Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 18 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


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CHAPTER 18

Old Man Coyote Waits a Long Time


Old Man Coyote lay stretched out in his favorite napping place on the Green Meadows. He was thinking of how just that morning he had discovered that Paddy the Beaver was living up in the Green Forest. Old Man Coyote’s thoughts seemed very pleasant to himself, although really they were very dreadful thoughts. You see, he was thinking how easy it was going to be to catch Paddy the Beaver, and what a splendid meal he would make. This thought made him lick his chops.

“He doesn’t know I know he’s here,” thought Old Man Coyote. “In fact, I don’t believe he even knows that I am anywhere around. Of course, he won’t be watching for me. He cuts his trees at night, so all I will have to do is hide right close by where he is at work, and he’ll walk right into my mouth. Sammy Jay knows I was up there this morning, however Sammy sleeps at night so he will not sound the alarm. My, my, how good that Beaver will taste!” He licked his chops once more, then yawned, and closed his eyes for a nap.

Old Man Coyote waited until jolly, round, red Mr. Sun had gone to bed behind the Purple Hills and the Black Shadows had crept out across the Green Meadows. Then, keeping in the darkest of them, and looking very much like a shadow himself, he slipped into the Green Forest. He made straight for Paddy’s new pond, trotting along swiftly without making a sound. When he was near the aspen trees which he knew Paddy was planning to cut, he crept forward very slowly and carefully. Everything was still as still could be.

“Good!” thought Old Man Coyote. “I am here first, and now all I need to do is to hide and wait for Paddy to come ashore.”

So he stretched himself flat behind some brush close beside the little path Paddy had made up from the edge of the water and waited. It was very still, so still that it seemed almost as if he could hear his heart beat. He could see the little stars twinkling in the sky and their own reflections twinkling back at them from the water of Paddy’s pond. Old Man Coyote waited and waited. He is very patient when there is something to gain by it. For such a splendid dinner as Paddy the Beaver would make he felt that he could well afford to be patient. So he waited and waited, and everything was as still as if no living thing but the trees were there. Even the trees seemed to be asleep.

At last, after a long, long time, he heard just the faintest splash. He pricked up his ears and peeped out on the pond with the hungriest look in his yellow eyes. There was a little line of silver coming straight towards him. He knew that it was made by Paddy the Beaver swimming. Nearer and nearer it drew. Old Man Coyote chuckled way down deep inside, without making a sound. He could see Paddy’s head now, and Paddy was coming straight in, as if he hadn’t a fear in the world.

Almost to the edge of the pond swam Paddy. Then he stopped. In a few minutes he began to swim again, and this time it was back in the direction of his house, and he seemed to be carrying something. It was one of the little food logs he had cut that day, and he was taking it out to his storehouse. Then back he came for another. And so he kept on, never once coming ashore. Old Man Coyote waited until Paddy had carried the last log to his storehouse and then, with a loud whack on the water with his broad tail, he dove and disappeared in his house.

Then Old Man Coyote rose up, deeply disappointed, and started out to look elsewhere for his dinner.


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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

❤ ❤ ❤

This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more

❤ ❤ ❤


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 33 <HERE>

 Timberrrrrrr Take 2!

Paddy the Beaver has managed to balance his work beyond belief leaving just a few bites undone!

It was so tempting to walk over and just push this tree over, however I left it to unfold naturally with Paddy and Mother Nature writing the story.

 


Video 34 <HERE>

Here is more of this magic act seen a few days later from every angle.

The tree is only resting on a few thin branches up above and really just needs one good push from Old Mother West Wind.

Stay Tuned!


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Fall #71 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Radiant + Rambling + Rushing “

Bonus Color Challenge Shiny Metallic Blue 

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 17 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


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CHAPTER 17

Old Man Coyote is Very Crafty


Old Man Coyote has one of the craftiest brains of all the little people of the Green Forest or the Green Meadows. Sharp as the wits are of old Granny Fox, Old Man Coyote is sharper. If you want to fool him, you will have to get up very early in the morning, and then it is more than likely that you will be the one fooled, not he. There is very little going on around him that he doesn’t know about. Once in a while something does escape him though. The coming of Paddy the Beaver to the Green Forest was one of these things. He didn’t know a thing about Paddy until Paddy had finished building his dam and his house and was cutting his supply of food for the winter.

You see when the Merry Little Breezes of Old Mother West Wind first heard what was going on in the Green Forest and hurried around over the Green Meadows and through the Green Forest to spread the news, as is their way, they took the greatest pains not to even hint it to Old Man Coyote because they were afraid that he would make trouble and perhaps drive Paddy away. The place that Paddy had chosen to build his dam was so deep in the Green Forest that Old Man Coyote seldom went that way. So it was that he knew nothing about Paddy, and Paddy knew nothing about him for some time.

