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Posted February 10, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2009
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.
Posted July 16, 2009
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!
Posted June 10, 2011
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