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Paddy Plans a House
Paddy the Beaver sat on his dam, and his eyes shone with happiness as he looked out over the shining water of the pond he had made. All around the edge of it grew the tall trees of the Green Forest. It was very beautiful and very still. Paddy the Beaver always finds company in the trees and flowers and all the little plants.
It continued to be still, very, very still. Over on one side was a beautiful rosy glow in the water. It was the reflection from jolly, round, red Mr. Sun. Paddy couldn’t see him because of the tall trees, and yet he knew exactly what Mr. Sun was doing. He was going to bed behind the Purple Hills. Pretty soon the little stars would come out and twinkle down at him. He loved the little stars and always watched for the first one.
Yes, Paddy the Beaver was very happy. He would have been perfectly happy except for one thing: Farmer Brown’s boy had found his dam and pond that very afternoon, and Paddy wasn’t quite sure what Farmer Brown’s boy might do. He had kept himself hidden while Farmer Brown’s boy was there, and he felt quite sure that Farmer Brown’s boy didn’t know who had built the dam. And for this very reason he might, he just might, try to find out all about it, and that would mean that Paddy would have to be always on the watch.
“Ah well what’s the use of worrying over troubles that haven’t come yet, and may never come? Time enough to worry when they do come,” Paddy wisely said to himself. “The thing for me to do now is to get ready for winter, and that means a great deal of work,” he continued. “Let me see, I’ve got to build a house, a big, warm house, where I will be safe when my pond is frozen over. And I’ve got to lay in a supply of food with enough to last me until gentle Sister South Wind comes to prepare the way for lovely Mistress Spring. My, my, I can’t afford to be sitting here dreaming, when there is such a lot to be done!” And with that Paddy slipped into the water and swam all around his new pond to make sure of the best place to build his new house.
So now, although he was quite positive just where his house should be, he swam around the pond again to make doubly sure. Then, when he was quite satisfied, he swam over to the place he had chosen. It was where the water was quite deep.
“There mustn’t be the least chance that the ice will ever get thick enough to close up my doorway,” he said, “and I’m sure it never will here. I must make the foundations strong and the walls thick. I must have plenty of mud to plaster with, and inside, up above the water, I must have the snuggest, warmest room where I can sleep in comfort. This is the place to build it, and it is high time I was at work.”
With that Paddy swam over to the place where he had cut the trees for his dam, and his heart was light, for he was happy to continue his work and play by making his home.
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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.
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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
P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series
Video 17 HERE
Look closely – guess who left a winter white tail trail along the river?
Video 18 (silent) HERE
Ssssh! Let’s silently follow the tail trail through the snow and sunshine.
Video 18 (narrated version) HERE
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.