The Beavers of Popple's Pond: Sketches from the Life of an Honorary Rodent (Paperback)
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The Beavers of Popple's Pond: Sketches from the Life of an Honorary Rodent (Paperback)

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Paperback 284 Pages / Published: 12/05/2014
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Tucked away in a remote stream valley in Vermont, a dynasty of beavers has nearly completed the restoration of the meadows and ponds that adorned this stream in the days before the beavers of a continent were turned into top hats. Willow, Popple, and their progeny begin the night's work of dam repair, scent marking, tree felling until a soft call alerts them to the arrival of the strange honorary member of their clan, this book's author, Patti Smith. They scramble ashore and poke eagerly about her feet as she prepares to picnic and to record the events that transpire on the shores of Popple's Pond. Through the seasons, and through the years, these records-transformed into interwoven vignettes-invite the reader to enter the world of the beavers and the other inhabitants of the wetlands. Meet Terrible Jack the lonely moose, Henri the civilized goose, and the myriad small creatures that populate the night forest. The author, a native of this landscape, brings a naturalist's eye and a compassionate voice to these stories. After three years with the beavers, readers are invited to accompany the author to other worlds where different characters await. Keep this book wherever you have a moment for a short adventure- to follow the trail of a bear cub through the moonlight, enter the low-roofed world of the snowshoe hare, or to stand in the midst of a melee of migrating amphibians. These stories offer respite to those wearied by the barrage of bad news, and a chance to reconnect with the nature that perseveres around us.

Publisher: Green Writers Press
ISBN: 9780989310444
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 203 x 134 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book rests between books for animal lovers that feature animals in relationships with people in the world of people) and books for nature lovers that feature observations of animals in nature apart from people. This book includes some of each, but is perhaps most unusual in its accounts of animals in nature and in relationships with a person. -- Joan Carey, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Brattleboro, Vermont
Where has she been, this shining wonderment Patti Smith? She has been befriending a colony of beavers on Poppell's Pond and apprenticing herself to the marvelous creatures of the world. Here Smith tells her beguiling story with an uncommon wit, whimsicality, and devotion. I cannot say enough good things about this volume. It is heart-warming. It is magical, even spell-binding. It is beautifully written. This is a triumph of a book. -- --Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground, among others
Nature writing at its best. In this first widely available collection of essays, readers have the chance to experience the blend of scientific expertise and deep affection for nature that have long made Patti Smith regionally famous. To enter the pages of this book is to go deeper into the woods than most of us could go without her guidance -- not because the woods are inaccessible, but because Smith leads us into a new way of experiencing them. Not only do her careful observations of beavers, porcupines, and other creatures offer both beginners and experts a wealth of information -- the way that she experiences nature demonstrates an approach that can improve anybody's understanding and enjoyment of the world around them. In each successively absorbing chapter we are drawn deeper into the natural world and into Smith's world, until, when at last we lay the book aside, we look upon nature with new eyes, as something that can be at once more familiar and more wonderful. The illustrations and the prose are nothing short of masterful, and with this first collection Smith emerges fully formed and ready to join the pantheon of great American nature writers. -- Matthew D. Hoffman -- Amazon

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