FICTION

Beavers

illus. by Nicholas John Frith. 96p. further reading. glossary. websites. HMH. Dec. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544949874.
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Gr 2–5—In this guide to a beaver's "superpowers," a nameless woman identifies and explains what is remarkable about beavers, as exemplified by a fictional pair she calls Elmer and Irma. The narrator introduces each superpower, or trait, by describing it as a special ability, then explaining how it works. Text boxes and quizzes are interspersed throughout and add a bit of fun. The illustrations, which have a vintage look to them, alternate between comic depictions of rodents and more detailed diagrams that identify different physical features of beavers and their habitats. The text is clear and friendly, though it occasionally tries too hard to be cute. The book's usefulness for students is hampered by the lack of a table of contents but it is helped by a clear glossary and a detailed further reading section.
VERDICT Though it might take some hand selling, this is a serviceable addition to most libraries.

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