Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Author Discovered

The Busy Beaver Big Bear Hug


I'm always watching for good picture books, but usually disappointed by what I find. Last month,while on vacation in Canada, I discovered a wonderful author: Nicholas Oldland.  As with most authors, I like some of his books better than others, but these are sure to make you and your child smile.

The Busy Beaver: The busy but careless beaver spends his days following his impulses and leaving behind a forest filled with stumps, half-nibbled trees and injured, homeless animals. However, one day the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. He decides to make some changes. Soon, the now wiser and gentler beaver is getting down to the business of making things right, much to the delight of his forest friends.

The Big Bear Hug: This is the story of a friendly bear who hugs everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. One day, the bear meets up with a human. The human raises his axe and begins to cut down a tree. Suddenly the bear doesn't feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop this destruction in his forest.