown’s peach orchard and gets caught in a snare and barely escapes himself. Finally Danny gets trapped in a tin can and must use his wits to escape Reddy Fox again. (Summary from Wikipedia) Cast: Narrator…………………………Linette Geisel Danny Meadow Mouse…….Marty Kris Striped Chipmunk……………Elizabeth Klett Johnny Chuck…………………Barry Eads Old Mr. Toad…………………..Scott A. Jackson Reddy Fox……………………..Chris Marcellus Granny Fox…………………….Patti Cunningham Hooty the Owl………………….Elizabeth Klett Tommy Tit the Chickadee….Amy Gramour Peter Rabbit……………………ToddHW Farmer Brown…………………Barry Eads Farmer Brown’s Boy…………ChyAnne Donnell Audio Edited By: Linette Geisel This project was proof listened by Linette Geisel and ToddHW.
This is the story of a chubby little meadow mouse and his family in the big forest and fields where he lives. His many adventures are sometimes scary but they always end with him escaping the many hunters who mean him harm.
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, it was the same beautiful morning in which Grandfather Frog had caught so many foolish green flies. Jolly, round, bright Mr. Sun was smiling his broadest. The Merry Little Breezes of Old Mother West Wind were dancing happily here and there over the Green Meadows, looking for some good turn to do for others. The little feathered people to whom Old Mother Nature has given the great blessing of music in their throats were pouring out their sweetest songs. So it seemed as if there was no good reason why Longlegs should feel out of sorts. The fact is the trouble with Longlegs was an empty stomach. Yes, Sir, that is what ailed Longlegs the Blue Heron that sunshiny morning. You know it is hard work to be hungry and happy at the same time. (Summary by Thornton W. Burgess in Chapter 2)
Join us as we follow Jerry Muskrat and his friends on an adventure to discover what is threatening their homeland, Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool. (Summary by Linette Geisel) Cast: Narration: Marty Kris Jerry Muskrat: Phil Chenevert Peter Rabbit: Lucy Perry Billy Mink: ChyAnne Donnell Mother Muskrat: Linette Geisel Bobby Coon: Amy Gramour Mr. Coon: Glenn Previtera Grandfather Frog: ToddHW Little Joe Otter: Nicky Rivera Farmer Brown’s boy: ChyAnne Donnell Mr. Redwing: Chris Marcellus Spotty the Turtle: Barry Eads Ol’ Mistah Buzzard: Beverly Scott Paddy the Beaver: Leonard Wilson Audio edited by: Linette Geisel This project was proof listened by Linette Geisel and Marty Kris.
Jerry Muskrat and his friends love their homes in the Smiling Pool and Laughing Brook. So when the Smiling Pool suddenly stops smiling, and the Laughing Brook stops laughing, Jerry Muskrat goes on an adventurous investigation along with Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Little Joe Otter and Spotty the Turtle.
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 Lieder.)
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 Lieder)
The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer is another set of children?s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. More serious than some of Burgess’ other children’s books, much of this book chronicles the tense predator-prey relationship of a human hunter and Lightfoot the Deer during the autumn hunting season. Later, Lightfoot discovers a hunt of a different kind. (Summary by Jill Engle)
The Adventures of Maya the Bee is an exciting tale for children of all ages. Themes of growth and development of courage and wisdom are found, as well as the extreme joy and satisfaction that Maya experiences in the beauty of creation and all creatures. Her ultimate and innate loyalty to her Nation of Bees is acted out in the final heroic scenes. This story gives us the delightful sense of having seen a small segment of the world through a Bee’s eyes. (Summary by Brenda Price)
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 children’s story. (Summary by Miriam Esther Goldman) Cast: Narration: Marty Kris Mr. Mocker: Gargoyle Unc? Billy Possum: Barry Eads Old Mrs. Possum: Donna Lauten Jimmy Skunk: Phil Chenevert Sammy Jay: Marty Kris Peter Rabbit: om123 Jerry Muskrat: Marty Kris Hooty the Owl: Laurie Anne Walden Jenny Wren: Elisabeth Harvey Blacky the Crow: Beverly Scott Reddy Fox: JimOCR Boomer the Nighthawk: Marty Kris Bobby Coon: Marty Kris Sticky-Toes the Tree Toad: Cheri Gardner Mistah Buzzard: Beverly Scott Grandfather Frog: JimOCR Teensy Fly: ChyAnne Donnell Audio edited by: Phil Chenevert and Linette Geisel
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 Lieder
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 Lieder)
Old Mr. Toad decides to join the Chorus at the Smiling pool – with unexpected results. He encounters Buster Bear as well as the famous Peter Rabbit among many other forest creatures who are just too numerous to list here. If you join in and read a chapter or two you will learn who they are. Don’t be shy! These chapters are short and fun to read. – Summary by phil c
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 Lieder.)
