Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Beaver Is Lost

Beaver Is Lost

Elisha Cooper
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Random House, 2010   ISBN: 978-0375857652

One day Beaver gets onto a log that is traveling down the river. Instead of getting off and going back to his family, Beaver stays put. Beaver even stays where he is when the log he is riding on is picked up by a big machine and is transported to the city on a truck.

In the city, the truck takes the logs to a lumberyard and this is where Beaver finally makes a run for it. A dog sees him, and Beaver just manages to escape by slipping through a hole in a fence. He enters a yard on the other side of the fence, swims across a swimming pool, and he walks through a house.

Across the street from the house, there is a zoo, and here Beaver sees another beaver in a glass tank. He is pursued by a zookeeper and a little girl, and has to take refuge in a little lake. People in swan boats float up and down, and it is a nice place, but Beaver is determined to get home.

In this almost wordless picture book (there are six words in the book) Elisha Cooper takes his readers on an amazing adventure with a beaver who is inadvertently carried far away from his lodge home. Little children will enjoy seeing how the beaver uses pools, ponds, streams, and other bodies of water to get back to where he belongs.