In a very simple text (""Crunch, crunch, cut and carry, busy beavers are at work"") expanded by broad, double-spread...

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BUSY BEAVERS

In a very simple text (""Crunch, crunch, cut and carry, busy beavers are at work"") expanded by broad, double-spread illustrations, the basics of beaver life are outlined: building a house, babies learning to swim (does this have to be learned?), hiding from a threat, weathering a storm. Dabcovich's bold illustrations are the best feature of this simple presentation: her broad, varied line vigorously suggests the beaver's movement, and her subtle use of the blue to yellow range has a lovely clarity, whether indicating the effects of light beneath the pond's surface or above it. On the other hand, the animals are caricatured, their faces almost anthropomorphic; it is not clear whether the predator is wolf or fox, and the blue birds are of no particular species. Still, an acceptable introduction to this animal for the youngest who might be interested.

Pub Date: March 1, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1988