This is the story of Peter Rabbit, a mischievous, but cautious, lagomorph who lives in the Green Meadows. Peter Rabbit begins his adventures with a quest for a new name, since his name is far too common for his taste. Having a new name is not quite what he thought it would be, however, and soon he is on to new exploits like outsmarting Reddy Fox and discovering where all his friends spend the winter. This tale co-stars Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat, Unc’ Billy Possum, Jimmy Skunk, Ol’ Mistah Buzzard, Bowser the Hound, and many more of Thornton W. Burgess’ delightful characters. Summary by Jill Engle
This is the story of Peter Rabbit, a mischievous, but cautious, lagomorph who lives in the Green Meadows. Peter Rabbit begins his adventures with a quest for a new name, since his name is far too common for his taste. Having a new name is not quite what he thought it would be, however, and soon he is on to new exploits like outsmarting Reddy Fox and discovering where all his friends spend the winter. This tale co-stars Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat, Unc’ Billy Possum, Jimmy Skunk, Ol’ Mistah Buzzard, Bowser the Hound, and many more of Thornton W. Burgess’ delightful characters. – Summary by Jill Engle
“Hello, Jerry Muskrat! We’d forgotten all about you,” said Mrs. Quack. “What was that you said?” Jerry good-naturedly repeated what he had said. Mrs. Quack’s face brightened. “Do you really mean it?” she asked eagerly. “Do you really mean that you know of a pond where we could live and not be likely to be seen by these two-legged creatures called men?” “That’s what I said,” replied Jerry briefly. “Oh, Jerry, you’re not joking, are you? Tell me you’re not joking,” begged Mrs. Quack. “Of course I’m not joking,” returned Jerry just a little bit indignantly, “I am not the kind of a fellow to joke people who are in such trouble as you and Mr. Quack seem to be in.” (Summary by Burgess)
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 quickly discover that this odd fellow with the barbed spikes in his fur is the loyal and brave Prickly Porky the Porcupine. Not long after Prickly Porky arrives, a bit of early morning fun leads to a forest mystery that draws friends and foes alike into the investigation of an unknown headless, tailless, whirling creature seen only at sunrise on the hill by Prickly Porky’s home. The Adventures of Prickly Porky includes popular characters from children’s author Thornton W. Burgess’ other “Bedtime Story-Books” including Unc’ Billy Possum, Peter & Mrs. Peter Rabbit, Buster Bear, Granny & Reddy Fox, Sammy Jay and many more. (Summary by Jill Engle)
David Cory is the author of more than 40 children’s books. This is the first in the series of Puss in Boots, Jr. The roots fo the legend of Puss in Boots seems to back to Italian folklore. These books are written for younger readers, about second grade and up, hence the “junior” designation. (Summary by Larry Wilson)
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 inestimable. We also learn that after you?ve stolen a boy?s pet chicken and he is coming your way with a gun, a shovel and a hound dog, it may be time to beat a hasty retreat. (Summary by John Lieder) AaronW is a guest reader in Section 6.
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 the Hound. Children will delight in Reddy’s risky antics and the commotion his behavior causes among the other woodland creatures. Grandma Fox tries her best to teach him and Reddy tries very hard to be good but his curiosity is always finding ways to get him into even more trouble. Thornton Burgess was a conservationist who loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories. (Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert)
There’s nothing that sly troublemaker Sammy Jay likes better than stealing corn – unless it’s playing tricks on the other animals in the forest. Yet Chatterer the Red Squirrel would like to keep his corn, thank you very much, and while he’s at it prove he is just as smart as Sammy Jay! Thornton Burgess takes us once again into the charming world of the Green Forest and Green Meadows in this delightful story. (Summary by Rachel)
“Once upon a time, on a beautiful island that stood at the center of a great big lake, there lived in the heart of a kindly old oak tree a dear little squirrel family. There were three in all; father, mother and fluffytail and they were just the happiest family one could imagine.” So begins the tale of little Fluffytail (whose tail was very fluffy indeed!) and her many adventures. A fun little story. – Summary by Phil Chenevert
Bud Sloan was an orphan who had been ‘sold out’ of the orphanage to work on a farm once he’d been old enough to labor. The farm where he was to work was owned by an aging farmer and his wife who had raised a large family and were now left alone. One day, after his chores were done, Bud wandered into the woods nearby and with mouth agape, he noticed a newborn jet black fawn all alone and apparently confused in his new surroundings. Bud resolved that day that this baby fawn was just like himself, an orphan, and would be bound to him in spirit. But many obstacles would keep the two separated, and the black fawn would eventually become the target of the local hunters. (Introduction by Roger Melin)
“The mother cat had been quite upset when she first saw the blue kitten. She had looked fearfully then toward the river. For, like all cats, she had heard that a blue kitten could learn the river’s song. Any kitten has a hard enough time to find a home for himself. For every kitten must find a hearth to fit his song. But a kitten who listens to the river and learns the river’s song has the hardest time of all. Not only must the kitten who sings the river’s song find a hearth to fit that song, but he must teach the keeper of that hearth to sing the same song. The river’s song is very old. And mortals who have ears to hear and hearts to sing are fewer than few.” (From The Blue Cat of Castle Town) This project was proof listened by Catharine Eastman, ElleyCat, and Park Chohwa.