I was born into a family of readers. My favorites gifts growing up were books. Now I am happy that it appears I am raising 3 readers (well at least 2 of them show that inclination and the other likes to be read to). What a treat it was for me to find this trio of books by naturalist and illustrator Harry Baerg at the local bookstore. I grew up with these books as did my mother and now they have been reprinted again for my children!
Each of the books follows the main animal through a year. Humpy the Moose does go through a life span. They are illustrated beautifully and the kids love them. They are Two’s favorite. They are a bit long but they make a special treat for long cuddling and stories. I have also found that they really get me in the mood to go outside at least, camping at best. We still haven’t gotten up to the Boundary Waters but that is one our to do list for sure. There is a very visible beaver lodge on the way to our favorite camping site. It’s wonderful to learn more about the animals around us.
A word of caution though, these are realistic books. They handle the subject of mating and death very well but it is present. In my opinion these type of topics are not something to run from but an opportunity for parents to teach children about life cycles. A return to the land necessitates an understanding of these.