Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyTina and her parents relish an enforced respite from their hectic schedule; PW said, ``Carlson delivers an important message to today's over-programmed families. Her brightly colored illustrations are as energetic as the beavers themselves.'' Ages 3-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 3-- The beavers in this tale represent the typical family of today--overprogrammed. Afterschool and after work activities range from daughter Tina's ballet and volleyball classes to Dad's bridge game and cake-decorating class, not to mention Mom's tennis game and aerobics. All this results in the family's spending little time together--that is, until a major snowstorm arrives. When confined to their home for the day, they make some wonderful discoveries about each other. Carlson uses these busy beavers to portray a very real situation. Her simple text is reinforced by whimsical, full-color drawings that add humor to the characters' dilemmas. Perhaps after ``taking time to relax'' and reading this book, parents and children will see that it's okay to miss a soccer game or a ballet class occasionally. In fact, it can be quite rewarding. --Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY
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Nancy Carlson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.
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