copyright 1950; Bonanza Books publishers, New York; smaller hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with very minor ageing and wear.
This is the best of the 6 books in the "Books of Nature" series. It's far more plot-driven than the other 5, with far more suspense, and unlike them it's one continuous narrative. The other 5 are more about just describing the interesting natural behavior of one creature after another. Where the other 5 are better for older kids and adults, At Paddy the Beaver's Pond is great for all ages.
It has 21 chapters about Mr. and Mrs. Paddy the Beaver and others who live nearby. They leave their pond, where the food supply has been mostly eaten up, to go build a new home. They are discovered by predators and have many other visitors. It's mating season for moose, and two-legged hunters want to get one with big antlers. When winter comes, predators walk out to the beaver lodge and try to get in. A break in the dam makes them vulnerable to predators. Little Joe Otter comes to eat the trout in their pond but soon leaves when he senses danger.