Three Paws is the first book of the series Sharp Teeth, Flat Teeth, an animal fantasy for young listeners.
What would happen to the creatures of the forest if humans disappeared? At first, the animals might go on living as they have always done. But what if a mysterious event occurred and they began to change to become something more than they were?
Three Paws tells the stories of the Fur Clans that evolve in the Woods Beyond the Broken Lands. Follow the adventures of Three Paws the beaver, Flitter the pack rat, Shot-in-the-Butt the bear, Snaggletooth the cougar, and all the animals who gather near Blue Rock to form a new society, the Covenant of Good Manners.
Scientists tell us that we can never know what goes on inside an animal's mind. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could speak and tell us? Of course, animals don't have the kind of lips, tongue, and vocal cords to form human words. How would they communicate? Telepathy? A sensory language of physical signs and scent, howls and chatters, huffs and chirps? One clear, cold night, with a full moon shining above the hills of northern California, the Sky Turns Green (the mysterious event). Overwhelming pulsations reverberate through the forest, firestorms roar back and forth across the land. Many animals are killed, others sicken and die, but the ones who survive gradually discover astonishing new powers: self-awareness, heightened intelligence, and the ability to communicate with each other.
Sharp Teeth, Flat Teeth is my deep bow of respect to this imaginary animal world. The stories are uplifting, challenging, exciting, and ultimately meant to blow your mind.
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Something for my grandson and I to get OUR teeth into!
- L. Shuffler