Never Underestimate a Beaver

Today I have a book that will teach you to never underestimate a beaver!  I know what you are thinking.  Beavers are lumpy rodents with buck teeth.  Yup, that is correct.  However, they are also wetland warriors and heroes to frogs, toads, salamanders, ants, herons … well, you get the picture.

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Title: Beavers (Superpower Field Guide)never underestimate a beaver

Author: Rachel Poliquin

Target: Grades 2-6

Series: This is the first book in a four-part series which will include moles, ostriches, and anteaters

What this book is about:

If you guessed beavers, well then I would say you are well informed. Rachel Poliquin shares all the qualities that make a beaver a superhero.  From chainsaw teeth and ever-toiling tails to hydro powered building brilliance and subaquatic winter siege survival skills, the beaver kills it.  Readers will learn about how the beaver builds his home, gets supplies and feeds itself in winter months.  His unstoppable fur and paws of power are also featured.  Readers will never look at beavers the same way again.

Why I love this book:

  • The illustrations by Nicholas John Frith are retro and delightful.  They play perfectly with the approach of the author.  Rachel Poliquin writes in a pithy style that feels more like a fun conversation than a lecture.  Kids will quickly move through a plethora of information while being utterly entertained.
  • I appreciated the author’s attempt at gender neutrality.  She does stop the book midway to let readers know that while our fictional beaver Elmer is the hero of the story, his mate Irma could easily replace him. In fact, if she hadn’t identified Elmer, you would be hard pressed to figure out if you were looking at Elmer or Irma!
  • I appreciated not only know more about the beaver but also about the beaver’s place in the ecosystem. This book may only be 96 pages, with plenty of illustrations, but readers will come away with lots of knowledge.

Who this book is for:

Great nonfiction choice for all kids. The information is delivered in a fun and comical way, which will entice even kids who may not think they like nonfiction

Final thoughts: 

I loved finding out the origin of the “Mad Hatter”.  But I’m not giving anything away here.  Have to read the book to find out.

To purchase this book:

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