Potter wrote stories to teach almost cautionary tales about human habits and behavior, using the animals as substitutes for little boys and girls. Burgess was a naturalist who celebrated the beauties of the natural world and used his animal characters to illustrate lessons about the earth. he wrote about them for 50 years in books and his newspaper column, Bedtime Stories. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for the daily newspaper column.
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