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Three Little Beavers    by Jean Heilprin Diehl & Cathy Morrison order for
Three Little Beavers
by Jean Heilprin Diehl
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This is the story of three beavers, Beatrix, Beverly and Bevan, and how one day the trio end up trapped in metal cages. It all begins because Beatrix decides to go exploring and ends up close to the Beaver Inn. Not realizing she has invaded the home turf of humans, Beatrix begins nibbling the tasty aspens she sees near the inn.

'Whap!' Without any warning the little beaver is ensnared in a trap. When her siblings come looking for her they encounter a similar fate. All three are now in cages and stay there until the owners of the inn find them.

Now it is time to work out a compromise. Rather than relocate the beavers to a different area, the owners decide to try something else so that their guests can enjoy watching the beavers while they stay at the inn.

You'll not only discover how the beavers and humans end up co-existing without problems in this picture book, but at the end of the story there is also a special section for Creative Minds. Here you'll discover Beaver Fun Facts and Adaptations and some hands-on activities on constructing beaver lodges and dams. There' also a page discussing whether beavers are pests or helpful environmental engineers.

There's lots of informative material and plenty of fun activities in this book that will teach children four years of age and older why beavers are an important part of the forest ecosystem.

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