Something strange is going on ... The waters of the Smiling Pool and the Laughing Brook have been mysteriously reduced to tiny streams and the creatures of the Green Forest are in a panic! Until they discover the reason: Paddy the Beaver has arrived to make a new home for himself and therefore stopped the flow of the waters. `The Adventures of Paddy Beaver' (1917) is another one of Thornton W. Burgess' wonderful stories set in the surroundings of nature and its inhabitants. He teaches children valuable lessons about friendship, trust and respect for the environment without ever being preachy.