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Moose and Magpie

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It isn't always easy being a moose but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way. Join Moose, Magpie and some of their other animal friends as they frolic through a year of changes. Learn what the Liberty Bell and moose have in common or why moose cross the road. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and learn something while you are at it. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: Is it for real?, Moose and birds, What do moose eat?, Match the ...
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It isn't always easy being a moose but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way. Join Moose, Magpie and some of their other animal friends as they frolic through a year of changes. Learn what the Liberty Bell and moose have in common or why moose cross the road. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and learn something while you are at it. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: Is it for real?, Moose and birds, What do moose eat?, Match the moose body part to its adaptation, Moose life cycle, Moose antlers, and Moose fun facts.
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PreS-Gr 1—This slight story about Moose and his joke-telling pal, Magpie, doesn't have enough substance to sustain a child's interest. The simple story line, using a bizarre combination of fact and fantasy, follows the young creature from early summer through fall and into winter. During those months, the moose grows, sheds antlers, and learns to understand and tell jokes. Magpie, a raccoon, a skunk, and a beaver accompany him as he aimlessly wanders the countryside and swims the river. The lame jokes are superfluous and nonsensical. Only Moose and Magpie speak, but the beaver wears glasses and reads books, the raccoon eats chocolate mousse, the skunk uses hair mousse, and all the animals except Moose walk upright. Each page has a small fact box, and the book concludes with four pages of information on birds and moose. The text is illustrated by brightly colored pictures, with everything outlined in black. While the illustrations may appeal to children, they are not enough to save this book.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180425
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,436,526
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bettina Restrepo (Moose and Magpie, Fall 2009) is a professional writer who has appeared in Highlights for Children, Nature Friend, and Boy's Life magazines. Bettina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communications and spent over fifteen years in the retail industry as a merchandise manager and auditor. She achieved her dream and is now writing at home with her husband, son, and dog in Texas. Moose and Magpie is Bettina's debut picture book. She is busy writing about more animals and is completing her fourth young adult novel. She is thrilled to share this book with elementary schools across the globe.
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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Moose and Magpie is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Kids will love the jokes

    If you were a full-grown moose at the age of one, what would you do when your antlers start coming in and begin to itch like crazy? Moose, who lives where the willow trees touch the ground and the lily pads float on the water, has just become an adult, and his head prickles so much that he has to find a tree and rub his head against it with all his might. But he disturbs his friend Magpie who starts to tell him jokes to ease his mind. Follow Moose and his friends as spring becomes summer which turns into fall which finally ushers in winter. What will happen to Moose's antlers?
    Kids will love the jokes that Magpie tells Moose while at the same time they will learn about an amazing and majestic animal of our natural world. There are sidebar-like tidbits of interesting information sprinkled throughout Bettina Restrepo's text, and at the end is Sylvan Dell's usual "For Creative Minds" section, with more information about the moose's eating habits, antlers, and life cycle, and a "Match the Moose Body Part to its Adaptation" activity. There are also other "Teaching Activities" and "Related Websites" at Sylvan Dell's website. And Sherry Rogers's colorful illustrations are very attractive.

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    A fun way to learn about moose!

    Moose has a problem - his head is itchy! You see, Moose is young and he has little nubs on his head that will soon grow into beautiful antlers. But when antlers grow, they are itchy, itchy, itchy. Moose scratches his head on a tree for relief and that's when he meets the joke telling Magpie the bird. Magpie tells Moose a joke and soon the two are best friends.

    Moose and Magpie follows a year-long adventure through the life cycle of a young bull moose. The journey starts in the spring with Moose's antlers coming in, through the summer where his appetite has grown as large as his antlers, into the fall where Moose, Magpie and several other animal friends play under the falling autumn leaves. It is in the fall that moose migrate so Magpie helps Moose find his way to a small island where the other moose have met. After a brief island visit, Moose returns to his forest friends where the snow soon falls as do his antlers.

    One of the fall offerings from Sylvan Dell Publishing, Moose and Magpie is an absolutely delightful adventure story that will educate as it entertains. The bright, lively illustrations add much to the enjoyment. Along with the charming story, each page has a small block of text with information on moose such as "Some moose swim up to five miles during migration." It is an excellent way to inform without sounding didactic. In addition, there are four pages in the back of the book with moose 'fun facts' as well as free online resources at the publisher's website. Moose and Magpie is an excellent resource for the homeschooling parent as well as anybody who wants to see their child enjoy a story and learn at the same time.

    Quill says: After children read Moose and Magpie, they will be spouting off facts about moose all day long, with a smile on their faces!

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