Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

67) Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper

on March 26, 2012

Cooper, Elisha. Beaver is Lost. Random House, 2010. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-375-85765-2.

In this almost-wordless picture book “Beaver is lost”. At one moment,  Beaver is sitting on a floating wood-log, in the next moment, Beaver is picked up by a huge truck, separating him from his home.  Beaver is lost in the city. In trying to find his way back home, Beaver is chased by a German Shepard dog, swims in a backyard pool, enters a zoo, meets other beavers in the zoo, escapes into a lake, exits through a water tunnel,  runs through a crowd of people, follows a mouse downstairs, and swims into the river to return “Home”. With watercolor and pencil, Cooper defines small details in the city and the beaver’s characteristics, and a comic-strip format breaks the story up into action paced scenes. Young children do not need words to enjoy this picture book, the scenes are kept simple so they can follow Beaver’s journey through the city and back home. A great read for narrative development. Children can explain in their own words what happened to Beaver.  (Picture book 3-6). Author-illustrator website can be found at http://elishacooper.com/.


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