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Children's LiteratureWhile 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.