|Illustration for "New Year Wishes and Resolves" (January 2, 1917)|
January 2. The animals make New Year's resolutions.
January 3 to January 9. A snow storm rocks the Old Orchard and Chatterer the Red Squirrel learns what it means to be hungry during the winter.
January 10 to January 30. Hard weather brings Granny and Reddy Fox to the Brown farm in search of food. Reprinted in Old Granny Fox.
January 31 to February 2. Peter Rabbit is stunned to discover a butterfly during the winter.
February 2 to February 3. Peter Rabbit learns that Groundhog Day is a silly idea.
February 5 to February 14. Peter Rabbit and Farmer Brown's boy visit Paddy the Beaver's pond. Farmer Brown's boy performs an experiment.
February 15 to March 3. Romance blossoms between Reddy Fox and Miss Swiftfoot. Reddy fights off a competitor, wins the approval of Granny Fox, and the couple make a new home.
March 5 to April 12. Bobby Coon suffers a broken leg when Farmer Brown's boy chops down his tree. He is taken to the Brown house to recover (to the chagrin of Black Pussy). After being released, Bobby has a hard time finding a new place to sleep, but finally settles near his cousin Buster Bear. Much of it reprinted in The Adventures of Bobby Coon.
April 13 to April 26. Danny and Nanny Meadow Mouse have adventures on their way back to the Green Meadows and Danny learns that Nanny can fend for herself.
April 27 to May 4. Sammy Jay discovers the foxes have new babies and has to decide whether to reveal the secret.
May 5 to May 10. Farmer Brown's boy creates a bird sanctuary in the Old Orchard.
May 11 to June 9. The adventures of the four fox children: Chubby, Stubby, Dusky, and Cutie. Dusky learns about scent trails and Chubby gets lost.
June 11 to June 23. Jimmy Skunk and Unc' Billy Possum team up to raid Farmer Brown's hen house with disappointing results. Reprinted in The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk.
June 25 to July 12. Billy Mink's five children learn how to fish and be safe. The "boldest little mink" is nearly caught by Hooty the Owl; the "timidest" little mink is wisely cautious.
July 13 to July 17. Farmer Brown's boy needs to figure out how to get Jimmy Skunk out of his cellar.
|Illustration for "Grandfather Frog has a trying day" (July 21, 1917)|
July 22 to July 26. Peter Rabbit sees baby turtles emerge from ground.
July 27 to July 28. Peter Rabbit learns about Grandfather Frog's eyes
July 30 to August 18. Peter Rabbit, with the help of Sammy Jay, tries to find Ol' Mistah Buzzard's nest. Reprinted in The Adventures of Ol' Mistah Buzzard.
August 20 to October 1. Big Tom and Mrs. Gobbler prove too smart for wily Reddy Fox. Then Peter Rabbit must keep secret where Mrs. Gobbler has made her nest.
October 2 to October 10. Peter learns all about Flitter the Bat and does some baby-sitting.
October 11 to November 3. It is beech-nut time in the Green Forest and there is plenty for everyone, but that doesn't stop Chatterer the Red Squirrel and Happy Jack from fighting over nuts.
November 5 to November 10. Peter Rabbit tries to comfort Lightfoot the Deer, who is suffering from shotgun wounds.
November 12 to November 16. Paddy the Beaver teaches Peter Rabbit about logging.
November 17 to December 10. Yowler the Bob Cat terrorizes the Green Forest. Bowser and Farmer Brown's boy intervene to drive him away.
December 11 to December 14. Buster Bear has a humorous encounter with a rock tied to a string. Then he decides to go to bed for the winter.
December 15 to December 20. Peter Rabbit is envious of Jumper the Hare's white winter coat.
December 21 to December 26. Peter Rabbit is unsettled when he crawls into Johnny Chuck's house to see what Johnny looks like when he hibernates.
December 28 to December 31. Beginning of a story about the arrival of Mr. Goshawk.
NotesIn 1917 it was Reddy's Fox's turn to find a mate and have adventurous children. Miss Swiftfoot, usually called "Mrs. Reddy," effectively replaced Granny Fox as Reddy's hunting partner. She eventually became one of Burgess's greatest (if lesser known) female creations. Billy Mink also had children and Burgess began a practice of naming offspring by temperaments ("the boldest/timidest little mink"). In coming years, being labeled "the boldest..." would be a death sentence, but not yet.
The strong anti-hunting tone of 1916 was toned down, restricted to a week-long story about Lightfoot the Deer and his recovery from shotgun wounds. In May, Farmer Brown's boy went beyond simply feeding the birds and constructed a full-fledged bird sanctuary. This paralleled Burgess's work promoting bird sanctuaries for the People's Home Journal's Green Meadow Club.
Peter Rabbit and his endless curiosity remained the main conduit into teaching nature facts, from the shape of bullfrog eyes to beaver logging behavior. Burgess made Peter Rabbit envious of Jumper the Hare's white coat. You may remember that Burgess mistakenly gave Peter Rabbit a white winter coat in 1913. This seems to be a pattern--when he'd make a mistake, Burgess would go out of his way to make a correction (sometimes repeatedly) in future years.