The Lonely Moose

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Moose has no family, no friends, and rarely entertains visitors. That is, until the day he rescues a bird that cannot fly. Bird turns Moose's solitary life upside down. He sings in the mornings, talks all day long, and he likes to eat worms!

As the days become weeks, Moose and Bird form a special friendship. They eat pond weeds for breakfast, swim every afternoon, and sometimes climb to the very top of the mountain just to enjoy the view. So when a forest fire separates the two ...

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Overview

Moose has no family, no friends, and rarely entertains visitors. That is, until the day he rescues a bird that cannot fly. Bird turns Moose's solitary life upside down. He sings in the mornings, talks all day long, and he likes to eat worms!

As the days become weeks, Moose and Bird form a special friendship. They eat pond weeds for breakfast, swim every afternoon, and sometimes climb to the very top of the mountain just to enjoy the view. So when a forest fire separates the two friends, Moose is distraught. Bird still hasn't learned to fly, how could he have survived?

Fortunately, before Moose is able to return to his old ways, Bird finds him once again...and this time brings along a few new friends!

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Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Picture book illustrator Segal branches out here as author of his second book, to great success. The titular moose lives alone in the forest, and likes it that way, thank you very much. Moose is enjoying his solitary existence when out of the sky falls a small bird, who lands on a lily pad in the middle of Moose's lake. Moose extends a helping antler and when it becomes apparent that the little bird cannot fly, Moose offers protection for the night. Moose and bird have a lovely summer together, picking berries, bathing in the lake, and climbing the mountain to enjoy the view. Bird struggles to resume flight, but when a forest fire breaks out Bird flies off and the two friends are separated. Moose suffers through a lonely fall, winter, and spring without Bird. One day as summer is warming up, Moose is surprised by the return of his friend, who happily announces that he has brought more friends for Moose, who finds himself covered in birds as Bird announces, "Moose, you can never have too many friends!" This simple and gentle story is greatly enhanced by lovely watercolor illustrations. The brightly colored bird and the sunshine that accompanies his arrival enhance the muted blues and greens of Moose's world. This is an excellent book for sharing one-on-one or in story time and exploring the value of friendship. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
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An unlikely animal duo, a moose and a bird, become fast friends when the latter, unable to fly, is rescued by the moose. Contrast between the two extends beyond size and mobility as moose lives and longs for his prior solitary life, "deep in the woods" at the foot of the mountains. Visually amusing is the playful scale of each animal wrestling with a worm. Bird, forces moose into a friendship with constant, noisy chatter. A bond is forged between the two, and it's a forest fire that separates them: Bird can finally fly. Moose, alone again, misses his lost friend more than the regained solace. At last, Bird returns and, with a big chirp echoed in bold print, announces his return, "HEY MOOSE!" On the final double spread, Bird and a flock of feathered friends are perched on moose's antlers and provide enough loft to lift him off the ground. Spare text, line and form echo this simple, tender relationship. Pastel, gauzy, two-dimensional, geometric shapes define the story and characters that will appeal to young readers. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423101734
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

John Segal has illustrated numerous books for children, including Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, retold by Robert D. San Souci, and The Musicians of Bremen by Jane Yolen as well as written and illustrated Carrot Soup. His drawings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Gourmet, and Travel & Leisure, and he is an award-winning designer of greeting cards for the Museum of Modern Art. This is his first book for Hyperion Books for CHildren. John Segal lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Magnificient Moose

    It's so difficult to find a book that my nearly four year-old and my seven year-old both want to hear--well, this is it. This sweet and simple story captivated my younger kid as it resonated for the older one--while the clever, gorgeous illustrations mesmerized them both. And the ending had them both laughing out loud!

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