This collection of passages for Grade 3 provides students with close reading practice. The animal characters from these Thornton Burgess books have been entertaining young readers for years. This author's love of nature shines through in stories where woodland animals solve problems similar to real-life situations between friends and family. In these stories, meet Jerry Muskrat, Whitefoot the Wood Mouse, and Old Mr. Toad. What adventures will they have, and how will they puzzle their way through these dilemmas? Read to find out. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.