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Brownie Beaver lives in a village near Farmer Green’s house. It is a different village than you and I would live in. All the houses are built in a pond. And all their doors are underwater. But that doesn’t matter because they are all good swimmers. So begins The Tale of Brownie Beaver as we are introduced to beavers and other pond dwellers. Arthur Bailey, the author, gives each of water creatures a personality and like any good children’s book, teaches us about their behaviors while promoting good moral values.
Arthur Scott Bailey was an American writer who penned more than 40 children’s books. Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird, and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never “write down” to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.