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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess, Fiction, Animals, Fantasy & Magic

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Old Billy Possum is dead! So says Reddy Fox, anyway, who walks along singing, "Ol' Bill Possum, it served him right, and he is no more, for he died last night!" Then Reddy Fox sees a ghost -- and the rest of the animals see the truth . . . at least until the next tomfoolery takes place on the very day of Peter Rabbit's party! Unc' Billy Possum learns how easy it is to get in Old Billy Possum is dead! So says Reddy Fox, anyway, who walks along singing, "Ol' Bill Possum, it served him right, and he is no more, for he died last night!" Then Reddy Fox sees a ghost -- and the rest of the animals see the truth . . . at least until the next tomfoolery takes place on the very day of Peter Rabbit's party! Unc' Billy Possum learns how easy it is to get into trouble -- and how hard it is to get out, once in -- in this classic animal tale by Thornton Burgess.


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Old Billy Possum is dead! So says Reddy Fox, anyway, who walks along singing, "Ol' Bill Possum, it served him right, and he is no more, for he died last night!" Then Reddy Fox sees a ghost -- and the rest of the animals see the truth . . . at least until the next tomfoolery takes place on the very day of Peter Rabbit's party! Unc' Billy Possum learns how easy it is to get in Old Billy Possum is dead! So says Reddy Fox, anyway, who walks along singing, "Ol' Bill Possum, it served him right, and he is no more, for he died last night!" Then Reddy Fox sees a ghost -- and the rest of the animals see the truth . . . at least until the next tomfoolery takes place on the very day of Peter Rabbit's party! Unc' Billy Possum learns how easy it is to get into trouble -- and how hard it is to get out, once in -- in this classic animal tale by Thornton Burgess.

30 review for The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess, Fiction, Animals, Fantasy & Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Noella Van Looy

    Ol' Billy Possum besluit te verhuizen van Virginia naar het Groene Woud. Hij heeft het er erg naar zijn zin, en laat ook zijn familie overkomen. Peter Rabbit wil een verrassingsfeestje organiseren voor de Possums, maar Sammy Jay en Reddy Fox zijn niet uitgenodigd. Zij komen het toch te weten en willen het feestje saboteren. Maar Mr. Toad heeft van hun plannetje gehoord en kan de andere dieren waarschuwen, en zo wordt het feestje gered. Billy heeft zin in eieren, en gaat ze stelen bij Farmer Brown Ol' Billy Possum besluit te verhuizen van Virginia naar het Groene Woud. Hij heeft het er erg naar zijn zin, en laat ook zijn familie overkomen. Peter Rabbit wil een verrassingsfeestje organiseren voor de Possums, maar Sammy Jay en Reddy Fox zijn niet uitgenodigd. Zij komen het toch te weten en willen het feestje saboteren. Maar Mr. Toad heeft van hun plannetje gehoord en kan de andere dieren waarschuwen, en zo wordt het feestje gered. Billy heeft zin in eieren, en gaat ze stelen bij Farmer Brown. Maar door zoveel eieren te eten, wordt hij slaperig en valt in slaap in een oud kippenest. Gelukkig vindt Farmer Brown's Boy hem niet, maar deze zet vallen, zodat Bily niet meer buiten kan. Eindelijk weet hij toch te ontsnappen, maar hij maakt sporen in de sneeuw, dus nu durft hij niet naar zijn eigen holle boom vluchten. Hij brengt enkele nachten door in een andere boom, terwijl Mrs. Possum heel erg ongerust is. Maar dan begint het op een avond te sneeuwen, en de Eekhoorn vertelt Billy dat hij nu gerust naar huis kan, want tegen de volgende morgen zullen alle sporen uitgewist zijn. Zo gezegd, zo gedaan. Billy krijgt een enorme uitbrander van Mrs. Possum, maar als Farmer Brown's Boy de volgende morgen naar the Green forest komt, is er geen enkel spoor te zien, en moet hij onverrichterzake weer naar huis.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Unc’ Billy possum has a hankering for eggs, so he sneaks into Farmer Brown’s henhouse for a surreptitious meal. But then Farmer Brown’s son comes in and discovers the theft, and Unc’ Billy can’t get out without being caught. Moral: it’s much easier to get into trouble than to get out of it. All Thornton Burgess’s books teach moral lessons, with animals that look and act like humans, sort of like the Uncle Remus stories. But these are a lot thinner. Children of yesteryear might have been enchante Unc’ Billy possum has a hankering for eggs, so he sneaks into Farmer Brown’s henhouse for a surreptitious meal. But then Farmer Brown’s son comes in and discovers the theft, and Unc’ Billy can’t get out without being caught. Moral: it’s much easier to get into trouble than to get out of it. All Thornton Burgess’s books teach moral lessons, with animals that look and act like humans, sort of like the Uncle Remus stories. But these are a lot thinner. Children of yesteryear might have been enchanted with them, but today’s kids have a lot more to choose from, and I’m not sure they would choose these.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Like most of the Burgess books, this is a light-hearted, humorous read with good little messages. I get this story a little confused with “The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk,” though, because both involve Unc’ Billy in the Browns’ henhouse! A Favourite Quote: “So Unc' Billy Possum learned how easy it is to get into trouble and how hard to get out of it.” A Favourite Humourous Quote: “Unc' Billy isn't any too fond of work. He had a lot rather that some one else should do the work 3 stars & 3/10 hearts. Like most of the Burgess books, this is a light-hearted, humorous read with good little messages. I get this story a little confused with “The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk,” though, because both involve Unc’ Billy in the Browns’ henhouse! A Favourite Quote: “So Unc' Billy Possum learned how easy it is to get into trouble and how hard to get out of it.” A Favourite Humourous Quote: “Unc' Billy isn't any too fond of work. He had a lot rather that some one else should do the work for him, and he is smart enough to fix it so that usually some one else does.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jon E

