Along a stream a dam pops out of the water. Beavers are busy at work! These aquatic mammals have unique traits that aid them in building the perfect lodge to raise young beavers and keep predators away. Mary Holland’s vibrant photographs document the beavers’ activities through the course of a year. Do these beavers ever take a break? Follow along as they pop through the winter ice to begin the busy year of eating bark, building dams and gathering food just in time for winter to come again.


My Comments:  Another great non-fiction text from Sylvan Dell.  My second graders and I enjoyed learning about beavers while reading this together.  What interesting creatures!  The illustrations, also by Mary Holland, are real-life and quite amazing.  The book includes a section to extend information as well as the web site has a 15-30 page teaching activities guide to go along with the story. Most Sylvan Dell books are AR leveled as well as Lexile leveled and Fountas and Pinnell DRA leveled.  This is a great non-fiction and fun resource for children grades K-4.

This book was released on March 1, 2014.  I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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