AT HOME WITH THE BEAVER by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

AT HOME WITH THE BEAVER

The Story of a Keystone Species
Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Up-close and personal with a critically essential wetlands animal.

Beavers are known as a “keystone species” because the dams they build from logs, sticks, and mud create ecosystems—ponds—that provide habitats and sustenance for a vast variety of life forms that dwell in and around the ponds, including plants, insects, fish, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and other mammals. These sturdy rodents’ gifts keep on giving even beyond the ponds: Pond water irrigates surrounding vegetation, and the spaces left by trees beavers cut down with their strong, sharp teeth allow for more sunlight to pour down on the greenery. How important are beavers? This biodiversity likely wouldn’t exist without their hard labor. The author offers up these and other fascinating facts in clear, pithy, accessible prose, expressed in a conversational tone, including the tidbit that other animals may help themselves to beavers’ own lodges—sometimes even when the beavers are still living in them. The well-written, economic text, presented on the recto of double-page spreads, is handsomely supported by excellent, high-quality color photos on facing pages; these feature close-ups of some of the plants and wildlife that inhabit a pond and its idyllic surrounding landscape.

A fine browse for young animal lovers and a good, basic choice for report writers. (author’s note, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-970039-00-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Web of Life
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2019




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