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The Last Chapters of Burgess Animal Coloring Pages

Last week, I finished all of the coloring pages for the Burgess Animal Book covered in A Gentle Feast‘s curriculum for Cycle 1, Form 1. Last night, I finished the rest for the book! I’m so grateful to have grown through this process because I had the chance to get to know these animals better.

These last chapters are a bit of an odd round up. I imagine inviting the animals to a party at our house and watching their odd shapes and personalities mingle with one another. The Sea Otter would definitely be the life of the party, the Manatee would be shy, and the Musk Ox would be asked to leave.

Throughout our last year in the book, I used the Dover edition. But just in the last few weeks, Living Books Press released an amazing edition with full color photos. Not only for this book, but also for The Burgess Bird Book and The Burgess Flower Book! Since we already had an edition and I’m saving our School Budget for next year’s books, I purchased the digital copy to end out our time in the book. But guess what I got for next year? Their new edition of The Burgess Bird Book! I can’t wait to show it off to you when I get it. And you may guess where my next project is taking me…

Until then, here is where you can find all of the Coloring Pages for Thornton W. Burgess’s “The Burgess Animal Book for Children”:

Chapters 1-12

Chapters 13-24

Chapters 25-36

Chapters 37-40

<3 Kate

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The Burgess Animal Book For Children Coloring Pages

I’m so happy to announce that I finished all of the coloring pages that go with A Gentle Feast curriculum’s coverage of The Burgess Animal Book for Children. We have loved doing Cycle 1 of A Gentle Feast this year. Each term of the curriculum, of which there are 3, includes 12 weeks of beautiful living books to read covering history, geography, natural history, nature study, and more! You spend your Form 1 Natural History time throughout the year in this book, as well as a few others.

I’m going to complete the remaining 4 chapters in the next coming days, but all of the term bundles are up in the shop!

Term 1: Chapters 1-12

Term 2: Chapters 13-24

Term 3: Chapters 25-36

This time around, the big cats were the most difficult to draw, but they were my favorite. Wanderhoof the Caribou is a personal favorite, I’d like to meet him in person.

This has been a really gratifying way to spend my free time over the last few weeks because it is so amazing to see the beauty of these animals. I really have a deeper appreciation for all of the animals that I spent time drawing. I can see why Burgess wrote about them, for no matter the size, they are all so majestic and amazing. I’m so grateful to share these with my children and others, and I hope they can be a blessing to your family or students as well.

Until next time, get out and about in your neighborhood Spinney <3 Kate

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Mice, a lot of mice

I finished the second installment of The Burgess Animal Book for Children, which covers Chapters 13-24.

This book by Thornton W. Burgess is one of our favorite resources from our year in A Gentle Feast Cycle 1, Form 1. It has been so fun diving even deeper into the book this last month while making these coloring pages. Can you imagine having this many mice on your camping blanket?

Thirteen mice on my camping blanket!

These chapters also include shrews, bats, skunks, and weasels. As well as, a badger and wolverine. From this installment, the hardest animals to draw were the mice because there were just so many of them! My favorite animal to draw was the Star-nosed Mole.

Check out that Star-nosed Mole towards the middle!

The last installment will be ready by the middle of June. It will contain the rest of the chapters, so check back soon!

Until next time, hope you enjoy the day! <3 Kate

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Burgess Animal Coloring Pages

After a few weeks of hard work, I’m happy to announce that the first round of Burgess Animal Coloring Pages are in the shop. They include 19 animals that Burgess writes about in the first 12 chapters of the book. I have to tell you that it is very difficult to draw a North American Porcupine, I tried a few different ways and in the end this is Prickly Porky:

My kids remarked that they really like African Crested Porcupines better.

Did you know that North American Porcupines can climb trees? It’s true!- My sister has always sworn that it is so, but I didn’t believe her, until I started researching them this year with the kids. This is what Burgess writes about Prickly Porky in “The Little Burgess Animal Book”:

It is in the Green Forest that we look for Prickly Porky. Just look for a tree that has recently been stripped of its bark and you will find Prickly Porky in the neighborhood. In winter he lives on bark, buds, and tender twigs. In summer he enjoys leaves and green plants. He is crazy for salt and does a lot of mischief around camps by gnawing things that have been handled by man. It is for the salty taste.

