The Lodge that Beaver Built

The Lodge that Beaver Built
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September 27, 2022
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A lush companion to The Nest That Wren Built brings to light the habits of a secretive creature with lifelike illustrations and a lyrical, informative text.

Resourceful Beaver and his family work every day to build the perfect lodge in the pond, made of branches from the shore willow and silty mud from the streambed. Secure and safe from the elements and all the forest animals who come by, the beavers sleep, play, and grow inside the lodge. But come springtime’s flood, this family of beavers will move on, leaving behind the remains of the lodge that Beaver built. Gently scientific and accessible, with soft, glowing illustrations from award-winning artist Anne Hunter, this lilting, poetic companion to The Nest That Wren Built introduces young children to the engineering feat of dam-building and the life cycle of beaver families. Budding nature lovers can explore more beaver facts, a glossary, and a list of suggested resources in the back matter.

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Somewhere in a marsh, a beaver builds its lodge, one that's sturdy and sound. A place that's in the center of the bustling nature and protects its inhabitants from predators. Around it, a goose finds items for its nest, a heron searches for food, and a moose chomps on some plants. There's so much activity around this one lodge until nature takes its shot, but that won't stop beavers from doing their thing.

THE LODGE THAT BEAVER BUILT teaches children about how resilient beavers are and how they build homes that can withstand most things. However, sometimes they get damaged from things we can't control, like flash floods. When this happens, the beavers simply find a new place to rebuild, starting all over each time. This teaches readers that when life knocks you down, you get right back up and rebuild. In the back of the book, there are some beaver facts to expand the reader's awareness of how incredible they are. While this is an educational book, the illustrations have a soft theme with dim colors.

Final Verdict: This book is a must have for children who love animals, especially for those who are intrigued by beavers and the dams they build. My daughter liked the wildlife going on around the beavers while they hang out safe in their lodge.
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