In case you don’t know
How clever beavers can be
You need to read Phil’s book
‘Bout beavers on the sea.
Forty-seven to be exact
Run away from Trapper Stu
The problems they encounter:
Sharks and storms on the Big Big Blue. . .
The 47 beavers quickly learn they need to work together or they’ll never survive. When a shark wants them for dinner, they think fast:
The illustrations remind me of a cartoon, Dexter, my children watched in the early nineties. Chapman’s bright colors and simple geometrical shapes capture the action in a distilled manner. Children will howl when seeing a multitude of beaver tails propelling the boat to shore!
Readers might want to practice this book ahead of time if reading aloud to an audience. Some of the phrasing is a bit cumbersome, and a few words like “pedicurist” probably won’t be recognized by small children. Even still, the message of Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 rings strong throughout this fable: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other."
I’d say that’s a great message for families today, even if it does come from beavers! – Carol Stratton, Christian Book Previews.com
Told in verse, this light-hearted tale will tickle the funny bone of kids and adults alike as they follow the adventures of 47 beavers stranded in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a (NRSV)
Join the beavers as they learn that 47 are even better than two and things go best when they all work together.