After a while Old Man Coyote noticed that the little people of the Green Meadows were not about as much as usual. They seemed to have a secret of some kind. He mentioned the matter to his friend, Digger the Badger.

Digger had been so intent on his own work that he hadn’t noticed anything unusual, except when Old Man Coyote mentioned the matter he remembered that he had seen Sammy Jay in a great hurry heading straight for the Green Forest every morning.

“That’s all I need to know, friend Digger,” Old Man Coyote said with a grin. “When Sammy Jay visits a place more than once, something interesting is going on there. I think I’ll take a stroll up through the Green Forest and have a look around.”

With that, off Old Man Coyote started. However, he was too sly and crafty to go straight to the Green Forest. He pretended to hunt around over the Green Meadows just as he usually did, all the time working nearer and nearer to the Green Forest. When he reached the edge of it, he slipped in among the trees, and when he felt sure that no one was likely to see him, he began to run this way and that way with his nose to the ground.

“A-ha!” he exclaimed, “Reddy Fox has been this way lately.”

Pretty soon he found another trail. “So,” he said, “Peter Rabbit has been over here a good deal of late, and his trail goes in the same direction as that of Reddy Fox. I guess all I have to do now is to follow Peter’s trail, and it will lead me to what I want to find out.”

So Old Man Coyote followed Peter’s trail, and he came directly to the pond of Paddy the Beaver. “A-ha!” he said, as he looked out and saw Paddy’s new house. “So there is a newcomer to the Green Forest! I have always heard that Beaver is very good eating. My stomach begins to feel empty this very minute.” His mouth began to water and a hungry look shone in his yellow eyes.

It was just then that Sammy Jay saw him and began to sound the alarm at the top of his lungs so that Paddy the Beaver over in his house heard him. Old Man Coyote knew that it was of no use to stay longer with Sammy Jay about, so he took a hasty look at the pond and found where Paddy came ashore to cut his food. Then he started straight back for the Green Meadows. “I’ll just pay a visit here in the night,” he said, “and give Mr. Beaver a surprise while he is at work.”

And yet for all his cleverness, Old Man Coyote didn’t even notice that he had left a footprint in the mud.


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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

❤ ❤ ❤

This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more

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P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


I SAW PADDY THE BEAVER!

Oh my goodness! Today was the day! In the midst of a grey sloppy walk I saw Paddy the Beaver and boy was he CUTE!

He was working just below the dam and sat about 20 inches tall with his good size tail as his prop. He looked to be a 2-3 year old juvenile at about 40lbs tops all sopping wet.

He was 6 ft away from me down in the beaver canal and immediately jumped from below the dam up and over the layered logs and dove directly into the water swimming diagonally straight to the entrance of what I can now confirm is his lodge.

It all happened so fast (therefore no photos) and yet it was a spectacular site none-the-less!

I called out to him as I left letting him know I was so glad to finally meet him, even if briefly!

Yay, Paddy!


Video 32 <HERE>

 Timberrrrrrr! Paddy the Beaver’s work includes a tricky balancing act!


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From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


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Fall #70 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for. . .

” Ruffled + Rippled + Raised “

Bonus Brown 

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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SKYscape Simplicity #59: A Meditative Moment


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Look skyward

< Breathe In >

< Breathe Out >

Take a moment to watch the misty cloud veil roll in front of the mountain and soak up the beauty of nature that is always there for you.

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Wishing you much peace & prosperity throughout your P.L.A.Y. days.


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peace: inner calm

prosperity: good fortune & well-being

Fall #67 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Squiggles + Swirls + Serrated “

Bonus Green + Grey

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 16 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


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CHAPTER 16

Sammy Jay Makes a Short Visit


Paddy the Beaver was hard at work. He had just cut down a good sized aspen tree and now he was gnawing it into short lengths to put in his food pile in the pond. As he worked, Paddy was doing a lot of thinking about the footprint of Old Man Coyote in the little patch of mud, for he knew that meant that Old Man Coyote had discovered his pond, and would be hanging around, hoping to catch Paddy off his guard. Paddy knew it just as well as if Old Man Coyote had told him so. That was why he was at work cutting his food supply in the daytime. Usually he works at night and he knew that Old Man Coyote knew it too.

“He’ll try to catch me then,” thought Paddy, “so I’ll do my working on land now and fool him.”

The tree he was cutting began to sway and crack. Paddy cut out one more big chip then hurried away to a safe place while the tree fell with a crash.

“Jaay-Jaay!” called a voice just behind Paddy.

“Hello, Sammy Jay!” said Paddy with a twinkle in his eye, “do you want to sit up in this tree while I cut it down?”

