THE BEAVER: How He Works by Glen Rounds

THE BEAVER: How He Works

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As one might expect from a North Carolinian like Rounds, the cantankerous beaver here bears more resemblance to a whipped hound than to the softly furred creature of Irene Brady's Beaver Year (p. 202, J-66). Nor is his private life of much concern as Rounds prefers to detail how the beaver uses his tail as a prop or paddle, digs a stream-bank burrow, ""muttering and mumbling to himself,"" proceeds to build his dam on the simple but effective ""log-jam principle,"" and eventually starts work on his lodge, first constructing a solid mound of mud and sticks and later hollowing out rooms from below. Rounds' claim that the beaver can be ""a great loafer"" is, like his scroungy-looking portraits, a de-romanticized view that's based on joshing familiarity; one might have to know beavers--or at least other beaver books--to fully appreciate the visual humor, but the personal, close-up view of beaver business is engrossing, the next best thing to watching it for yourself.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1976
Publisher: Holiday House