Get Busy, Beaver!

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GET BUSY, BEAVER! is the adorable story of Thelonious Beaver, who doesn't fit in. But as he continues to do the things he loves, the other beavers realize how wonderfully special Thelonious is.

Thelonious isn't like the other beavers. He's a little different.
While Ma, Pa, and Babs Beaver hurry, hurry, hurry to make their dam bigger, bigger, bigger, Thelonious is busy with a project of his own -- a creation so...

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Overview

GET BUSY, BEAVER! is the adorable story of Thelonious Beaver, who doesn't fit in. But as he continues to do the things he loves, the other beavers realize how wonderfully special Thelonious is.

Thelonious isn't like the other beavers. He's a little different.
While Ma, Pa, and Babs Beaver hurry, hurry, hurry to make their dam bigger, bigger, bigger, Thelonious is busy with a project of his own -- a creation so beautiful that it changes everything.

And soon all the beavers in Thelonious's pond join him, as they take a moment to stop and smell the flowers.

While the other beavers in his family furiously flip-flap their tails and chomp-chomp their teeth to make a new dam, young Thelonious takes a moment to smell the flowers.

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Children's Literature
While the other beavers in the family are busy building the dam, Thelonious just kept getting distracted by the beautiful flowers, the clouds, and even the stars at night. His parents tell him to "get busy." Then, one day he had an idea that would change the way his family looked at the river. When he was done, his whole family took time to stop and smell the flowers. This picture book teaches the importance and benefits of different personality types in families. The colorful illustrations give the beaver family character and personality. For example, at one point in the book, when the rest of the beaver family is sleeping, Thelonious is stargazing. The look on his face shows a calm enjoyment as he is looking up at the sky. The text is well-written and the message is clear—not everyone has the same personality, and sometimes it is best to stop and smell the flowers. 2004, Orchard Books/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 6.
—Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The Beavers are busy rebuilding their dam, except for Thelonious, who daydreams and idles the day away. While his family is working harder and harder to keep up with their neighbors, he creates an artistic structure of trees, leaves, and flowers inspired by his observations of the world around him. Through his example, the other beavers learn to slow down and appreciate the creative side of life. Crimi spices her tale with many repeated words, which works well to capture the frenzy of the industrious animals. In contrast, her descriptions of Thelonious's activities use long, flowing sentences to express his temperament. Bynum's cartoon watercolors depict colorful landscapes and the characters have amusing and varied facial expressions. Unfortunately, Thelonious's construction is a little too amorphous and abstract to generate much enthusiasm from readers. Despite this flaw and the fact that the story is reminiscent of Leo Lionni's Frederick (Knopf, 1967), it is an enjoyable read-aloud with a valuable message.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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A family of eager beavers learns there's more to life than building a bigger, better dam. Young Thelonious Beaver is definitely out of sync with his industrious family who spend every waking moment "busy, busy, busy," rebuilding their dam and competing with their neighbors. By day, the dreamy Thelonious watches cloud shapes and dragonflies. At night he gazes at stars and fireflies. His family constantly nags him to "get busy" and stop daydreaming. But when the aesthete Thelonious engineers his own show-stopping creation, he inspires the hard-working beavers to abandon their construction frenzy and literally sit back and smell the roses. The text, along with the humorously detailed line and pastel washed illustrations, contrasts Thelonious's pastoral pleasures with his family's frenetic chomping and chopping. A charming salute to the creative dreamers of the world-including Leo Lionni's classic, Frederick. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439548663
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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