    It was amazing because Farmer Brown's Boy kept trying to trap Unc' Billy Possum but in the other book, I think it was "Peter Rabbit", Farmer Brown's Boy caught Unc' Billy Possum by the tail. It was amazing because Farmer Brown's Boy kept trying to trap Unc' Billy Possum but in the other book, I think it was "Peter Rabbit", Farmer Brown's Boy caught Unc' Billy Possum by the tail.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    This is one of several Thornton W. Burgess books that I remember my dad reading to me and my sister when we were little. Loved them. Later read it on my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    The primary reason I like this book is my daughters, 7 and 9 at time of reading, loved it. I also love it's timelessness. A child's introduction to nature through the lens of the animals. The love and respect the animals have for each other, and the disrespect of some, are palpable and engaging The primary reason I like this book is my daughters, 7 and 9 at time of reading, loved it. I also love it's timelessness. A child's introduction to nature through the lens of the animals. The love and respect the animals have for each other, and the disrespect of some, are palpable and engaging

  7. 4 out of 5

    Boyschool

    Love It! So fun to read in the accent of Unc' Billy Possum! A great read to little ones! Highly recommend all the books by this author. Love It! So fun to read in the accent of Unc' Billy Possum! A great read to little ones! Highly recommend all the books by this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hà Kim

    It is good, but not the best book i like of this series

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    i liked it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Marshall

