Little Beaver and the Echo

Author: Amy MacDonald | Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies

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Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 1 review)

ISBN: 9780399222030

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2020 - 2021

Availability: Current Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Friendship

Maine Based
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A classic from Maine author Amy MacDonald, brought back for the Raising Readers 20th anniversary. Little Beaver's call for some friends is echoed across the pond, and in his quest to find the potential companion, he finds new friends--a duck, an otter, and a turtle--and adventures.

Age Group 5 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Matching each letter to the sound it represents
  • Identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in spoken words like dog or sit
  • Saying new words by changing the beginning sound, like changing rat to sat
  • Starting to match words they hear to words they see on the page
  • Sounding out simple words
  • Starting to recognize some words by sight without having to sound them out
  • Asking and answering who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about a story
  • Retelling a story in order, using words or pictures
  • Predicting what happens next in a story

Your child likely will learn all the letters and their sounds this year. Some combinations of letters are still tricky for children to hear but they’re learning all the time. By making these connections, your child can also start to write and decode some easy words and begin reading short books to you. Their comprehension of what’s going on in the more complex stories you are reading to them will help them understand the simple stories they can read themselves. Continuing to read to your child, even when they’re able to read, will give you both a chance to talk about more complicated books and continue the beautiful relationship you started together 5 years ago. Reading together can still be the very best part of the day for you and your child!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 5-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

Five-year-olds know what it feels like to be a little bit lonely. In this story by Maine author Amy MacDonald, Little Beaver jumps into his canoe hoping to find someone else who is lonely like him and looking for a friend. While Little Beaver does not find who he expects, readers are treated to the beauty of a Maine pond and the appearance of the his friends Duck, Otter, and Turtle. As Raising Readers celebrates 20 years of giving books to Maine Kids, this book celebrates 30 years of inviting readers to paddle across the pond with Little Beaver. What better way to celebrate these two anniversaries than with our five-year-old friends.  

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10 Ways to Explore Little Beaver and the Echo: Click to download our suggestions for simple (and fun!) activities for this favorite Raising Readers book.

Listen to author Amy MacDonald read this book set to music by composer William Trevaskis, at Waterman’s Center in North Haven, Maine.


My children love this book!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 13, 2022

My children all love this book. It’s definitely a favorite. We love that little beaver made friends and is no longer lonely.


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