Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Forgotten Treasure: Old Mother West Wind

Do you ever have one of those moments when something from your childhood that you had long since forgotten flashes into your head? Maybe a person you forgot you ever knew, an event you'd let slip from your mind, or a book that suddenly came back to you?

A few months ago, I remembered how much I used to love the Katie John series.

The other day, I flashed back to Thornton Burgess.

Did anyone else read Thornton Burgess? I was captivated by his stories as a child. It didn't hurt that he wrote about "Laughing Brook" and the park where his house was, named Laughing Brook Park, was just a short drive from where I grew up. But I truly loved the stories about Johnny Chuck and Little Joe Otter and Grandfather Frog.

Anyway, on Sunday I searched online and reread all the stories from Old Mother West Wind. You can too! Or, you could buy a boxed set of Burgess for a child who likes furry creatures.

What are your forgotten treasures? If you can remember, of course....

3 comments:

FranMag said...

Nancy, I had one of those moments when you mentioned "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" in one of your earlier posts. I loved that story so much and fantasized about running away myself. In Guam I didn't have anyplace really cool to run and a plane ticket would have taken me years to save up for, so that idea was scrapped! :)

Nancy said...

Fran, it's fun remembering these things!

Tiffany said...

Busters Bears Twins by Thornton Burgess was my favorite book growing up!!!

You should visit Gutenberg.org. You can read or download books that are now public domain for free.

Here’s the link to Thornton Burgess
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a717


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