    The Burgess Books This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Of The Burgess Books This is a phrase that brings a smile to my face as often as I hear it. As a young child, I would lose myself for hours in the simple world of the wood and pond inhabited by Little Joe Otter, Buster Bear, Grandfather Frog, and terrorized by Farmer Brown's Boy. I can remember the very shelf, even the exact spot in the little library in Felton, CA where these books were kept. I would return practically every week with a new armload to last me until our next trip to the library. Often I would carry out stories that I read several times before, just so I could once again escape into this imaginary world of furry mischief. I remember these books well in concept, though the specifics of most of the stories elude me. It was easily fifteen years ago when I began reading them and has been over a decade since I last picked up one of Burguess' stories to read it. That being said, this review is being written as a look back. These stories are very simple and very fun. Of course, they are children's literature, so that's to be expected, but these stories strike me as especially so. Even still, I can remember some fascinating things I gleaned between the their covers. For one thing, Burgess did a fantastic job of presenting the ideas of persepective and motivation in simplistic terms. For example, "The Adventures of Danny Field Mouse" would cast Old Man Coyote as a vicious, mean creature wishing to prey on Danny and his friends and family. Yet, pick up instead "The Adventures of Old Man Coyote" and you'll see that when the story is told with him as the protagonist, those pesky field mice are annoying and useful for little more than a snack. After reading both books, you're no more inclined to think of Old Man Coyote as a villian than you are to think of Danny Field Mouse as a pest that should be exterminated. (Note: This is a generic example. I do not recall if Old Man Coyote plays a role in Danny Field Mouse's story or the other way around, but this concept was presented several times. It made an impression on me.) The only characters consistantly presented as antagonists were Farmer Brown and his boy. This would be one of the only things that I chalk up as odd, or maybe just a little "off" in these books. Humans and their influence on nature are presented as a negative influence on nature and animals - always. It's interesting to note though that while humans are seen as a negative, humanity is lauded and held up as virtuous. All of the animals take on not only human personalities but characteristics, traits, and mannerisms. From a frog with a monocle and an otter with a handkerchief tied to a stick, to a busy-body Jay and a reclusive owl who desires only to be left alone, humanity and it's traits keep cropping up. Which would be another thing of value I feel that I saw in the Burgess books. These stories are full of social interaction and personality conflicts, even if they are charicatured more often than not. We see over and over again a working out of peace, if not harmony, between conflicting personalities. It may not always be easy to point out a scripture to reinforce the lesson implied, but social harmony is presented and more often than not, resolution is through reconciliation, forgiveness, or a similar method that is not only laudable, but distinctly Christian in action if not motivation. All in all, the world created by Thornton W. Burgess is imaginative, innocent, fun, and educational. My reccomendation? Grab a handful from your local library, gather a group of kids as an excuse, and lose yourselves in childhood imaginations as you read aloud the stories that have captivated several generations of young readers with the antics of our furry, albiet elusively human, friends. (Disclaimers: As I said, it has been over a decade since I actually read one of Burgess' books. As such, there may be a specific example that's a little off in this review or something that I would have noticed as an adult that my childhood memories are missing. Also, all of these books say I read them in 1998. While I'm certain I read several of them that year, I'm sure I read some before and after that date as well.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma Filbrun

    In The Adventures of Unc Billy Possum, poor Unc Billy is hungry for eggs, and finds his way into Farmer Brown’s hen house—but when Farmer Brown’s boy sets traps around while he is sleeping, he is stuck until snow covers the traps. Then, Farmer Brown’s boy is able to track him to his hiding place by his tracks in the snow, and Unc Billy is still stuck! He must learn that greed will often lead to a person’s downfall. Read my full review here. In The Adventures of Unc Billy Possum, poor Unc Billy is hungry for eggs, and finds his way into Farmer Brown’s hen house—but when Farmer Brown’s boy sets traps around while he is sleeping, he is stuck until snow covers the traps. Then, Farmer Brown’s boy is able to track him to his hiding place by his tracks in the snow, and Unc Billy is still stuck! He must learn that greed will often lead to a person’s downfall. Read my full review here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    these Thornton Burgess books were writen in the early 1900's (this one in 1914) I'm reading them to my kids .... they were actually my favorite books as an elementary schooler. I bought about 25 of them a year or so ago on Amazon... and now that i'm reading them out loud to my kids I remember why I enjoyed them so much as a child.!!!! So fun, i'll be reading all of them this summer. these Thornton Burgess books were writen in the early 1900's (this one in 1914) I'm reading them to my kids .... they were actually my favorite books as an elementary schooler. I bought about 25 of them a year or so ago on Amazon... and now that i'm reading them out loud to my kids I remember why I enjoyed them so much as a child.!!!! So fun, i'll be reading all of them this summer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Seth

    Its very unfair for Reddy fox because all he did was same to what billy possum did. But In the end all the stardom goes to billy possum. Thornton preaches more logical things rather to be only Saint things.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    MCL. It was funny. Unc' Billy lived far away from the rest of his family. MCL. It was funny. Unc' Billy lived far away from the rest of his family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    kookymonstta

  16. 4 out of 5

    Timalee Guetterman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leora

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Travers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert Karlen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia O'Neal

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauri Lintott

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anton

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nayarasano

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Bousquet

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