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Little Brother Moose
     

Little Brother Moose

by James Kasperson, Karlyn Holman (Illustrator)
 

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Lured by the sights, smells, and sounds of civilization, Moss the moose ventures far from home and gets lost in urban adventures. Moss gets home again by listening with his whole being to the promptings of the earth.

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Lured by the sights, smells, and sounds of civilization, Moss the moose ventures far from home and gets lost in urban adventures. Moss gets home again by listening with his whole being to the promptings of the earth.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drawing on Native American and other spiritual traditions, this parable tells of a young moose lured from lake to town by his curiosity. Moss-the Algonquin word for ``moose''-travels down a ``laughing'' stream. But soon the moose's ears twitch at unfamiliar sounds, and he disregards the ``small voice within'' that ``spoke of the bog. `Come home, little brother.'" Pursuing the call of the river (``Follow me!'') he climbs the riverbank and sees a "hard" river roaring with "speed and power" (a busy road). Enthralled, he follows strange smells through the night, and rests among concrete "cliffs." By mid-morning, his curiosity waning, he realizes he is lost. Fortunately, flocks of migrating Canadian geese overhead point the way back to his bog-home. By holding steadily to the moose's unique perspective, Kasperson balances the preachy undertone of his tale. Holman's soft-focus, full-bleed watercolors adhere tightly to the text, amplifying it with needed visual cues. Ages 4-10. (May)
Children's Literature - Mary Clayton Rowen
The sounds from the concrete river draws a moose away from what is familiar. As he wanders through the town we see things as he interprets them. The voice of instinct draws the moose back to the familiarity of the wild. The watercolor illustrations give the feel for the season.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3This simple natural history tale follows a young moose as he wends his way along a river and wanders out of the countryside into a road filled with passing vehicles and then into a town. After a night and day of quiet confusion, he spots geese flying overhead, pointing the way home. Softly illuminated watercolor scenes fill the pages, following the snowy wanderings of the clumsy-looking calf. However, the slow-paced account may deter some readers, and the animal's anthropomorphized thoughts don't ring true. ``Moss listened to this voice when he made his decisions.'' Repeated references to ``the voice'' are a bit puzzling in context. This might be an euphemism for instinct, but Kasperson indicates a more mystical idea in a final page of comments explaining his didactic concerns. ``The voice of the earth is the voice of life for our world.'' The artist is more adept at shaping material in the picture-book format; well-composed illustrations are inviting and capably convey setting and story. The idea here is good, but the book needs a tighter construction and focus.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883220334
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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