Thornton Waldo Burgess was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was a conservationist and wrote many children’s stories featuring the wildlife, with characters such as Peter Cottontail, Jimmy Skunk, and Grandfather Frog. A prolific author, he produced over 15,000 stories collected in over 170 books.
- The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat (1914)
- The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat tells the story of Jerry, a young muskrat, and his adventures in escaping the Farmer and his son, and saving the Laughing Brook and his home at the Smiling Pool from drying up. The story also features Grandfather Frog, Joe Otter, Billy Mink, and Paddy the Beaver.
- Whitefoot the Woodmouse (1922)
- An introduction to Whitefoot, who is a very optimistic mouse. Even humans have something to learn from his happy way of life and his various adventures.
FCIT. (2019, August 18). Thornton W. Burgess author page. Retrieved August 18, 2019, from
FCIT. "Thornton W. Burgess author page." Lit2Go ETC. Web. 18 August 2019. <>.
FCIT, "Thornton W. Burgess author page." Accessed August 18, 2019..