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Every day, Jim the lumberjack chops down trees. When his tree-felling leads to his woodland friends losing their homes, Jim comes up with a brilliant idea that will change the way they share the forest forever.

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9th August '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Given this as a gift and have loved reading this at bedtime. Beautiful pics and lovely message about caring for the environment. 
23rd May '17
beanstalk children read it themselves aged 5 to 11
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5 stars
Review written by child age 6 - My favourite part was when he planted more trees.
11th May '17
I read it to OMagill aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is a lovely book about a lumberjack taking care of the environment. My 5 year old son really enjoyed this story and wanted me to read it again. Great illustrations too. Would highly recommend. 
7th September '17
beanstalk children read it themselves aged 5 to 11
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5 stars
The plot was very interesting.

I liked the book and my favourite part was when the lumberjack shaved off his beard so the animals could have a den.

My favourite character was the bird - he looked really cute and funny in his glasses.

I would recommend this book because it's got lots of different parts in it which are really exciting.
23rd February '17
I read it to Hllatchem06 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
It's always nice when you read a book and you don't mind reading it again straight away, lovely story of the lumberjack doing his job but helping out the animals along the way, also good at teaching about the environment. Great quality book with great pictures lovely hardback book and lovely large pages so lovely to hold. Defiently would recommend it to others. 
26th January '17
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A beautiful story about a big burly lumberjack who has a bushy beard; and a heart of gold. After destroying the homes of his woodland friends he let's them live in his beard.... after lots of funny antics from them he decides they have to move out and he gives them a new home.
My daughter thought it was funny and loved the thought of animals in his beard. The illustrations are fantastic with lots of colour. A lovely hard back book that I would definitely recommend. 
20th July '17
I read it to decemberbaby aged 7 months aged 0 & to Preschool Green Group aged 2 to 5
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5 stars
I’ve been excited to read this book for months, after seeing the gorgeous illustrations on several bookish Instagram feeds over the spring.  I was not disappointed! 

The story reminded me a little of some of the Percy the Park Keeper books I used to read as a child, but with a more overt ecological message. The lumberjack goes about his day and in doing his job, damages the homes of some forest creatures. His solution? For the animals to live in his enormous beard.  This quickly becomes uncomfortable, but his kind solution is to shave off his beard so the animals can continue to live there. As his beard grows back, so too he helps the forest to recover, and it is clear that he has learned to appreciate the forest in its natural state. Perhaps the story hits you over the head with its message of care for the environment, but at this point in time I find it an incredibly pertinent message to share with children. 

The illustrations are in a very modern, graphic, stripped back style with a slightly muted colour palate. this often bothers me as I find that the children I read to don’t find these pictures very accessible, but this is not the case here. The animals in the story have lots of character and I particularly enjoyed the playful contrast between the bearded and cleanshaven lumberjack. The element of pattern in the background helped to reinforce both the scale of the forest and the extent of the destruction the lumberjack was (unintentionally? unknowingly?) causing.

I think that this would be a fantastic book to share with children from the age of 3, and it works just as well read one on one as in front of a larger group.  
26th January '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a great book if you want to teach your kids about the environment and planting trees. 
The storyline is nice - with good use of onomatopoeia. The pictures are also very lovely. The book itself is hardback and large so it feels like a treat to hold and read. Big thumps up!
27th January '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Aby aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
An adorable story with important social message.
We all want our children to grow up with the knowledge about environmental and global warming and this story is packed with all those details with heartwarming emotions.
Engaging story lines and the  fantastic pictures make this book fun for all the readers.
27th January '17
I read it to beardy aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Received today and was a instant hit and read 3 times already on day one!
A great story that keeps you guessing till the end and lil boy I read it too kept asking me to read more :)
So would recommend to all and such lovely pictures too
Already thinking of looking for more similar books :)
11th February '17
I read it to Scatty Noo aged 6 aged 6 & to Fifi aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
We liked this book a lot! When it arrived in the post the girls laughed at the front cover and had a guess as to what the book was going to be about. When we sat down before bed to read it Scarlett decided she would like to read it to us all.
She did really well we all enjoyed listening to the story. 
Jim was a lumberjack and he lived in a forest in a little log cabin...... the story goes on to tell a tale of how Jim, apon felling certain logs in the forest, obtains a bird, porcupine and a beaver....in his beard!
The girls loved the concept of the story and talked about what they might be able to fit in Daddy's beard! The illustrations were quirky and the girls loved looking at the pictures as much as they loved the story. 
A nice bedtime story, just the right length and easy on the ears!
29th January '17
I read it to Brobee aged 4 aged 4 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This is a lovely story with so many things in it that can be talked about afterwards. We've never been to Canada, so had to look up all about the forests and the animals who live there after reading about the lumberjack and his story. The language in the story is lovely and is perfect for reading aloud, especially when the different animals knock on his door. There are also wonderful words like 'limbering' that are illustrated brilliantly. It has a great message about the environment too. 
29th January '17
Noah read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This book was really funny. It is about a Lumberjack called Jim. Every morning before he has his breakfast (which is always pancakes) he does his limbering up exercises. After breakfast he goes out to the forest to do some work. The first day he cuts down all the trees in the forest. In the evening just before he was going to bed a bird came bashing on his door saying 'I built a lovely nest in my tree and you chopped it down'. The Lumberjack says you can live in my beard. Then the next day he made a fire and then a porcupine came up to him just before he went to bed. The porcupine needed the leaves for his new home. The Lumberjack said you can live in my beard as well. When the Lumberjack sends logs down the river a beaver tells him he broke his home too because the logs smashed it. He also gets to live in the Lumberjack's beard but everyone ruins everything and then the Lumberjack says he has had enough. He shaves off his beard for the animals to live in. I liked the story and it made me laugh.
30th January '17
I read it to LucasChops aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Firstly the illustrations in this book are just beautiful.  Jim is a lumberjack who, in the course of doing his job, destroys the habitat of bird, porcupine and beaver.  He invites them to live in his massive bushy beard (which he eventually shaves off as having a menagerie living on your chin full time becomes a little restrictive!!)  We loved shouting out the "sound effects" - chop choppity chop, peck-peckity-peck etc - and joining in with Jim's exercise routine.  A great story with a fabulous environmental message and using enough simple language that we were able to read it together x
26th January '17
I read it to mmt2a aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
A charming book illustrating the dangers of deforestation and the effects that man can have on wildlife. The book had some funny sections which made my son laugh out loud (the bird poo in Jim's shirt and the porcupine's prickles getting stuck in Jim's hand). The pages showing the growth of the tree over the four seasons are an excellent talking point explaining how long it can take a tree to grow to full height. 

I am looking forward to reading this book again
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Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and author whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. His other books include The Lumberjack’s Bea...

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Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and author whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones C...

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