Clark the Mountain Beaver is a shy secretive critter that lives alone in his burrows. On the rare occasion when he does venture out into the world, he is always being confused with the more popular American Beaver. It’s a little frustrating for him because other critters never seem to know who he is or that he even exists. One day, Clark decides to go on a big adventure to meet the critters that live around him. Clark’s big adventure leads to him making new friends and discovering some amazing things about not only himself but the wondrous world around him.
Inspired by a mountain beaver that lives in the author's yard!
Suitable for ages 5 and up. Reading Level 3rd & 4th Grade. Lexile Measurement 720L.
Karen B. Shea was raised in Illinois in a rural area west of Chicago. With its open prairies and muddy marshes, the natural world awakened her spirit and piqued her curiosity. It was here she found freedom and adventure in exploring the world around her.
As she grew older, Karen spent many summers at her family’s cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where her love for nature continued to grow. With its majestic mountains, wild rivers and abundant wildlife, Karen became even more committed and focused on protecting the natural world around her. Part of that commitment is reflected through her desire to teach children about the natural world through her books.
Today, Karen lives in beautiful Washington State just outside Seattle with her family and an assortment of wild critters that frequent her yard. Nature and all its wonders continue to inspire and teach Karen as she moves along her own adventurous path!
This is a positive story that will take your child side-by-side with Clark the Mountain Beaver as he learns about friendship, trust and understanding that it is okay to be just who you are. Children will also learn fun facts about the new friends Clark meets along his adventure and a surprising history lesson is also in store!