The Skydiving Beavers, A True Tale
by Susan Wood, illustrated by Gysbert van Frankenhuysen
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017
A recounting of a true story that happened in 1948 in McCall, Idaho, when, after the war, people and houses were taking over the beaver’s territory. It soon became apparent that beavers and people don’t mix well when dammed water flooded roads and land for food became land for houses. Elmo Heter, a staff person for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, decided they needed to move the beavers to some open land, many miles away. But how? After many ideas and several practice parachute jumps with Geronimo, a senior beaver, Elmo had a plan. That fall they successfully moved a beaver colony to an open area.
Well-written, well-paced out, and written in a friendly voice, this is a delight to read.