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The Resource Build, beaver, build : life at the longest beaver dam, Sandra Markle ; illustrations by Deborah Hocking

Build, beaver, build : life at the longest beaver dam, Sandra Markle ; illustrations by Deborah Hocking

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Build, beaver, build : life at the longest beaver dam
Title
Build, beaver, build
Title remainder
life at the longest beaver dam
Statement of responsibility
Sandra Markle ; illustrations by Deborah Hocking
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Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Follows a year in the life of a young male beaver as he swims, plays, helps his family build and repair their dam and lodge, and learns how to flap his tail to ward off predators
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Review
  • Grades K-3 One June night, a “softball-sized” beaver kit is swimming across the pond to his mother when an owl swoops down toward him. The three-week-old kit dives, paddling underwater into the entrance tunnel to his family’s lodge. As he and his sisters grow up, they learn to gather sticks, repair the lodge and dam, defend themselves against predators, and add to the family’s winter food supply, stored near the lodge entrances. The following spring, they become “babysitters in training” as well as dam builders, preparing them to raise their own families someday. A nip from a Canada goose and a narrow escape from a coyote add additional drama to the young beaver’s story, but the information in Markle’s simply written text is pretty engaging in itself. Nicely composed, the lively illustrations include many night scenes. One very effective picture shows a cross-section of the beaver lodge, its upper part covered with snow and its lower part submerged in water, with the kit emerging from the tunnel into the pond. A satisfying picture book for junior naturalists. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 2/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 12)
  • 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.—Jennifer Wolf, Beaverton City Library, OR --Jennifer Wolf (Reviewed 02/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 2, p115)
  • A young beaver kit grows up in a world in which beavers have lived for generations. Markle introduces her subject when he's only 3 weeks old, "softball-sized." She follows his growth using like familiar comparisons and documents his changing activities as he begins to imitate his parents, to feed himself, and to contribute to the continued building of the dam and providing for the next generation. She smoothly weaves in details of beaver life: their dams and lodges, their food, their enemies, and their activities as the seasons change. This experienced and award-winning author's engaging and informative text is not well-served by its packaging. The tantalizing subtitle is misleading, and the illustrations' stylized wetlands and forests would be more appropriate background for an animated film than an informational picture book. The long beaver dam that is their home is identified only in a short author's note in the backmatter; Markle doesn't use the superlative "longest." The green of Canada's north woods is deep and dark, but these illustrations tend toward the cyan. The text is usually set in white on the dark images, appropriate for the nocturnal animal. Shelves that already include Glen Rounds' classic Beaver (1999) and Jim Arnosky's Beaver Pond, Moose Pond (2000) probably don't need this, but it would complement other books about animal life cycles and includes helpful further research suggestions. Disappointing. (Informational picture book. 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2016)
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10473192
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DLC
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Markle, Sandra
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD660L
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Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 0
  • 3
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.1
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Hocking, Deborah
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True
Series statement
Millbrook picture books
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Beavers
  • Beavers
  • Beavers
Target audience
primary
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life at the longest beaver dam
Label
Build, beaver, build : life at the longest beaver dam, Sandra Markle ; illustrations by Deborah Hocking
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1524315
Dimensions
21 x 26 cm.
Extent
36 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781467749008
Lccn
2015001009
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781467749008
  • (OCoLC)904335685
Label
Build, beaver, build : life at the longest beaver dam, Sandra Markle ; illustrations by Deborah Hocking
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1524315
Dimensions
21 x 26 cm.
Extent
36 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781467749008
Lccn
2015001009
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781467749008
  • (OCoLC)904335685

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