Have you read any of the books by Thornton Burgess? They are well-loved in our home. Inspired by the Burgess Bird Book Companion, I decided to make my own reading guide companion for The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess. My son loves the Thornton Burgess books so much. He was sad that there was not such a great website to go along with each one, so here is my version for the Animal Book.
Where to get The Burgess Animal Book for Children:
Burgess Animal Book For Children Learning Resources:
To help you in your lesson, here is a beginning guide All About Mammals. Here is a Worksheet on matching mammals to their family and order. (These links are from the website exploringnature.org. This website has many free resources about animals and nature. You can also pay for a membership to access more content.)
For a more detailed Taxonomic Key for all of the animals, look here at Ambleside Online. The orders of some of the animals have been changed since the book was written, so she gives some updated classifications. Also listed there are the pages numbers going along with the Peterson Field Guide Color-In Book: Mammals.
Wonder-Weirded Wildlife also has a a great set of study resources to go along with the book.
Animal Pictures and Coloring Pages:
If you want to make a free coloring book of all the animals, Little School House in the Suburbs has compiled a fantastic resource to go along with this book. I also have linked to some of the best ones I have found on the web for each animal I could find. If you want to purchase some coloring pages to go along, check out the Peterson Field Guide. National Audubon Society’s First Field Guide- Mammals is another great book to get more information and detailed pictures of the animals as you study them. Afterthoughts blog has a list of coloring pages for all of that animals, too.
I also found this website that has compiled a set of real-life pictures of all the animals discussed in the Burgess Animal Book. You could print them and create a picture book to go along with the readings.
Each Chapter below has links to the following:
- Librivox audio of the chapter
- Exploring Nature and eNature sites with more information about the animals covered in the chapter
- Life-like coloring pages for each of the animals covered in the chapter
- Pages from the Handbook of Nature Study -The Handbook Of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock, an amazing book to help in nature studies. I have found it available as a free download. It is a huge book- over 900 pages, but it has so much amazing information in it. You might end up purchasing a hard copy like I did.
Chapter 1: Jenny Wren Gives Peter Rabbit an Idea
Peter arranges to go to school with Old Mother Nature.
Chapter 1 audio from Librivox.org
Chapter 2: Peter and Jumper Go to School