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Title:
Beaver
Author:
Rounds, Glen, 1906-2002.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 26 cm
Summary:
Describes the physical characteristics, diet, and nighttime activities of the beaver, an expert swimmer and builder.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 31661.
ISBN:
9780823414406
Format :
Book

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Summary

One active day in the life of an endearing critter. Rounds describes the habitat and habits of that furry pond-dweller. Readers learn a bit about how and why dams are made, how the beaver eats bark by holding a branch in his paws and gnawing it "like a man eating corn off the cob," etc. Color illustrations, paired with black-and-white sketches, rely on playful draftsmanship for a sense of movement and flow; the color has a textured effect, as if rendered in crayons or pastels, and is bounded by heavy outlines. In an afterword, Rounds punctures some common myths about beavers Anotably that, contrary to the term "working like beavers," these critters rarely "hustle," but rather bite off just a little at a time, as it were, leaving plenty of room for naps and noshing.


Author Notes

Rounds, who was born in 1906 in a sod house near Wall, South Dakota, and moved to Montana one year later in a covered wagon. He wrote dozens of tall tales and realistic books about rural America, especially North Carolina, where he lived, and Montana, where he was brought up.

Rounds first book, Ol' Paul, the Mighty Logger, was published in 1936 by Holiday. He won the AAUW Award in 1983 for Wild Appaloosa. The AAUW Award was created in 1953 to honor North Carolinan children's authors.Rounds died in Pinehurst, NC, September 27, 2002, after a long illness. He was 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In prose as streamlined and sturdy as the beaver itself, Rounds (Cowboys; Once We Had a Horse) describes the habitat and habits of that furry pond-dweller. Readers learn a bit about how and why dams are made, how the beaver eats bark by holding a branch in his paws and gnawing it "like a man eating corn off the cob," etc. Color illustrations, paired with black-and-white sketches, rely on playful draftsmanship for a sense of movement and flow; the color has a textured effect, as if rendered in crayons or pastels, and is bounded by heavy outlines. In an afterword, Rounds punctures some common myths about beavers--notably that, contrary to the term "working like beavers," these critters rarely "hustle," but rather bite off just a little at a time, as it were, leaving plenty of room for naps and noshing. Amiable and low-key, this picture book serves as a useful introduction to the subject. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Straightforward, easy-to-read prose describes the animal's behavior-such as tree cutting, bark eating, and dam building-all in large, clear print and accompanied by freewheeling, flat, cartoon drawings. The figures are outlined in bold black lines and minimal, pebbly textured colors fill in the forms. Despite their simplicity, the full-page illustrations have life, character, and charm. Each text page also has a black-and-white vignette of a beaver. Although neither the animals nor the settings are intricately detailed, Rounds captures the essence of beaverness, and his writing is accurate and brisk. Two pages of beaver facts and fictions are appended. A swimmingly successful introduction to this industrious creature.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.