Beavers' Busy Year, The

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Beavers' Busy Year, The
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.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 6-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 35-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. The Beavers’ Busy Year is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Mary Holland
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: 940, AR: P-4.4, F&P: O
Hardcover 9781628552041 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628552133 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628552225 $11.95  
EBook 9781628552492 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628552584 Purchase Here
Keywords:   physical adaptation, life cycles, beavers, adaptations, seasons, change habitat, keystone species
Animals in the book:   beavers
Vetters:   Thanks to Amy Yeakel, Education Program Director, and Dave Erler, Senior Naturalist, at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for verifying the information in this book.


Busy Year gives a description of beaver activities through the seasons. It has a lot of full-color photographic close-ups of beaver life, perfect for browsing. - School Library Journal

The text is rich in facts and is perfectly complemented with full-page color photographs of beavers on the move. - Booklist

It is a wonderful nonfiction book to add to any children's science library about beavers, nature's engineers. - Science Books & Films

Author/Illustrator Info:

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 children's books with Arbordale include Animal Tracks and Traces, Animal Homes, Otis the Owl, Ferdinand Fox's First Summer (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book and Moonbeam Children's Book Award), The Beavers' Busy Year, Yodel the Yearling, Animal Skins, Animal Ears, Animal Tails, Animal Noses, Animal Eyes, Animal Legs, and Animal Mouths (NSTA / CBC Most Outstanding Science Trade Book). 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. Naturally Curious Day by Day was published in 2016. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Greta. Visit Mary's blog at Naturally Curious with Mary Holland.


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