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Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose (Dr. Seuss Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    A great Seuss tale!

    As with most of the Seuss books, this one is great for kids of ALL ages - great story, illustrations and message. It should be better known!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Get Stuffed! Fish and Guests Smell in Three Days!

    Thidwick's adventure begins simply enough. He is marching along on the shores of Lake Winna-Bango, on the far northern shore, looking for moose-moss to eat with 60 other moose. A small Bingle Bug nicely asks Thidwick for a ride 'for a way.' Thickwick replies, 'I'm happy to share!' Most of us would have said the same. But what happens when a guest overstays her or his welcome? In Thidwick's case, his horns become a veritable zoo of wildlife. There is a Tree-Spider spinning a web, a Zinn-a-zu Bird who gets married and builds a nest, and their uncle the woodpecker who pecks holes the squirrel family inhabits. And so on it goes, to include a bobcat, turtle, fox, mice, fleas, a big bear . . . and 362 bees! Thidwick is like the horse in Animal Farm. He's providing all of the work and benefit, and everyone is bossing him around. Why, they won't even agree to let him leave with the other moose to find more moose moss. Why is Thidwick willing to put up with this? What are the benefits of having a big heart in this situation? How does Thidwick end up in this mess? Well, having accepted the Bingle Bug, the subsequent guests ignore Thidwick and ask the earlier guests instead if they can move in. Thidwick honors his first commitment, extends it in time and to the new inhabitants. As a result of Thidwick's dilemma, this book provides a good opportunity to discuss sharing with your child . . . and explain the benefits and limits of sharing. Your child will run into people who will try to take advantage. This gives you a chance to ask your child what he or she would do in Thidwick's situation. The story's resolution is a most original and humorous one that makes good use of the mental picture of shedding your onorous burdens. This story is illustrated by Dr. Seuss, as well as written in his best rhyming way. The drawings of the creatures in Thidwick's horns come close to matching many of Dr. Seuss's most imaginative mechanical devices. The horns of this dilemma are funnier than those devices, because this concoction is based on animals and natural processes. The story is a pretty easy one for five to six year olds to learn to read, because many of the words are short and rhyme. The illustrations also 'name' many of the nouns. The humor provides 'hooks' for memorizing the words. I also liked the idea of i

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    A wonderful story

    This was one of my favorite books as a youth and was my 3 year old son's first favorite. A wonderful story of a moose who is too kind and what he indures because of this. Easily one of the Doctor's best !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Wonderful book

    Thidwick is a wonderful childrens book and was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I'm hoping my nephew will enjoy it as much. One of Dr. Seuss' best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Thidwick

    Love Dr. Suess books for my children. Haven't come across one that I didn't like. This was no exception.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    A very cute story

    I loved this book when i was a child and I was very excited to find it so that I can read it to my children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is by far the best children's book on the illegal immigration problem in the US. I realize that it was written sixty years ago, but as I was reading through this book with my son I was struck by its powerful message: be generous and hospitable but know that others will try to take advantage of you. My son objected at numerous points throughout the book to the injustice of those who were taking Thidwick for granted, demanding more and more and denying him the right to pursue what he knew was in his own best interests.

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