Non-Fiction Picture Book: The Beaver’s Busy Year by Mary Holland


The Beaver’s Busy Year by Mary Holland

Age Range: 4 and up

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing (March 1, 2014)

Genre: Non-fiction/picture book

Source: Publisher for review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and
award-winning author with a life-long passion for natural history. After
graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural
Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson
Highlands in New York state, directed the state-wide Environmental
Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural
Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon
Society, and designed and presented her own Knee-High Nature Programs
for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New
Hampshire. Her other children’s books include Ferdinand Fox’s First
Summer with Sylvan Dell and Milkweed Visitors, (Science Books and Films
list for the best books of 2006 in the category Children s Books under
Zoological Sciences). Mary’s book Naturally Curious: a Photographic
Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and
Marshes of New England won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the
Nature Guidebook category. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Emma.

My Thoughts:

This book gives children an inside look at a beaver’s life. Have you ever
wondered what’s inside a beaver dam? What do beavers eat all winter? How
many babies they have in a litter? This educational book answers
these questions and more. It is informative and interesting, yet short
enough for even young preschoolers to enjoy. The photography is
beautiful and adds to the visual interest of the book.  There are a couple pages of good information and beaver facts at the end of the book for kids that want to know more.

Verdict: Really good non-fiction for kids!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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