I’m really looking forward to the August publication of my new nonfiction picture book, “At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species.”  I’ve always been fascinated by these industrious natural architects.  I really began to understand just how crucial beavers are while working on my book “When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone.” Beavers are called a keystone species because they are crucial in creating an environment that provides homes for thousands of species of living things, an environment that retains water both at surface level and below, evening out the landscape to soften the changes through the season.

The book has already gotten the attention of reviewers. Here are a few quotes:

Kirkus says: The well-written, economic text, presented on the recto of double-page spreads, is handsomely supported by excellent, high-quality color photos on facing pages.

Midwest Book Review says: Captivating, full-color photography of wildlife in its natural havitat distinguishes thie treasure for school and public library bicurebook collections.

Booklist gives our book a star: An enlightening companion book to Madeline Dunphy’s  At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species (2010) and an informative addition to library collections.

Here’s a link to the complete texts of reviews.

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