“Old Mother West Wind came down from the Purple Hills in the golden light of the early morning. Over her shoulders was slung a bag—a great big bag—and in the bag were all of Old Mother West Wind's children, the Merry Little Breezes.
“Old Mother West Wind came down from the Purple Hills to the Green Meadows and as she walked she crooned a song:
‘Ships upon the ocean wait;
I must hurry, hurry on!
Mills are idle if I'm late;
I must hurry, hurry on.
“When she reached the Green Meadows Old Mother West Wind opened her bag, turned it upside down and shook it. Out tumbled all the Merry Little Breezes and began to spin round and round for very joy, for you see they were to lay in the Green Meadows all day long until Old Mother West Wind should come back at night and take them all to their home behind the Purple Hills.
“First they raced over to see Johnny Chuck. They found Johnny Chuck sitting just outside his door eating his breakfast. One, for very mischief, snatched right out of Johnny Chuck's mouth the green leaf of corn he was eating, and ran away with it. Another playfully pulled his whiskers, while a third rumpled up his hair.”
You can learn more about Thornton W Burgess and his incredible impact on the world from the following:
- Thornton W Burgess Society
- Christie Palmer Lawrence’s website (author of Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W Burgess).
- Life Visits the Bedtime Story Man: Thornton W Burgess lives at the Laughing Brook, Life Magazine, Aug 28, 1944
- Fifty Years in the Green Meadow, Life Magazine, Nov 14, 1960
- Writing Stories for a Million Children, The Rotarian, Mar 1923
- Other posts about Thornton W Burgess on this site.