Mini Book Swap

The Beaver Pond

When we got our partner for the mini book swap I knew just what book we should send. The problem was we only had one copy from Papa’s childhood and there was no way we were sending that one. Funny, I didn’t think of that when I signed up for the swap. So our swapping was slightly delayed while we acquired another copy of the book, The Beaver Pond — weekly reader edition from the 70s — by Alvin Tresselt.

...the sumacs flamed scarlet...

This, to me, is a perfect children’s book. It’s a story about the natural world — one of the most fascinating topics for my urchins — and the story is brought to life with beautiful illustrations, by Roger Duvoisin. Tresselt’s prose has just enough poetry, if you know what I mean, to keep the story magical. Tresselt and Duvoisin must have made a good team since they published a number of books together, including the 1948 Caldecott medal winner — I need to get my hands on a copy of that one.

...the mother deer brought their young ones to drink...

We also have a copy of Tresselt’s telling of the The Mitten, also a weekly reader edition — which may be an easier title to find a copy of — and also a great story. And speaking of the weekly reader children’s book club, I wonder if you can find a list of all the books sent over the years? My feeble web searching skills haven’t turned up much. In return for The Beaver Pond we received another delightful book, The Purple Coat by Amy Hest. We’ve only read it twice so far but it is at the top of the bedtime story pile. So, what did you guys send/receive as part of the mini book swap?

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3 Responses to “Mini Book Swap”


  1. 1 Sarah August 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I am not part of the swap but I just wanted to comment about your book. This was my favorite book as a child and I had forgotten all about it. I’m off to my mothers with the hopes that she didn’t get rid of the stacks of books hidden away in the corners of our basement.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. 2 martha August 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    these are beautiful. I love old children’s books -the illustrations are always so great. My kids love the Mitten -such a cute story.

  3. 3 Stefani August 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    oh! I’m going to have to see if I can’t find that one. It sounds so perfect!


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