“No, I’d rather not,” said Sammy Jay, “I was just checking on you as I saw you had an unannounced visitor this morning.”

“And who would that be?” asked Paddy, pretending to be a bit alarmed.

Sammy didn’t get a chance to respond. Crack! Over fell the tree Paddy had been cutting and the top of it fell straight into the alder in which Sammy was sitting. “Oh! Oh, my goodness!” Sammy cried, spreading his wings and flying away all flustered.

Paddy sat down and laughed until his sides ached. “Come make me another call some day and stay awhile Sammy!” he said. “And by the way, I know all about Old Man Coyote. You can tell him for me that when he is planning to catch people he should be careful not to leave footprints to give himself away.”


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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

❤ ❤ ❤

This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more

❤ ❤ ❤


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 31 <HERE>

Curious if a beaver lodge has emerged along the beaver canal as a 3ft tall stick and mud pile now sits above the water line.

Melting ice in the beaver canal due to warm days with over 33 trees down to date and some floating pieces in the water. Paddy’s still busy!


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From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


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Fall #53 – Nature Alliteration Adventure


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An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Wavy + Wild + Whole “

Bonus Brown 

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My curious Capkin & I found this treasure to match the description.

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What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

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Beaver BOOK LOOK – Chapter 15 – The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated)


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CHAPTER 15

A Footprint in the Mud


Very early one morning Paddy the Beaver heard Sammy Jay making a terrible fuss over in the aspen trees on the edge of the pond Paddy had made in the Green Forest. Paddy couldn’t see because he was inside his house, and it has no window, though he could still hear the commotion. He wrinkled up his brows thoughtfully.

“Seems to me that Sammy is very much excited about something this morning,” he said, talking to himself. “When he calls in alarm like that, Sammy is usually trying to do two things at once: make trouble for somebody and keep somebody else out of trouble. Now, I should say from the sounds that Sammy has discovered Reddy Fox trying to steal up on someone over where my aspen trees are growing. Reddy is afraid of me, and yet I suspect that he knows that Peter Rabbit has been hanging around here a lot lately, watching me work, and he thinks perhaps he can catch Peter. I shall have to whisper in one of Peter’s long ears and tell him to watch out.”

After a while he heard Sammy Jay’s voice growing fainter and fainter in the Green Forest. Finally he couldn’t hear it at all. “Whoever was there has gone away, and Sammy has followed them,” thought Paddy. He was very busy making a bed. He is very particular about his bed. He makes it of fine splinters of wood which he splits off with those wonderful great cutting teeth of his. This makes the driest kind of a bed. It requires a great deal of patience and work. He kept at it for some time after all was still outside.

At last Paddy decided that he would go over to his aspen trees and look them over to decide which ones he would cut the next night. He slid down one of his long halls, out the doorway at the bottom of the pond, and then swam up to the surface, where he floated for a few minutes with just his head out of water. And all the time his eyes and nose and ears were busy looking, smelling, and listening for any sign of danger. Everything was still. Sure that he was quite safe, Paddy swam across to the place where the aspen trees grew, and waddled out on the shore.

Paddy looked this way and looked that way. He looked up in the tree tops, and he looked off up the hill, and most of all he looked and studied the ground. You see, he hadn’t forgotten the fuss Sammy Jay had been making there, and he was trying to find out what it was all about. At first he didn’t see anything unusual, and then by and by he happened to notice a little wet place, and right in the middle of it was something that made Paddy’s eyes open wide. It was a footprint! Someone had stepped in the mud.

“A-ha!” exclaimed Paddy, and the hair on his back lifted ever so little, and for a minute he had a prickly feeling all over. The footprint was very much like that of Reddy Fox, only it was larger.

“Uh-oh!” said Paddy again, “that is the footprint of Old Man Coyote! I see I have got to watch out more sharply than I had thought. All right Mr. Coyote, you will probably be back here tonight looking for me, so I think I’ll do my cutting right now in the daytime.”


Purchase your copy of this P.L.A.Y. story adventure HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.

❤ ❤ ❤

This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter

  • photos shared of real beaver activity

  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages

  • recommended resources and so much more

❤ ❤ ❤


Bonus!!! 

P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series


Video 29 <HERE>

 Old Man Coyote has been on the prowl leaving paw prints as he passes by the new and old beaver dams.

 


Video 30 <HERE>

Paddy IS a busy beaver with a trio of toppled trees and more in the works!


Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-24 on PINTEREST

From January 2019 to March 2020 Karen P.L.A.Y.fully captured signs of a beaver’s local activities at her home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts to pin and share the adventures with you on her Pinterest Beaver Board.


Purchase other P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.