Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam

illus. by Deborah Hocking. 32p. Millbrook. Mar. 2016. lib. ed. $26.65. ISBN 9781467749008.
K-Gr 3—An exciting introduction to these semiaquatic animals. Readers follow a young beaver kit over the course of a year as he and his family find food, ward off predators, and continue to build their dam and lodge. Short paragraphs lend themselves to being read aloud, and the narrative will hold kids' attention. However, the details and vocabulary found in other animal texts are lacking here; report writers will need to look elsewhere for general facts. Hocking's intricate and beautiful full-spread watercolors greatly enhance the text.
VERDICT A solid supplemental purchase.

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