There’s a newcomer in the Green Forest! Jerry Muskrat’s cousin, Paddy the Beaver, has moved down from the North and is setting up camp – or rather, a dam – in the middle of Laughing Brook. He says that once he builds his dam and stops up his pool the river will continue to flow normally, but the other animals aren’t so sure. They’re nervous that once he stops the flow it will never start back up again…
Is Laughing Brook gone forever? Or does Paddy the Beaver know what he’s doing?
Thornton W. Burgess’s stories always teach really sweet character / relationship lessons, but Paddy the Beaver went a step further. It also included several nature lessons – how beavers build their dams and why trees need their bark to survive.
Anyway, here are a few of the morals.
“A great many people waste time and labor doing things the wrong way, so that they have to be done over again. They forget to be sure that they are right, and so they go ahead until they find they are wrong, and all their work goes for nothing.” [pg. 3]
“When Paddy begins to work, he sticks to it until it is finished. He says that is the only way to succeed, and you know and I know that he is right.” [pg. 2]
I loved this sweet verse included at the beginning of one of the chapters.
“If you think you know it all
You are riding for a fall.
Use your ears and use your eyes,
But hold your tongue and you’ll be wise.” [pg. 36]
“Paddy had long ago learned that the surest way to be happy is to be busy.” [pg. 28]
Conclusion. Excellent. A sweet story that also teaches character lessons.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret