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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (Sept. 10 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486437450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486437453
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OAT on June 11 2011
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This book is reproduced in such poor quality.
All of the illustrations are in tones of grey, no colour and they are very poor reproductions of the original art work.
I was very disappointed as I had this book as a child and was excited to be able to purchase one.
Even the colour print on the front of the book is exceptionally poor.
Very disappointed.
However, the story is a timeless classic, but I bought the book for the drawings.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Nice introduction to animals. Aug. 26 2006
By Kristina Overtoom - Published on Amazon.com
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The Burgess Animal Book is a well written book. It is written in the same style as The Burgess Bird Book. Facts about animals are written as animals have conversations. In this book "Mother Nature" is introduced and is the primary instructor. The book introduces concepts as "order" and discusses why animals have certain features. My kids from 3 to 7 enjoy listening to the stories. The only drawback to this particular book is the black and white photos of the original watercolor pictures. It was a bigger problem with the Burgess Bird book, however because birds are mainly identified by their colors.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
28 and still learning April 6 2010
By J. Saul - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing!!! Keeps the attention of my 4 year old although it is probably best geared for older kids. Teaches kids (and adults) about all kinds of animals through a fun story book. Would consider it a must have for home school moms. Great way to get kids interested in the the genius phylum and species etc of animals. Also, gives amazing facts that I never knew...I had no clue that there are rabbits that can swim! Looked it up on the internet to verify and see pictures.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Illustrations are in black and white Sept. 17 2009
By Nicole Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is fine -- good-sized print is easy to read. Just be aware that in this edition (from Yesterday's Classics), the illustrations are in greyscale. If you're using a field guide while reading, this might not matter to you. I couldn't figure this out while deciding which edition to purchase, so I'm typing this quick review so the next person will know. :-)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! Sept. 23 2008
By Rebekah L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I use Ambleside Online and we are using this book for my son's homeschool year. We both love this book and look forward to reading it every week. We laugh at the sweet and silly animal characters, and we are learning so much. This is a fantastic book for nature study!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Burgess Animal Book for Children June 11 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was in second grade in 1957, I found the Burgess series of books in our school library, each one titled for an animal. There were probably 20 of them. I read them all through second and third grade almost exclusively. When I got to fourth grade I had Mrs. Goble again. Teachers took their classes to the library and acted as librarians in those days, so she recognized my obsession from second grade. She declared I could read any book from any grade level of the library, but NOT Thornton W. Burgess books.

I lived without Reddy Fox for a year, reading Black Stallion books instead. By fifth grade-- even without Mrs. Goble's eagle eye--I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. But Reddy still came home with me until sixth grade. I stopped only because the new junior high opened.

Now my granddaughter will have a chance to meet my friends. Give your child the opportunity as well.

Kim L., a former children's librarian, school librarian, and preschool teacher.


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