Burgess, Little Animal Book — PRICKLY PORKY the porcupine. An independent fellow with a thousand little spears in his coat.

If you are interested in the First Round of Coloring and Writing pages, you can always find them here. The PDFs include: 1) a set of coloring and writing pages and 2) a set of coloring pages. It is my goal to complete all of the coloring pages by the middle of June, 2021. Until then, you can find them in our shop on Etsy.

If you are interested in the book, you can find it here:

and if you are interested in A Gentle Feast curriculum you can find it here:

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Marmots, Pika, and Sewellel, Oh MY!

The next installment of the Burgess Animal Book for Children coloring pages are in the shop featuring Marmots, along with the cutest relative of rabbits- the Pika, and the great “Mountain Beaver” or Sewellel. The hardest animal to draw this time was the Sewellel and my favorite to draw was the Pika because it’s just so cute.

Woodchucks are often called Groundhogs and they are also from the Sciuridae Family like our Squirrel friends. I thought it would be fun to include one of the descriptions Thornton W. Burgess included in his “The Little Burgess Animal Book”. We have a vintage edition that I purchased from Etsy and it is very well-loved. I love that it gives little summaries for many of the animals in the larger book.

“Whistler

is the Hoary Marmot, own cousin to Johnny Chuck and looking much like him but handsomer and very much larger. He lives high up in the mountains of the Far West. There he loves to sit on a big rock, or other high point, from which he can look far in all directions. His sight and hearing are wonderful. And how that fellow can whistle! He can be heard for more than a mile. When he sees an enemy, he whistles a warning to all his friends. Johnny Chuck and Whistler are really big ground-loving Squirrels.”

Page 42, The Little Burgess Animal Book

You can find these pages with the Ch 1-12 bundle here in the shop.

And if you want to know where we found this resource for our homeschool you can check out our curriculum here: A Gentle Feast.

Until next time, enjoy Spring! <3 Kate

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Squirrels and Critters

In our modern world we consider most animals, especially rodents, to be pests. They get in the way of what we are trying to do with what we like to think of as our piece of earth. We find them nestled in our Christmas decorations when we get them out once a year. They make holes in our yard or property. They eat more of the bird seed than the birds. They eat our carefully curated lettuce from the garden patch we meticulously manage. (Like that alliteration?)

The particular animals featured in these coloring pages are common visitors to most of our yards, parks, and playgrounds. In his book, The Burgess Animal Book for Children, Burgess describes 6 different members of the squirrel and chipmunk branch of the Sciuridae Family: the Red Squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Chipmunk, and Spermophile.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to move back to the US and see squirrels. I actually missed them when I was living in the desert. Introducing squirrels and chipmunks to our children through this book is a great way to teach them that they are more than “pests” and to remind ourselves of that fact as well.

These were a fun set of drawings to do last week. The hardest animal to draw was the chipmunk and the one I most enjoyed was the flying squirrel. There are 6 drawings here for Chapters 5 and 6, and you can find them here with the Chapter 1-12 listing in the shop.

Until next time, <3 Kate

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The Burgess Animal Book for Children

This book by Thornton W. Burgess is one of our favorite resources from our year in A Gentle Feast Cycle 1, Form 1.

My kids have all loved the stories because we all love animals! Burgess writes about the animals by making them into characters, who are fun to listen to, imitate, and learn from. Each of my children, ages 7, 5, and 2 1/2, have something to enjoy when we read it.

Every week when I read the chapter, the kids spend time coloring one of the animals according to the physical characteristics described in the book and we love to make little fact sheets of the different animals. At the end of the year, we’ll have a sheet for each of the animals Burgess covers in detail. We’ve been doing this from coloring sheets found online this year, but because we loved it so much, I have started a fun project.

Coloring and Information Sheets for each of the characters in the book!

I’m making digital download bundles for each of the Animal Families and will put them in the shop as they are ready. When you buy one you will be emailed the download, which you can save to your computer, and print whenever you need them.

Check it out as you are planning for next year, new bundles coming shortly!

This first one is for ch. 1-4 which features the Leporidae Family: the Cottontail Rabbit, the Hare, the Marsh Rabbit, and the Arctic Hare. Depending on your child’s artistic interests you can spend time watercoloring these or using colored pencils or crayons, it’s all up to you.

Find it in the Shop!

Until later, be sure to get out into the garden and find some rabbits this Spring! <3 Kate

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