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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.
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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:
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tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
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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!
Video 32 <HERE>
Timberrrrrrr! Paddy the Beaver’s work includes a tricky balancing act!
Collection of all BEAVER videos #1-44 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.