Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Welcome Home, Beaver!

Weightman, Magnus (Author/Illustrator)
Clavis 2017. 36 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781605373577 (hardcover)
Original language: Dutch
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this fast-paced rhyming story, an adventurous beaver gets lost. Akita the dog swoops down in his hot-air balloon and takes Beaver on a whirlwind tour around the world in search of his home.

“Beaver is that your house hidden in the snow down there?”/“No, Akita, this is the home of the seal and the polar bear.” The accompanying illustration shows the balloon hovering over a scene in which walruses are having a barbecue on the ice and a polar bear is fishing. A cross-section reveals a seal family reading bedtime stories and a polar bear family fast asleep.

The cozy homes of foxes, bees, storks, termites, weaverbirds, hermit crabs, prairie dogs and more are colourful and busy, often featuring a cross-section. Anthropomorphized animals have furniture, sophisticated clothing and decorated homes. An underwater scene shows well-dressed fish lounging around a table of cocktails, while crabs and fish play chess.

The short text, two sentences per page, serves to introduce each new species: “Beaver, do you live in a town underground?”/“Not me, Akita—this is where the prairie dogs are found.”

Finally they find “a house made of wood.” The final scene shows beaver and Akita at the dinner table with Beaver’s family and friends, while Beaver relays his “world of adventures.”

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    What makes for a great home? Discuss your realistic and unrealistic ideas about the ideal home.

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    List the characteristics of the various animal homes. What do they have in common? How are they different? Write about your conclusions.

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    Consider the various animal homes and choose one that you would like to live in. Write a list of reasons why your choice would make for a good home.

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    Choose one of the habitats that interests you and do some research on a safe, student-friendly site. Decide on a creative way to display what you have learned.

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    Brainstorm the elements of a home. Discuss ways to sort them.

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    On a picture walk, discuss where in the world the balloon lifts and lands. Describe the different animal homes, their characteristics and their contents.

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    Which home would you prefer to live in? Write to explain why it would make a good home for you.

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    Use a student-friendly site or non-fiction animal books to research the names of animals' males, females, offspring and homes. Create an informational poster or slide show about one animal’s home.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Science and Technology