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Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Arbordale Publishing

Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 9781607185246 

Paperback: 9781607185338

EBook: 9781607185611 

Spanish Paperback: 9781628554212 

Spanish EBook: 9781628551464

"... a truly uplifting story about how everyone has a gift."
- Seattle Post Intelligencer

"This would be a wonderful addition to a unit on animal adaptations as well as one to use to remind students that we all have unique gifts." - Library Media Connection



See Arbordale's Teaching Activity Guide for Three Little Beavers

Visit illustrator Cathy Morrison's Studio With a View.

Beatrix the beaver longs to be good at something. Her brother Bevan is an expert at repairing the family lodge; her sister Beverly is a superb underwater gymnast. What makes Beatrix stand out? When she runs away from home one day, her siblings set off to find her, and all Three Little Beavers wind up trapped. It takes some simple engineering on the part of the humans, and Beatrix’s discovery of her special talents, for everyone to find a way to live in harmony.

A Creative Minds section at the back of the book provides lesson ideas for teachers, 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 enhanced 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.


"Author Jean Heilprin Diehl’s cute story, accompanied by Cathy Morrison’s lovable illustrations, will not only acquaint children with the habits of beavers but also encourage them to discover their own special talents.  Four pages of “For Creative Minds” learning activities include fun facts about beavers and their adaptations, a hands-on craft making lodges and dams, and thought questions concerning whether beavers are pests or environmental engineers.  The publisher’s website has even more free activities.  After reading Three Little Beavers, youngsters will be “as eager as a beaver” to know more about nature’s dam-builders." - Homeschoolbookreview

"Also included is a four page section titled For Creative Minds which is filled with intriguing facts about beavers, their habitat and ecological impact on the environment. This inclusion is sure to satisfy inquisitive young readers who are interested in learning more about beavers." - Portland Book Review

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