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Remember your childhood, and hearing tales of talking animals like Brer Rabbit and Peter Rabbit? Me too — I enjoy “talking animal” stories and the simple-yet-real lessons they often impart. That’s the type of thing you’ll find plenty of in the stories of Thornton Burgess, or “the bedtime story man” as he was known.
Burgess was an American who lived from 1874 to 1965. No, he didn’t write about Brer Rabbit (that was a creation of Joel Chandler Harris), and he didn’t create Peter Rabbit (that was Beatrix Potter, although Burgess did write about Peter and brought him to life as a character), but he did write about a whole cast of memorable animal characters: Danny Meadow Mouse. Grandfather Frog. Jimmy Skunk. Mrs. Quack, and the list goes on.
Burgess also wrote entire books about various animals and birds. If it’s found in nature, it’s likely found somewhere in Burgess’ work. He wrote his stories for children (he was left widowed with an infant son just a year after marriage, and he began writing his “bedtime stories” to entertain his little boy), but they’re timeless for adults as well.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, because Thornton Burgess Nature Stories Collection is my latest book project. No, I didn’t write it — Mr. Burgess did that. And yet, while I have my creative side, I also have my more practical, editor side. I used those skills to edit and compile 30 of Thornton Burgess’ books into a single volume for Kindle. I learned to format them and create a clickable table of contents, from which you can instantly go to any story in the collection (no small feat for me!).
With this collection, for $1.99 you’ll have 30 Thornton Burgess animal stories at your fingertips. These are great stories for homeschooled children to read as part of their curriculum, for any kids to read for fun, or to use as after-dinner or before-bedtime stories. As I edited the stories, I found myself becoming nostalgic for the days when my girls were little. They would have loved these tales, as they loved Aesop’s fables about animals. I’m reading through one a day myself, and really enjoying the way they take me back to a simpler, sweeter time.
The illustrations in the book, most done by Burgess’ friend Harrison Cady, are a throwback to a more innocent era as well.
Check out the book and I’d love to know your feedback. Feel free to share it with your homeschooling and parent friends, and if you enjoy it, I’d love for you to leave a short review on Amazon.