At a Glance:
A beautiful, lovely, and conflict-free picture book. Everyone is nice to each other, everyone works together, and there’s a sweet ending to it. This book only promotes good things.
My son loves this book! It’s calming, interesting, humorous, and did I mention that everyone is nice to each other? They are. It’s so good.
Animals have genders in this book, but none of the genders are stereotyped. That’s nice, too. The illustrations are stunning and each page is a work of art. Each illustration is done in pastel, pencil, and wash. It gives the story a very romantic and bygone-era/fairy tale feel to it.
You can read this book to most anyone at anytime and anywhere and it will be an appropriate and enjoyable book. It’s a treasure.
One day two little pigs go out into the woods for a walk.
When they return they find that other animals (a bear and a moose) have moved into their respective homes. Unfortunately, the larger animals have accidentally wrecked their homes.
The moose, bear, and two pigs decide that they should build a big house and live together.
They call the beavers and together start working on the house. When the house is finished, moose, bear, and the two pigs pay the beavers in peanut butter sandwiches (which is the way beavers prefer to be paid for their labor).
Moose, bear, and the two pigs return to their beautiful new home. They eat supper, wash dishes, tell stories around the fire, and go to bed.
Good night, Bear.
Good night, Moose.
Goodnight, Little Pigs.
Sweet dreams, everyone!
Our Experience Reading this Book:
Reading this book is like taking a deep breath of fresh air out in the middle of a beautiful forest. It’s relaxing and sweet, but never boring.
My son loves that the animals build a house together. He thinks construction of all kinds is the most fascinating thing ever and he also loves animals and fairy tales. This book combines all of his favorite things into one well-told story.
We’ve never read this book just once. Each time we read it, we reread it two or three more times.
The illustrations of the animals building a house are quite detailed and regularly inspire my son to ask questions. We’ve had great discussions about scaffolding, pulleys, and concrete mixers while reading this book.
- Inga Moore doesn’t have a website.
- http://pinterest.com/austenpal/need-more-inga-moore/ is a board dedicated to her work.
- Goodreads has a list of books she has written and illustrated: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/279134.Inga_Moore
- How House Construction Works: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/house.htm (Interesting article on how to build a house.)
- http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/animals-pets-kids/mammals-kids/beaver-kids/ (Video of Beavers building a dam)
- Another great picture book: How a House Is Built by Gail Gibbons is excellent.
- Great article on why beavers build dams: http://animal.discovery.com/mammals/beaver-dam.htm
Some of My Favorite Reviews of this Book:
- http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2262 (with some beautiful images from the book)