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Five Busy Beavers

Five Busy Beavers

by Stella Partheniou Grasso, illustrated by Christine Battuz

ISBN 9781443133869 Paperback
32 Pages | 9.04" x 9.03" | Ages 3 to 8
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Join five little beavers and their playful friends in this countdown to fun!

Five busy beavers building up a dam,

closing up the river where the salmon swam.

Gnawing down trees and ferrying the logs.

Slapping on the mud that they gathered from the bog.

Along came a muskrat who wanted to play,

and one little beaver swam away.

A catchy rhyme counts down from five until there is only one hardworking beaver left. The others disappeared one by one, called away to play by their animal friends —a muskrat, a heron, a frog and a turtle. When the fifth tired beaver finally heads back to the lodge he finds a big surprise!

The bouncy story is rounded out with a facts page at the back, along with information about each animal featured in the book.

Sample spread

Praise for Over at the Rink:

“Kids don’t have to be hockey fans to enjoy the bouncing rhythm of this counting book (though it will be a bonus if they are). [A] fun primer on numbers, hockey and playing fair.” —Quill & Quire

“The rhythm of the text is natural and bouncy, the lines easy to read and the words demanding to be read aloud.” —Resource Links


  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2016
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2016

Rights Sold

  • English (US) - Sky Pony Press
  • French (N.Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • A cute spin on a familiar refrain
  • Lots of cute animals for kids to learn about
  • Multiple counting opportunities in the art


Also by
Stella Partheniou Grasso

  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck
  • Over at the Rink

Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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