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A Tale from Paleface Creek
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080916678X, Library Binding)This gentle story about a workaholic beaver will charm kids while capturing adults with its humorous but wise lesson. Barry Beaver has almost literally one word in his vocabulary: work. He works seven days a week, straight through the Sabbath. He's convinced that he is doing his best to provide the good life for his wife, Beulah Beaver, and their eight handsome beaver children. As he toils, he mutters a string of work-related aphorisms like "When a job is once begun, never leave until it's done." Work is the only thing he understands. Nudged by the other animals, Barry at last comes to see all that he's been missing. He's resistant at first ("Too many words in a beaver's head: a dangerous thing, a thing to dread"). His wife, Beulah Beaver, nudges as well, telling him that though he may work hard out of love, having no time to show that love is not good. Finally Barry learns a new word: enough--as in "Enough is enough!"
Written by the author of The Gift, this unique book has as its important theme keeping balance in one's life. It makes its point in a sly funny way, so that it's not didactic. The message appeals to both today's overworked, overscheduled kids and their overworked, overscheduled parents. The title is equally effective as a spiritual reminder to keep holy the Sabbath or as just a secular reminder to take a break now and then.
This is the perfect title for kids aged five through eight, workaholics of all ages, parents and grandparents, all teachers, retreat directors, lovers of adult fables, gift buyers, and everyone who loved The Gift.
The book also makes a unique greeting card--whether for a friend or spouse or that worked-till-late-again boss.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:43 -0400)
Barry the beaver, who works constantly, discovers from his animal friends that his life is more balanced if he sets time aside for such things as prayer, leisure, and love.
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