Old Mother West Wind (Centennial Anniversary) by Thornton W. Burgess

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It's been a century since readers first ventured into the Green Forest to encounter Reddy Fox, Grandfather Frog, Jimmy Skunk, and other winsome characters. This special edition commemorates the 100th anniversary of Thornton W. Burgess's first published work, Old Mother West Wind, and its 1911 follow-up, Mother West Wind's Children. Replete with the original illustrations, these gentle stories offer children enduring lessons about ecology and respect for wildlife.


Old Mother West Wind (1910) I. Mrs. Redwing's Speckled Egg II. Why Grandfather Frog Has No Tail III. How Reddy Fox Was Surprised IV. Why Jimmy Skunk Wears Stripes V. The Wilful Little Breeze VI. Reddy Fox Goes Fishing VII. Jimmy Skunk Looks for Beetles VIII. Billy Mink's Swimming Party IX. Peter Rabbit Plays a Joke X. How Sammy Jay Was Found Out XI. Jerry Muskrat's Party XII. Bobby Coon and Reddy Fox Play Tricks XIII. Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World XIV. Little Joe Otter's Slippery Slide XV. The Tale of Tommy Trout Who Didn't Mind XVI. Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race Mother West Wind's Children (1911) I. Danny Meadow Mouse Learns Why His Tail Is Short II. Why Reddy Fox Has No Friends III. Why Peter Rabbit's Ears Are Long IV. Reddy Fox Disobeys V. Striped Chipmunk's Pockets VI. Reddy Fox, the Boaster VII. Johnny Chuck's Secret VIII. Johnny Chuck's Great Fight IX. Mr. Toad's Old Suit X. Grandfather Frog Gets Even XI. The Disappointed Bush XII. Why Bobby Coon Washes His Food XIII. The Merry Little Breezes Have a Busy Day XIV. Why Hooty the Owl Does Not Play on the Green Meadows XV. Danny Meadow Mouse Learns to Laugh

"This Dover edition...is an unabridged republication of the following two books: Old Mother West Wind, originally published by Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, in 1910 and Mother West Wind's Children, originally published by Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, in 1911"--Copyright 


Author and conservationist Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965) wrote thousands of animal stories for children, starting with the 1910 publication of Old Mother West Wind. Burgess's tales convey his fascination with wildlife and his concern for nature, teaching gentle lessons about ecology and respect for the environment.

Target Age: 6-11

Dover Children's Classics

Pub Date: June 16, 2011

0.9" H x 7.5" L x 5.2" W

316 pages