By Douglas Florian
Poetry Extension: Read the poem to your class, 4th grade works
well but children first through middle school will be fascinated by the abilities and the intelligence of the beaver.
Discuss the activities featured in the poem. Experiment with the children writing their own animal poems.
Take the children on a field trip to an active beaver pond and dam. If this isn't possible, many museums
have models made up of beaver dams. This is a wonderful way for children to respond simultaneously to both the magic of the
poem and the actual animal.
Florian, Douglas. 2000. Mammalabilia. Ill. by Douglas Florian.
San Diego, CA: Harcourt. ISBN 0152021671