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Agate: What Good Is a Moose?

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A Diamond In The Rough

    Digging for a book to help infuse character into a science lesson or vice versa, I recently unearthed this clever rhyming story about an awkwardly gangly moose named Agate.

    As he compares himself to his beautifully polished friends, all of whom have sparkly names of birthstone gems and correspondingly brilliant characteristics, Agate asks, "What good is a moose?"

    To assuage his self-doubt, Agate's friends challenge him to look inward for what makes him shine. Much like trying to find plain agate rock, whose beauty is found within, Agate the Moose has to do some excavating to find the qualities that make him every bit as valuable as his treasured friends.

    Agate's message reinforces the adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover" and spotlights the importance of valuing one's inner character.

    An extension writing exercise can pose the question, "What makes me shine?" or "What do I look for in friends?" This gem will supplement the calendar lesson for younger students as each of Agate's 12 friends represents a birthstone.

    The information in the back about gemstones will serve as a geology lesson as well. This book is a diamond in the rough that I enthusiastically recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    Every classroom needs a copy of this book.

    As a former teacher and current children's bookstore employee, I whole-heartedly and with great passion recommend this book for anyone with children in their lives. With a simple message to love ourselves, find our gifts, and let them shine, this cleverly written and gorgeously illustrated gem would be a perfect gift for your child's teacher, day-care provider, or principal. I've given copies to all of my nieces and nephews, as well as high school and college graduates. What a beautiful place our world would be if this message of celebration was available to all children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Artistic and Excellent 'Moosage'

    A new book to me but will be a forever favorite. The illustrations are superb and the message is perfect for our 6 yr old niece who is very artistic and has a keen eye for color - but is often compared to cousins and siblings who excel in sports and academics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Agate

    What a delightful story and watercolor pictures to share with a young person. This gives the message that whomever you are and however you look, you are worthwhile. Can't think of a better message to give a child--or an adult. True confession: although I will share this with my young friends and students, I bought this for myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

    Wonderful Book!

    My young son received this as a gift. The story promotes the idea that we are all unique and very special. Know that each of us is a gem and be glad! Beautiful colors/illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    The Amazing Agate

    This is an amazing book - the phenomenal illustrations - the beautiful story - and the lessons it offers to young children. Found it in a local gift shop outside of Duluth this past week and bought it for my three year old granddaughter. I know she will love this story and the illustrations as much as her grandma does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Loved It

    So Cute!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    SO adorable!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I think it is great for all ages-the illustrations are amazing and the story is too cute! I recommend this book to EVERYONE, big and small, but especially to teachers. It would be great in a classroom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    My grandsons want me to read it to them at least twice everytime they come over. They love the great paintings of the animals and their names (all gem stones). The story is a great lesson in self esteem. I recommend it for everyone 2-101 years old.

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