Mother West Wind's Children

Mother West Wind's Children

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Fifteen tales that explain why Danny Meadow Mouse has a short tail, the reason Reddy Fox has no friends, and other mysteries about the residents of the Green Meadow.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 1985, c1939.
ISBN: 9780316116459
0316116459
9780316116572
0316116572
0316116564
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 155 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cady, Harrison 1877-1970.

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GregL65
Feb 12, 2017

Stories about Reddy Fox trying to steal food, Bowser the Hound chasing Reddy Fox, Reddy Fox trying to dig out Johnny Chuck, Johnny Chuck trying to keep his house a secret, Johnny Chuck fighting Reddy Fox, Billy Mink and Grandfather Frog playing pranks on each other, a witch hazel bush disappointed that it doesn’t grow flowers, the Merry Little Breezes helping others by carrying things, and Danny Meadow Mouse learning to laugh at his troubles.

Also, fanciful origin stories about why meadow mice (voles) have short tails, why rabbits have long ears, why chipmunks have pockets in their cheeks, why toads eat their molted skins, why raccoons wash their food, and why owls are nocturnal, as told by Grandfather Frog.

Chapter 14, “Why Hooty the Owl Does Not Play on the Green Meadows”, says that owls are nocturnal because the bright daylight hurts their eyes, a common belief at the time. In later stories Burgess emphasized that this was not true; owls can see very well in bright daylight.

This was Burgess' 2nd book, and although it is better than his first ("Old Mother West Wind"), he continued to grow as an author in later years. A better introduction to his work is "Tommy and the Wishing Stone", which King County Library has.

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