Monday, October 22, 2018

Thornton Burgess

I mostly write about what we're doing in the homeschool co-op classroom, but some posts here are just about my family... and this is one of them!

This weekend was packed full of fabulous Autumn family events.

On Saturday we went to the library for a children's music program and then a Spanish class. Then Becca and Zac and I headed to the Fort Massac Encampment. We came home to Natalie making us a delicious Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto with Parmesan and Pepitas.

On Sunday the children went to church and I headed to St. Louis for my Foundations Study group. We are reading How to Know Higher Worlds by Rudolf Steiner and More Radiant Than the Sun: A Handbook for Working with Steiner's Meditations and Exercises by Gertrude Reif Hughes.

Natalie and Becca had a host of fun activities to do with Zac in the afternoon, from making a new Indian corn necklace, to taking the seeds out of a sunflower head with long tweezers, to painting a pumpkin for entry in our public library's pumpkin contest. Zac got a tall very bumpy orange pumpkin and they painted it to look like one of the "wild things" from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Becca decorated one too. Hers was a small white pumpkin and she decorated it to look like Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, complete with long roving orange hair and a needle-felted hat.

This afternoon Becca is looking at my new children's cookbooks by Mollie Katzen and Zac is very happily playing in the sensory bin, which is filled with dried black and red beans and Indian corn.

And I am shopping for more books! Zac has been getting the Tiptoes Lightly books by Reg Down as his bedtime chapter books ever since he turned three. The chapters are just a page or two long, so they have been a wonderful introduction. Here's the complete list of all of them, which I gathered into a blog post when I was getting organized in May. Now it is October and we are almost done with them and I'm getting organized again. This time we are heading into the world of Thornton Burgess. I have some vintage texts which will be more for grade 4 Zoology (The Burgess Animal Book for Children, The Burgess Bird Book for Children) but he wrote plenty of littler chapter books. If you haven't read them yet, first grade or second grade is a perfect age. No doubt we will be reading them again then too.

I fondly remember my mother reading me Old Mother West Wind and hearing the adventures of the Merry Little Breezes and all the animals. I would have given anything to have had more of those books on our shelves! Now Dover Children's Thrift Classics has paperbacks which are only $3 or $4.

So... here we go!

Old Mother West Wind

Mother West Wind's Children

Mother West Wind's Neighbors

Mother West Wind's Animal Friends

Billy Mink

Blacky the Crow

Bob White

Bobby Raccoon

Bowser the Hound

Buster Bear

Buster Bear's Twins

Chatterer the Red Squirrel

Danny Meadow Mouse

Grandfather Frog

Happy Jack

Jerry Muskrat

Jimmy Skunk

Johnny Chuck

Lightfoot the Deer

Mr. Mocker

Mrs. Peter Rabbit

Old Granny Fox

Old Man Coyote

Old Mr. Buzzard

Old Mr. Toad

Paddy the Beaver

Peter Cottontail

Poor Mrs. Quack

Prickly Porky

Reddy Fox

Sammy Jay

Unc' Billy Possum

Whitefoot the Wood Mouse

I still can't find Little Joe Otter or Longlegs the Heron. And I'm positive there was a chipmunk one... But I'm still really happy that so many titles are in print. Plus, now that I know that the Burgess Flower Book for Children exists, I think I will have to look at it later on for grade 5 Botany.

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