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|About||Fred the Beavercorn heralds from Beaver Dam, WI, where he dresses up in a new costume almost every Sunday morning. He also writes a column for LocaLeben.|
Fred is the child of a "blended" marriage -- a beaver mother and a unicorn father. Mama Beaver is a typical "busy beaver," always working hard to provide for her family. On the other hand, Papa Unicorn is a free spirit who follows his dreams and resolutely pursues what he loves. Fred eventually comes to appreciate the attributes of both his parent and decides that he should work very hard in school so that he can qualify for a job: (1) that provides for his family; and (2) that he loves.
Also woven into the story is a message regarding "integrity" for the more mature readers to ponder. The fable-like tale ends with a stunningly obvious explanation for a natural phenomenon -- the origin of narwhals.
The book was designed as a "lap book" -- to be read to youngsters, starting at age two or three. The primary message -- about the importance of education -- is universally welcome, and the secondary message serves to add interest for older readers. By the time the kids have reached seven years, they will be reading it by themselves, though some of the language and concepts will continue to provide some useful challenges. If parents share only one lap book with their kids, then Fred is the book!