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Paddy Has Many Visitors
Paddy the Beaver knew perfectly well that he would have visitors just as soon as he began to build his dam. He expected a lot of them. You see, he knew that none of them had ever seen a Beaver at work who had come down from the North. So as he worked he kept his ears open and he smiled to himself as he heard a little rustle here and then a little rustle there. He knew just what those little rustles meant. Each rustle meant another visitor and yet not one had shown himself.
Paddy chuckled and said in a loud voice, just as if he were talking to nobody in particular, “Seems to me that you are dreadfully afraid to show yourselves”. Everything was still. There wasn’t so much as a peep after Paddy spoke. He chuckled again. He could just feel ever so many eyes watching him, though he didn’t see a single pair. And he knew that the reason his visitors were hiding so carefully was because they were afraid of him. You see, Paddy was much bigger than most of the little meadow and forest people, and they didn’t know what to expect from him.
Of course, Paddy knew all about this and so he kept right on cutting trees, trimming off the branches, and hauling the trunks down to the dam he was building as the visitors continued to watch with curiosity. Some of the tree trunks Paddy floated down the Laughing Brook which was much easier than carrying them.
Now when the little folks of the Smiling Pool, who were the first to find out that Paddy the Beaver had come to the Green Forest, had started up the Laughing Brook to see what he was doing, they had told the Merry Little Breezes where they were going. The Merry Little Breezes had been greatly excited. They couldn’t understand how a stranger could have been living in the Green Forest without their knowledge. You see, they quite forgot that they very seldom wandered to the deepest part of the Green Forest. Of course they started at once as fast as they could go to tell all the other little folks who live on or around the Green Meadows, all except Old Man Coyote. For some reason they thought it best not to tell him as they were a little doubtful about Old Man Coyote. He was so big and strong and so sly and smart that all his neighbors were afraid of him. Perhaps the Merry Little Breezes had this fact in mind and knew that none would dare go to call on the stranger if they knew that Old Man Coyote was going to visit too. Anyway, they simply passed the time of day with Old Man Coyote and hurried on to tell everyone else, and the very last one they met was Sammy Jay.
Sammy was surprised that anything should be going on that he didn’t know about first. He started after the Merry Little Breezes for the place deep in the Green Forest where they said Paddy the Beaver was at work as he wanted to see for himself.
Continue Paddy’s story adventure at:
BEAVER Video #5
BEAVER Video #6
Here are 3 new trees Paddy gnawed off and visit the videos to help count the grand total . . . so far!
Collection of local BEAVER videos #1-44 on PINTEREST
From January 2019 to March 2020 signs of beaver activity near my home in the hilltowns of Massachusetts were P.L.A.Y.-fully captured in photos and videos to share these wonder and awe filled adventures with you.
More great beaver reads found at your local library!
Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam
by Sandra Markle and Illustrations by Deborah Hocking
This is an enjoyable story told through the eyes and experience of a new beaver kit as they help their parents maintain one of the longest beaver dams. Super sweet illustrations accompany this adorable and true to life story of how beaver family’s spend their days.
Poppy & Rye
Just for fun try this twist on a beaver tale in this fictional chapter story book with two beloved mouse characters, Poppy & Rye, from the Dimwood Forest Chronicles, who encounter a family of beavers led by Mr. Caster B. Canad, and all the challenges they encounter trying to share the brook and forest.