Charlotte Gray Trains Her Binoculars on Beavers

Historian Charlotte Gray reviews Once They Were Hats in the June-July 2016 issue of Canada’s History magazine. Like many Canadians, she has beavers as neighbours at her cottage, but she’s looking at them differently now: “thanks to Backhouse’s thoughtful, fascinating exploration of beaver know-how, I will not complain about the neighbours next summer” she writes. “Instead, I’ll have my binoculars trained on them.” Maybe she’ll spot the beaver dude who graces the cover of this issue and looks like he’d be right at home in cottage country.

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