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All 20 Volumes of the Bedtime Story‑Books Series

by Thornton W. Burgess

The Burgess Bedtime Story-Books have delighted generations of children. Each of the twenty volumes in the series focuses on one of the animal inhabitants of the Green Meadow, the Smiling Pool, or the Green Forest, and the adventures it has with its neighbors. A regular cast of characters, including sly Reddy Fox, curious Peter Cottontail, and mischievous Sammy Jay appear in most volumes, giving children an opportunity to get to know them and their ways well. All the characters are memorably drawn, even those that appear in just one or two of the books. The simple plots, some with an element of mystery and all with a touch of humor, arouse the children's interest. Often the plot turns on the arrival of a newcomer to the Green Forest. As the other animals get to know the ways of the newcomer, so do the children hearing about his adventures. Once children experience one of the books in this series, they are eager for more! This makes the series a perfect introduction to chapter books for children ages four to six, as well as excellent practice for emerging readers.

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The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess

Granny Fox tries her hardest to keep young Reddy Fox out of trouble, while teaching him all a fox needs to know. But, despite Granny's efforts, Reddy would be destined for a sorry end, were it not for the help of his friends on the Green Meadows, every time he finds himself in a predicament. The first volume in the Bedtime Story-Books series. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess

With the coming of spring, Johnny Chuck is dissatisfied. Giving his home to Jimmy Skunk, he sets out to see the world. But, after an unexpected encounter, he sets aside his travel plans, only to settle down and found a 'school' in the old orchard. The second volume in the Bedtime Story-Books series. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess

Dissatisfied with his own name, Peter Rabbit changes it to Peter Cottontail, with almost disastrous consequences when Reddy Fox arrives on the scene. But with the assistance of a large cast of forest animals, Peter escapes and successfully evades the predatory Reddy Fox again and again, using one trick after another. As winter draws near and other animals make their preparations, Peter must once again learn to be content with his lot in life and not try to be something he is not. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton W. Burgess

When Reddy Fox and Jimmy Skunk see Farmer Brown's boy carrying Unc' Billy Possom by the tail, they believe him to be dead for sure. But even as his woodland friends mourn for him, Unc' Billy Possum is actually alive and well! In fact, he'd just been playing dead to fool his captor! When Reddy Fox and a handful of troublemakers plot to spoil the surprise party that Peter Rabbit has planned for Unc' Billy, the other woodland animals outsmart them and manage to save the day! Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker by Thornton W. Burgess

When Uncle Billy Possum's friend, Mr. Mocker, comes up from the south for a visit, his presence causes great confusion around the Briar-patch. First Sammy Jay keeps hearing his own voice, then Sticky-Toes thinks he is going crazy, and Peter Rabbit is equally confused. It is not until Bobby Coon overhears a conversation between Mr. Mocker and Uncle Billy Possum that a plan is hatched with Old Mister Buzzard to expose the mischief-makers, who make amends for the trouble they caused. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thornton W. Burgess

Farmer Brown's boy has put traps around the Smiling Pool and the animals who swim there are abuzz about the danger! When Jerry Muskrat gets his tail caught, a convention is called to address the problem. Under the guidance of wise old Grandfather Frog, the animal friends restore safety to the Pool and confound Farmer Brown's boy. No sooner is that problem solved, however, than a greater threat confronts them! Jerry Muskrat notices that the Smiling Pool is shrinking! Follow Jerry Muskrat and his friends as they get to the bottom of this mystery! Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse by Thornton W. Burgess

Poor Danny Meadow Mouse! It seems that everywhere he turns in the meadow someone is hunting him—first Reddy Fox, then Old Granny Fox, and then finally Hooty the Owl, who swoops in and catches Danny Meadow Mouse in his talons. A narrow escape brings the frightened mouse to the Old Briar-Patch, where he takes up residence with Peter Rabbit. Together, the two of them must learn to be content with what they have and to help each other out of trouble. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess

After Old Mr. Toad pays a visit to the Smiling Pool, Grandfather Frog decides to venture out and see the world. But the world is full of more adventures and dangers than Grandfather Frog had bargained for, and with the help of some of his animal friends, it is all Grandfather Frog can do to make it back! Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess

Chatterer the Squirrel has to rethink the location of his home when Shadow the Weasel returns to the Green Forest. Though he manages to find a new place to live, the change brings all sorts of surprises, and Chatterer ends up with a much bigger adventure than he bargained for! Chatterer must deal with danger, imprisonment and other trials on his way to finding his place in the world. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Sammy Jay by Thornton W. Burgess

