Once They Were Hats

Once They Were Hats

In Search of the Mighty Beaver

Book - 2015
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Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. They were once one of the continent's most ubiquitous mammals. Then the European fur traders arrived. In Once They Were Hats, Frances Backhouse examines humanity's 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver's even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems. Along the way she discovers how we can learn to live with beavers as they return.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781770412071
1770412077
Branch Call Number: 599.37 BACKHOU
Characteristics: x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Sep 30, 2019

Probably the best book on beavers this year or any other year. Go beavers (the animal, not the sports team)! Written by a Canadian. Did you know the beaver is part of castoridae family? In fact, they're the only part.

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anderscorr
Jul 01, 2017

Honouring a "keystone species", this book is brimming with affection, ecological facts, Canadian history, biology, indigenous people's stories and more. Backhouse is a very good writer, her creative non-fiction flows with evocative language and picturesque vocabulary and is a pleasure to read. Each chapter stands on it's own. As well, I think it is a great choice for a bed time read-aloud. Older elementary age children would benefit and enjoy it!

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