Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland- ESSENTIAL

Oldland, Nicholas. The Busy Beaver, 32 pgs.  Kids Can Press, 2011.  $16.95. 

Inside cover: “There once was a beaver who was so busy that he didn’t always think things through.  After finding himself on the wrong side of a falling tree one day, the beaver begins to see the error of his careless ways.  He’s eager to set things right, but will his friends and neighbors believe he’s truly a changed beaver?  Starring a charming cast of characters, Nicholas Oldland’s light-hearted contemporary fable highlights the importance of taking care with others and the world around us.”

We can’t wait to purchase more of Oldland’s picture books.  The illustrations are simple, but incredible.  We loved the limited paint colors, and the bright bold red used sparingly in some pages.  The story is simple, but carries a powerful message for all. This could be used in a unit about friendship, feelings, and emotions.  It would definitely be used as a springboard for discussion on forgiveness, changes, and interacting with the people in our lives. 

Pre-K.  EL (K-3).  ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer: SL. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I've bought this book from here: for my son and he was very happy for it... it was a part of his birthday presents.
I've read it to him and he liked it quite a lot... he put me to read it to him every night... which is great!
I'm glad that I did a little surprise and that I've find it without paying something extra.