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47 Beavers on the Big, Blue Sea

Written by Phil Vischer - Illustrated by Jared Chapman

May 16th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Deep in the northwest territ’ry,

Where the woods look down on the western

sea

And the trappers trap so merrily

For the streams are oh so beavery-y . . .

This giggle-inducing stanza starts off a story that is sure to have both parents and kids laughing with delight, as 47 beavers outwit egotistical trapper Stu and, working together, make a hilarious (and ultimately successful!) break for freedom.

Jared Chapman’s striking illustrations are of a squared-off, exaggerated style that will be familiar to many children from modern cartoons, and bear the humour of the book right through into the pictures.

Phil Vischer’s rhyme scheme can be a little bit complicated, but its cadences are reliably regular once you get into the swing of things, and the language of the story—words like “debated,” “developed,” and “scheming”—is fantastic.

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