Old Beaver

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Old Beaver is tired. The logs seem to grow heavier, and it takes him longer to fell a tree. So, when Old Beaver stops building dams, the animals decide to replace him with a new younger, stronger beaver. But the forest animals soon discover that wisdom and experience are every bit as important as youth and strength. Is it too late, or can they find Old Beaver and convince him to help?

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Old Beaver is tired. The logs seem to grow heavier, and it takes him longer to fell a tree. So, when Old Beaver stops building dams, the animals decide to replace him with a new younger, stronger beaver. But the forest animals soon discover that wisdom and experience are every bit as important as youth and strength. Is it too late, or can they find Old Beaver and convince him to help?

After Old Beaver runs away because the other animals are going to replace him with a younger beaver who can build better dams, the animals decide that he is still valuable and that they want him back.

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The enticing cover of a buck-toothed beaver invites readers into a neighborhood where a tired old beaver quits building dams and decides to rest in the sun. When his neighbors look for a new young beaver to build the river dams, Old Beaver feels unnecessary and retreats to a tree hole. Young Beaver works hard, but doesn't know exactly how to build. His dams fall apart. In dismay, the neighbor animals search for and find Old Beaver, Young Beaver and Old Beaver team up with brawn and brain to build dams. Old Beaver with his wise advice thus remains an important member of the community. 2002, North-South Books,
— Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Respecting the wisdom and experience of the elderly is brought home in this gentle tale. Old Beaver has reached the point in his life when he'd rather rest in the sun than fell trees and build dams. The other animals grow concerned at this change and agree with Owl, who feels that "A proper forest needs a beaver who builds proper dams!" Upon hearing of plans to bring in a replacement, Old Beaver decides to leave the forest. When the young, strong beaver arrives, it is obvious that though he is eager he does not have the skills necessary to build a good dam. The animals realize they need their old friend's knowledge and training to help maintain the forest and river ecology. To the satisfaction of all, Old Beaver returns to partner with the newcomer. The soft watercolor illustrations mostly in blues, browns, and greens depict a friendly forest inhabited by otters, bears, rabbits, frogs, squirrels, mice, and a variety of birds. A pleasant lesson about recognizing strengths in others.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780735815643
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

UDO WEIGELT has been writing for children since 1989. He has published many books with North-South.
NINA SPRANGER has been illustrating books since 1999. Her first U.S. book was published by North-South.

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

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