Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind Aylesworth s buoyant rhythmic verse provides inspiration for a wondrous evolution of Gammell s style Sheer delight for eyes ears and funny bones Kirkus Reviews pointer

  • Title: Old Mother West Wind
  • Author: Thornton W. Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780805010053
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aylesworth s buoyant, rhythmic verse provides inspiration for a wondrous evolution of Gammell s style Sheer delight for eyes, ears, and funny bones Kirkus Reviews, pointer

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    1. This is the kind of book I would check out from the library and which would normally be rejected at bedtime for a story with more pictures or something less "babyish" or of the character of--not my favorite--Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But both my 10-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter listened with great interest to every story in this collection. Though they were written early in the 20th century, the stories still have some kind of magical appeal that taps into the very thing I am clinging to [...]

    2. My 7 yr old gave these books a 5. I agree. "His books are awesome' she says.I liked the way morals were told in an entertaining way. I bet my daughter didn't feel she was being moralized at because she wanted to hear the whole book. I've tried others that had a distinct 'moral' or 'value' and she hates it.(Books that go is thankful or learns to be honest. blah.Burgess books are interesting entertaining and a good read. Hopefully the little lessons learned by the animals were also learned and p [...]

    3. Magical! An incredible book, one I wish I had known about sooner. This captivated the attention of each of my children (ages 2-9), and they begged for more each time I read aloud. "Johnny wood chuck chuck chuck, Johnny Woodchuck". Looking forward to other stories by this author.

    4. An old favorite of mine when I was a kid, these stories still draw kids in. All three of my kids listened to these stories intently. Simple tales, highly moral, old-fashioned, anthropomorphic animals. yet for some reason, they still appeal. A nice read aloud choice for younger kids just learning to sit for chapter books--each chapter is a self-contained story. They're also a nice choice for a new reader just learning to read a chapter book.

    5. My 5 year old actually LOVES the stories in this book. Each story is only a few pages long and has great animal/nature characters to relate to. Each story has a subtle 'moral' that's not very preachy. We're looking forward to investigating more books by Burgess after finishing all the lovely stories in this book.

    6. I don't know how I've never heard of this book before. Hinton talked about it a lot because his teacher read it to them at school, and then he started "writing a sequel" (Old Father East Wind), so I decided it was time for me to read the original. :-) A book that has gentle lessons taught by wildlife creatures, with enough practical jokes thrown in to keep everyone entertained.

    7. I'm not a fan of talking animal books-just a personal preference-but my son loves these books and they contain good moral stories. Well written. And our Burgess books are old and so just reading out of them makes me happy. I love old books!

    8. Old Mother West Wind isn’t really one story – it’s gobs of little ones stuck together into one book.The Story.Every day Old Mother West Wind and her daughters, the Merry Little Breezes sweep through the forest, frolicking with the animals, watching the games that they play, and listening to the stories that they tell. They watch as Peter Rabbit pulls pranks on his neighbours, and attend Jerry Muskrat’s festive swimming party. They even help to judge the grand Green Forest race by rushing [...]

    9. I read chapter books to my kids, it gives them a love of reading and helps them hear the flow of reading. I read this with my 4 year old and she surprisingly loved it; she took it to preschool for show and tell. I was surprised because the language and sentence structure is a little difficult (written 1910) and I was not sure she would be able to understand the story. Each chapter is a different story about the group of animals living in the Green Forest and she was enthralled. I do not think th [...]

    10. I absolutely LOVE this book! I found out it was one of my Dad's favorite-his dad read it to him when he was younger. My favorite part of a recent family vacation was reading a few chapters to my kids each night-they loved it as much as I did! Such charming personified nature characters and cute stories and lessons taught naturally. Can't wait to read more in this series!

    11. "Old Mother West Wind" was a good book to me and it had fun stories that kept me entertained. I really liked it because of the good lessons it taught me like if you make mischief, something bad is going to happen sooner or later. The book tells you fantasy stories like why an adult frog doesn't have a tail and how a skunk got its stripes.

    12. My favorite children's book of all time!My mom would read me chapters from this book when my dad was working nights. Each chapter has a morality lesson in it, and the characters are wonderful.This is really an amazing book written so long ago. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    13. I read this aloud with my son. We enjoyed the stories but we especially liked the setting. We love Cape Cod and could envision the setting of the stories.

    14. The Burgess Books This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Of [...]

    15. GENTLE LESSONS IN NATURAL HISTORYPublished in 1910 these 16 short animal tales were written for the author's son. A dedicated conservationist from Cape Cod Burgess introduces young children to a rogues' gallery of critters--who learn lessons the hard way. Mother West Wind brings her own children, the merry little breezes, down to play each morning; they watch the various critters speak and intereact, providing human children with simple, sometimes humorous advice on moral behavior--without being [...]

    16. My kids really like these books. I think they're kind of weird, and the style drives me up the wall. The style iswhimsical? Every animal has a little cutesy nickname, and their plots are sort of rambling. But like I said, my kids like them. The stories are completely innocent and generally positive, and they go on and on and on, so the kids don't seem to run out of them. But if *I* were looking for anthropomorphized animal stories that are funny and cute, I would choose Beatrix Potter over these [...]

    17. A simply well written 1910 children's classic. "As Old Mother West Wind climbs over the Purple the Hills with her sack of Many Little Breezes that will play in the Grassy Meadow all day" I enjoyed the visually stimulating descriptions of nature with personality and the simplicity of the animal characters that have adventures all day; usually teaching some kind of moral, or value in each chapter. Wished I would have known about this book to read to my children when they were young. It was a delig [...]

    18. My Father read this book to my sister and me-and others by Burgess- many nights before bed from about 1944 to 1948e stories had been read to him as a child and he loved to share with us in turn. Mother West Wind is a wise and cheerful character who taught her young charges- such as the merry little breezes - well. A simple and wonderful way to experience the natural world. (If I were to read them now, would I feel the same?)

    19. My grandmother read these stories to her children. My aunt loved the stories and looked for the book to read those stories to her children, but believed it had gone out of print since she was never able to find it. I did special order the book from Barnes and Noble to give it to my cousin's children. The stories are delightful.

    20. My father read this book to me, and then it became one of the first that I read for myself. I have no idea what the original cover looked like because there was no paper jacket, and I doubt the 1947 or similar cover is available any longer. This book may have been my first view of the natural world because we lived in a large city.

    21. I had to go back to a book written a hundred years ago to find something my 4-year-old liked that didn't involve burps, farts, trolls, or dragons. These short stories of forest animals playing and growing are simple but not shallow. Sometimes there's a lesson about nature or a cautionary tale, but as another reviewer mentioned, there's nothing too preachy. A perfect book of bedtime stories.

    22. I loved these. It was the first long chapter-type book I read to my 4-year-old, and as I got started I worried they would require too much stopping and explaining, and it did require plenty, but it turned out to be a wonderful time. The 4-year-old loved them too.

    23. We really enjoyed reading this series of tales. Written in 1910, these stories about meadow and woodland animals have the feel of a gentler time (with characters like Reddy Fox, Johnny Chuck and Grandfather Frog). A fun read for both of the kids.

    24. My children loved this entertaining collection of stories about the antics of cutely-named animals in their forest home. I used to make copies of some of the black and white drawings for them to color while I read aloud. Lots of fond memories.

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