HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Beavers Beware!
Author: Barbara Brenner
Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: Bank Street, 1992
ISBN-13: 978-0553074987 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0553074989 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0553353860 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0553353861 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brenner, Barbara. Beavers Beware! (published in 1992 by Bank Street, an imprint of Bantam Books for Young Readers). A girl and her parents notice peeled, pointed sticks on the family’s diving dock near their wilderness home. The mystery is soon solved when the find that beavers have started building their lodge on this unusual foundation, undeterred by the nearby humans. Mom complains about the many trees that the beavers are cutting. No one likes the mess they’ve made and their strong smell. There’s even talk of calling the game warden to move the unwelcome tenants. Can the family get their dock back?
When our older son Mark was studying homeschool science in second grade, the beaver was one of the featured animals, so we checked this Bank Street Level 2 easy reader out of the library for him to have some extra reading practice and learn more about beavers. Youngsters will be able to see beavers at work in this “fact-based” confrontation with nature. Author Barbara Brenner’s intriguing story is inspired by actual events. Emily Arnold McCully’s beautiful artwork consists of appealing pen-and-watercolor illustrations. Beavers are fascinating creatures about which most children enjoy learning, and Beavers Beware! is an informative and thought-provoking depiction of them.