A Cabin by The Lake by Debi S. Nelson
Grandpa and Grandma built a cabin by a lake in North Dakota after a flood destroyed their home. This cabin is the setting of life between Grandpa and Grandma with the different activities necessary and enjoyable with cabin life as they move between the seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. Little visitors come to the cabin (their grandchildren) and Grandma takes them on walks, through the woods, while she shows them the woodland and lake animals that live there including families of moose, loons, deer, beaver, goldfinches and many more. There are 'fact boxes' scattered throughout the book with facts about the animals along with heartwarming stories and color photographs. One particular family of moose is followed from the twin calves birth through their first year. Other family of moose are seen so moose facts through adulthood are also shared. Showing how animals raise their young, prepare for winter and then survive in the harsh North Dakota winters is another goal of the book. This book combines many areas educators have applauded such as history, art, animal safety, conservation, and animal habitats. Using this book as a classroom reference has been suggested with students writing about some of the animals and then presenting back to the class for both presenting and listening skills for students.