Learn more about Amazon Prime. Delightful sketches of small mammals familiar to country dwellers including the squirrel, chipmunk, woodchuck, rabbit, muskrat, skunk, fox, weasel, mink, raccoon, porcupine, opossum, and mouse. Anecdotes based upon the author's firsthand observations and personal encounters with these creatures of the wild. Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List.
Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers
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Apr 03, Dagwood rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Delightful short book about the titular subject. Each chapter is about the author's casual observations of a specific furry little creature that one might encounter in many areas of the country US. I have seen them all, save for the weasel and mink, in my own back yard. The setting of the observer is from a simpler time, the late 's. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that there was a lot of talk about trapping, killing and death of some of the animals and I detest animal cru Delightful short book about the titular subject.
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The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that there was a lot of talk about trapping, killing and death of some of the animals and I detest animal cruelty. However, that being said, trapping and killing animals was a fact of life in that day and age. Jan 14, Ralph Calhoun rated it liked it. Found this John Burroughs book while looking for Edgar Rice Burroughs books, and wiht Squirrels as teh main subject I could not pass this up. Early on in my reading I love his rather romantic naturalist writing style. One author said Burrough's created "a body of work whose perfect resonance with the tone of its cultural moment perhaps explains both its enormous popularity at that time, and its relative obscurity since.
Fun read, Burroughs is less science and more interesting stories of his observations. More than once he waxes about Turtles both land and aquatic which in this the 21st century are not considered fur-bearing. Oct 19, Slightly added it Recommends it for: These stories are short and cute.
A very thin line is drawn between personifying the animals, and treating them like pests. Within a matter of sentences, the tone will change from whimsical chance meetings with a Mr. Rabbit, or a Mr. Field Mouse to accounts of trapping and hunting the same animals. I think that's why I like the book so much.
Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers by John Burroughs
It never seems to cute and imaginary, nor logically inhumane. It's just the stories of years of wilderness experience. Mar 17, Holly rated it it was amazing. Does that not just entice you to read the rest of it? Five stars because this is such a charming period piece.
Published in and written, I think, so middle-school age children, but just as enjoyable for adults. Mar 02, Paxxy marked it as to-read. Anita rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Inkblot Stew rated it it was amazing Nov 10, Alex Dove rated it really liked it Dec 11, Amie Doughty rated it it was ok Apr 25, Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Nov 15, Kevin Parsons rated it liked it Jan 11, Jena rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Jim Jarvise rated it liked it Sep 05, Mary Ann Fussell rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Jeff Shoemaker rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Odette marked it as to-read May 30, Kim added it May 21, Amy marked it as to-read Jul 19, Michelle Johnson marked it as to-read Aug 20, Margaret Chind added it Aug 20, Ron Moore added it Feb 15, Susan added it May 21, Angie Shipley marked it as to-read Nov 28, Tahlia Batt added it Mar 21, Kimberly Anna marked it as to-read Apr 04, Sherice marked it as to-read Aug 04, Samantha marked it as to-read Oct 17, Angell marked it as to-read Nov 23, Rosie marked it as to-read Feb 25,