Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Skydiving Beavers by Susan Wood- ADVISABLE

Wood, Susan. The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale, PICTURE BOOK. Sleeping Bear Press, 2017. $16.99.  

After human populations increased in the McCall Idaho area, beavers and people were at odds. People took over the habitat of beavers and beavers created flooding and chewed on area trees. One man, Elmo Heter, came up with the idea to relocate the beavers by parachute to a new location to improve the area for people and keep the beavers safe.

This is a historical picture book that describes how the beavers were relocated. It tells, in story format, why the desire for the beavers to be moved arose, who spearheaded and carried out the plans for relocation, and the results. It is a very novel historical event and one that young readers will definitely find interesting. The story lags just a little during some of the procedural methods Heter uses to finalize his arrangements, but is unique enough to keep the attention of readers. There is an author’s note comparing what was done with the beavers then compared to what they would do now, with a list of beaver facts.  

EL (K-3), EL- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Shay, School Librarian

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