The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

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The Book: The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck written by Thornton W. Burgess was first published in 1913. In this story, Spring has arrived and after spending all winter hibernating, Johnny Chuck decides that he is dissatisfied with his home and sets out to find a new place to live. His search leads him to a run-in with another woodchuck on the Green Meadows, a snake, and a female chuck that gives him a new purpose for finding the perfect place to settle down.


Things to Talk About

  • What is a woodchuck?
  • What is a hyla (now called a Spring Peeper)?
  • How were the Green Meadow and Green Forest changing from winter to spring?
  • Have you ever heard a “laughing brook“?

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Old Mother West Wind Unit Study

Free Old Mother West Wind Unit Study and Teaching Guide: Lists of Activities and Resources*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind was first published in 1910.  This wonderful collection of stories written by Thornton W. Burgess has been a favorite over generations. Old Mother West Wind introduces many animal characters that later became books of their own. This is just the beginning of tales about Peter Cottontail, Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat, Johnny Chuck, and many more!  In this book, Burgess tells us why Grandfather Frog has no tail, why Jimmy Skunk’s family was given stripes, how Spotty the Turtle wins a race, and so many more endearing stories about woodland creatures.

Dover Children’s Thrift Classics have a wonderful version for sale on Amazon.com.  I love adding these little books to my library.

This book is also in the public domain and available for free download HERE.

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The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog is a classic story written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915. This story tells the tales of Grandfather Frog and his careless, greedy, stubborn nature.  He has plenty of troubles in his travels to the Great World and finds out that home is really the best place to be.  Enjoy his bantering with Old Mister Toad, Danny Meadow Mouse, Jerry Muskrat and many more woodland creatures.

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Grandfather Frog ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Things to Talk About

  • Look up the characters in the book your child may not already be familiar with, like Billy Mink and Jerry Muskrat. Let the kids see pictures so they can use their imaginations while listening to the story.  Refer to our Character Page for more info.
  • Discuss where Grandfather Frog lives (or read this book about pond life)
  • Talk about the difference between tattling and concern (Chapter 3).
  • What is a pollywog?
  • In several chapters, we see that Grandfather Frog is continually making bad choices due to his stubbornness.  Talk about what being stubborn means and how it can lead to trouble.
  • What is the meaning of “Look before you leap”?

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