Of all the creatures in the Green Forest, Sammy Jay is the most mischievous. His tendency to steal is well-known to the other creatures including Peter Rabbit and Chatterer the Red Squirrel. But as Chatterer learns, Sammy Jay has his good side as well. He can warn the others of danger, and because he can fly, he often spots what others don't. Just don't cross him, or you'll be sure to fall victim to his tricks! Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Buster Bear by Thornton W. Burgess

Farmer Brown's boy, Little Joe Otter, and the residents of the Green Forest have to adjust when a new animal, Buster Bear, comes to live there. Is he a fearsome beast or a friendly neighbor? An enemy or a local hero? In this collection of stories, everyone struggles to understand the ways of this unexpected newcomer, as he comes to find his place among them. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad by Thornton W. Burgess

Old Mister Toad is in a hurry! But why? Nobody knows, so all the animals set off looking for him and find him singing in the pond. Peter Rabbit never knew Old Mr. Toad could sing! Quickly, all the animals learn why they should heed his song, and in time, Peter Rabbit learns many, many things that he didn't know about Old Mr. Toad and his children. But Mr. Toad has things of his own to learn, too, and dangers to watch out for! Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton W. Burgess

Another stranger comes to live in the Green Forest, and while its inhabitants aren?t sure what to make of him at first, Prickly Porky quickly earns his place, thanks to a run-in with Farmer Brown?s dog, Buster. Meanwhile something dreadful is moving in the shadow of the trees: an odd creature without hands, legs, or tail, has entered the Forest, causing no end of upset. Follow Prickly and his friends as they investigate the mystery and meet with several surprises along the way. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Old Man Coyote by Thornton W. Burgess

The residents of the Green Forest are alarmed one day when they hear a strange voice in the woods. It does little to lessen their fear when they discover that the voice belongs to a newcomer—Old Man Coyote. Nearly all the animals are terrified at the prospect of being eaten by Old Man Coyote! Only Reddy and Granny Fox put aside their fear of the newcomer, and set about figuring out some way to outsmart him. But Old Man Coyote is quite a trickster himself. Will Granny Fox and Reddy find a way to outfox him? Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver by Thornton W. Burgess

Paddy the Beaver is simply the hardest worker in all the Green Forest! All the animals come to watch him as he builds his dam, but Paddy just pays them no mind and continues with his work. Of course, such hard work has a way of changing the look of things around the Green Forest and the Smiling Pool, much to the surprise of Farmer Brown's boy. It seems everyone has a thing or two to discover about the ways of Paddy the Beaver! Then again, when Old Man Coyote comes looking for him, Paddy finds that he has things to learn as well and that the other animals are perhaps much better friends than he first realized. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Poor Mrs. Quack by Thornton W. Burgess

Separated from her mate during their hazardous northward migration, Mrs. Quack makes her way to the Smiling Pool where she is befriended by Peter Rabbit. With help from Peter and Sammy Jay, she finds her mate and together they set up housekeeping by the Laughing Brook. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Bobby Coon by Thornton W. Burgess

Bobby Coon suffers a rude awakening as well as a broken leg when Farmer Brown chops down the hollow tree where he has been hibernating. Farmer Brown's boy cares for Bobby while his leg is mending, then releases him by the stump of the old tree. Bounding away, Bobby encounters one adventure after another on his way to finding a new home in the Green Forest. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk by Thornton W. Burgess

Peter Rabbit and Jimmy Skunk are two of the biggest pranksters in the Green Forest. But when Peter Rabbit plays a prank that goes awry, everyone gets a lesson in why Jimmy Skunk is better left alone! As Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox and Unc' Billy Possum all learn, Jimmy Skunk can be a temperamental beast, and one can get into a good bit of trouble by crossing him. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Bob White by Thornton W. Burgess

When Mr. and Mrs. Bob White come down from the Old Pasture to live beside Peter Rabbit in the Briar Patch, they attract the unwanted attention of some of the predators, like Old Reddy Fox. Through care and cunning, the Bob Whites raise their family of fifteen baby quail and prove to be very welcome neighbors indeed to Farmer Brown and his son. Ages 5‑8
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The Adventures of Ol' Mistah Buzzard by Thornton W. Burgess

There is a great disturbance in the Green Meadow when a mysterious shadow goes soaring overhead. It's not an animal that anyone knows! Fortunately, the new guest, Ol' Mistah Buzzard, is friendly enough, and he has enjoyable stories to tell that he shares with the usual residents of the forest and meadow. Unlike any of the others around, Ol' Mistah Buzzard is a strange bird, indeed! Ages 5‑8

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