The Beavers' Busy Year Paperback – February 10, 2014
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It is a wonderful nonfiction book to add to any children's science library about beavers, nature's engineers. - Science Books & Films
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That huge pile of sticks that can sometimes be seen in ponds isn’t just a haphazard jumble of sticks, but rather is a home or lodge. Once the beavers have a large pile they “chew a room inside the pile of sticks.” In order to protect themselves the lodge “usually has more than one door or entrance.” No way do they want any enemies coming into their house. A beaver’s head and body is barely above the water and he glides along the surface. You’ll learn all about the special ways their bodies have adapted to the water. You’ll also learn about how they prepare for winter, how many beavers live in a lodge, what they eat, how many kits they have, and you’ll learn many other fascinating things about the life of the beaver.
This is a marvelous photographic journal of beavers and how they live. One of the most appealing things about this book, of course, are the actual photographs that follow beavers through a season. There is an occasional oval sidebar that will add something of interest to the text. For example, when we see a lodge, there is one that shows an artist’s rendition of a slice of one so we can peek inside. Newly independent readers can tackle this beginning nonfiction book with a bit of assistance with unusual words such as “splinters.” In the back of the book are several activities that can be downloaded and printed from the publisher’s website. This would be an excellent book to read and discuss in the homeschool or classroom setting.
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Children love to learn about different kinds of animals. In A Beaver’s Busy Year, the informative text and the gorgeous, full-color photographs, all by Mary Holland, provide a lot of interesting facts about beavers and how they live. These fascinating creatures were once hunted almost to extinction for their fur which was used to make men’s hats. The “For Creative Minds” section in the back has additional material on beaver signs, how beavers engineer their dams, and their relationship to other pond wildlife. There is a 15-30 page teaching activities guide available at the publisher’s website to help youngsters explore the world of beavers further. A similar Sylvan Dell title by Mary Holland is Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer.