Beaver's Lodge

Beaver's Lodge

by Ingrid Schubert
     
 

When Beaver gets hurt trying to fix some holes in the roof of his new lodge, his friends Hedgehog and Bear come to the rescue, carrying him off to Bear's cave to recuperate. While Beaver sleeps, Hedgehog and Bear gather stones, sticks, grasses, and mud, not merely repairing the damaged lodge but also decorating their creation with things they find in the forest.

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When Beaver gets hurt trying to fix some holes in the roof of his new lodge, his friends Hedgehog and Bear come to the rescue, carrying him off to Bear's cave to recuperate. While Beaver sleeps, Hedgehog and Bear gather stones, sticks, grasses, and mud, not merely repairing the damaged lodge but also decorating their creation with things they find in the forest.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When Beaver hurts himself and can't continue fixing his lodge, his friends, including Bear and Hedgehog, complete the work with a few creative additions and one omission—a door. But Beaver promises to bite his way in, pointing to his large orange teeth. The limp story, first published in the Netherlands, includes no visual reference to real beaver lodges, partially submerged as they are, which is sure to bother nature lovers. The naturalistic setting provides pinecones, shells and flowers to decorate the finished lodge, but jarringly, a beat-up bucket and an old tire also make an appearance. The anthropomorphic animals depicted in watercolors have a pleasant appearance but not enough to save this weak and clumsily told (or translated) story. 2001, Front Street, $15.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-When Beaver falls and injures himself while building his lodge, Hedgehog and Bear come to the rescue. They carry him to Bear's cave, tend to his wounds, and put him to sleep. As a cheer-up surprise, they rebuild his lodge. Hedgehog is the architect and overseer while Bear is the builder. When their work is mostly done, they realize that something is still missing but they can't figure out what it is. When Beaver is taken to see his spectacular new abode, he asks where the door is, and they realize what they forgot. No matter, Beaver has big teeth to gnaw his way in. Full-page watercolors in soft, earthy tones welcome readers into the landscapes. The artists capture the animals' expressions of hurt, excitement, and confusion perfectly. However, the ending is abrupt. Because Beaver never thanks his friends, readers are left with the impression that, rather than being pleased, he is humoring their good intentions. An additional choice for a units on kindness and good deeds or confronting the issue of manners.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910683
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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