Building a dam can take all day…and there are so many distractions.
“Five busy beavers building up a dam, / closing off the river where the salmon swam.” They gnaw down trees and place them in the stream until…“Along came a muskrat, / who wanted to play. / And one little beaver swam away.” Four remaining beavers continue taking down different species of trees; along comes a heron, and then there are three. They drag logs to the dam site…until a line of “chorus frogs” distracts one, and the work crew is down to two. The penultimate beaver waddles off with a turtle who wants to play, and the last, dedicated beaver works until it’s so dark a firefly is needed to light the way back to the lodge. The other four beavers have a plan (with their new friends) to apologize to their hardest worker with a little surprise thank-you party. Grasso’s fact-filled construction tale, originally published in Canada in 2015, is equally well-suited for storytimes and budding naturalists. The details in her counting rhyme are supplemented with notes at the close on each species encountered. Battuz’s happy, lightly anthropomorphized beavers (no construction hats here) enjoy both work and play in the textured, full-bleed illustrations throughout.
This good-hearted alternative to those five little monkeys is as hardworking as its subjects. (Picture book. 3-7)