The Mouse and His Child is one of our favourite books, and we thought we'd celebrate the return of beavers to Martin Mere at the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust's centre with a few words from Jeb and Zeb. We left one page of yellow A4 inside the hide and another copy by the beaver sculpted from wood outside.
"Jeb," said the voice of Zeb, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"A beaver," said Jeb without hesitation.
"A beaver?" said Zeb.
"A beaver!" echoed Muskrat.
"Right!" said Jeb, clicking his teeth and whacking the floor of the lodge as hard as he could with the flat of his tail. "Beavers do things! They cut down trees! CHONK! BONK! Make dams! SPLASH! KERPLONK! Beavers get rich!"
from The Mouse and His Child
Paddy, Jan and Russell (age 18 months)