Listen to Thornton Burgess and the Residents of the Green Forest and the Green Meadow

Every year for Read Aloud Day I read something that is out copyright protection. The last couple of years I’ve been reading from Thornton Burgess books.

Who Was Thornton Burgess?

Burgess was a naturalist who wrote a column for children about wildlife. His stories were about humanized wild animals. They wear clothes and talk, but otherwise act as the real animals do. His stories were set in the Green Meadows and the Green Forest. Since they were originally written in a column each chapter begins with a recap and ends on a cliff hanger which makes them excellent for reading a chapter aloud. Also, they are perfect early reader (around 2nd grade) books.

Read Aloud Selections

Today the Thornton Burgess Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen continues his work helping children discover the joy of nature. Personally I learned to love his books on the recommendation of Iowa City Public Library’s long term (40 years) children’s librarian, Hazel Westgate. I’ve done other things in honor of World Read Aloud Day including how they celebrated Easter in Gene Stratton-Porter‘s near biographical Laddie: A True Blue Story, a part of Millbank the only novel mentioned in the “Little House” books, the Great Auk section of “Pa’s Big Green Animal Book,”and one-room school readers.

Listen to the Bedtime Stories

Lately I’ve done several episodes on reading Thornton’s adventures of the little folks of the Green Meadows and the Green Forest.

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog the first 30 minutes

Old Mother West Wind is actually a collection of short stories so it doesn’t do the chapter recap and tease the next chapter. In 2019 I was working on testing microphones and I read the stories in roughly 10 minute chunks.

Mother West Wind’s Children Part 1

Mother West Wind’s Children Part 2

Mother West Wind’s Children Part 3

Mother West Wind’s Children Part 4

On World Read Aloud Day 2020 I picked back up Mother West Wind’s Children and read two more stories. Next year I may pick something else or I may return to this, but for now enjoy a 30 minute version.

Mother West Wind’s Children Part 5

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,   listen to her podcast,    look at her photos, and find her on Facebook ,   Twitter ,   LinkedIn ,   SlideShare,   and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Read Aloud Day Poll

Sarah Uthoff in my new studio
Sarah Uthoff in my new studio

I was going to do a Facebook poll about which book I should read for my podcast on World Read Aloud Day (March 4th), but I discovered Facebook now only allows free polls for groups (and doesn’t make the information about paying to include them easy to find). So I decided to try this poll feature in WordPress which I hadn’t before.

Your choices are:

  • Pa’s Big Green Animal Book – It’s real title is
    Hartwig, Dr. G. The Polar and Tropical Worlds: A Popular and Scientific Description. Springfield, MA : C.A. Nichols, 1876. Print.
    If chosen, I’ll read the section containing the information about the Great Auk.
  • Millbank by Mary J. Holmes – I have an emotional connection to the author who created the character my grandmother was named after, so even though I read the beginning last year, I’d be glad to pick up where I left off and read more.
  • Other – Or would you rather hear something else? It would have to be something published before 1924. I could do some more poetry. I also have a pretty good collection of readers and I could pick some stories from them, for instance “The Great Stone Face” was a favorite of my Great-Grandmother’s which is a great piece in itself and has a great story surrounding it that I could share. Or I have some 19th century novels not mentioned in the “Little House” series that you might still enjoy. Or is there something else in mind you’d like to hear? Vote below and we’ll see how this works.
  • No matter how the vote comes out, be sure to pick something for yourself to read aloud to someone on March 4th to celebrate the importance of reading and help spread the word.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Millbank World Read Aloud Day

Brown Cottage
Brown Cottage

March 5th is World Read Aloud Day. I did a special episode two years ago where I did recitations of poetry from one-room school readers. I decided to do another one. After some thought I decided the best thing to read aloud would be Millbank by Mary J. Holmes. Millbank is only novel mentioned by name in the Little House series. It’s in On the Banks of Plum Creek when Laura is trying to prove to Ma she doesn’t have to go to school because she can “read” by reciting from the book that Ma has read aloud so many times that Laura has memorized at least the beginning of it. While it seems that few people have even heard of, much less read,  Mary J. Holmes today, she was a famous writer of the 19th century.  Her books were best sellers and her house a tourist attraction. Read about her house here and here.

Listen to the archive here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/03/06/ep-53-national-read-aloud-day-millbank

UPDATE: After I posted this, Nancy Cleaveland contacted and let me know Romines and I both missed a novel by title. “In Little Town on the Prairie Chapter 19 – Whirl of Gaiety. Carrie receives a novel for Christmas. Laura calls it Stories OF the Moorland, but the correct title is Stories FROM the Moorland.” I thought it might be short stories based on the title, but Nancy confirmed “It does have stories, but in the same way that Pa tells Laura stories.” Thanks for the correction. – SSU

UPDATE August 29 2015: I changed the line about how to listen because the live stream was no longer an option. 🙂 I also updated my signature block. I truly enjoyed doing this chapter of Millbank and think I’ll probably devote another show to reading it another time.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

World Read Aloud Day

In honor of World Read Aloud Day, March 7th, I did a special episode reading aloud from various one-room school readers. Some of them are from Independent 5th Reader which was used at one point by Laura Ingalls Wilder (different copy, same book).  Listen, enjoy and read aloud to someone else and pass it on.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2012/03/08/read-aloud-from-readers