There Are No Moose on This Island!

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Jake’s excited about going on a trip to an island, and he really, really, really wants to see a moose. But his dad insists that there are no moose on this island. But both Jake and a friendly moose would like to disagree! In playful rhymes, author Stephanie Calmenson brings the reader along with Jake and his dad, as they explore the mammals, birds, insects, and sea life on and around the island. With graceful illustrations by Jennifer Thermes, Jake—and the reader—start to see the moose, a little bit at a time, ...
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Jake’s excited about going on a trip to an island, and he really, really, really wants to see a moose. But his dad insists that there are no moose on this island. But both Jake and a friendly moose would like to disagree! In playful rhymes, author Stephanie Calmenson brings the reader along with Jake and his dad, as they explore the mammals, birds, insects, and sea life on and around the island. With graceful illustrations by Jennifer Thermes, Jake—and the reader—start to see the moose, a little bit at a time, but Dad’s either got his nose in a book or binoculars glued to his eyes. In the end, it’s Jake who shows his dad the value of putting aside the guidebook and ferry schedule to truly experience the beauty and magic of the outdoors.
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
A young boy out with his father is certain that he will spot a moose. So is the moose. After their ferry docks on a small Maine island, the boy tries very hard to convince his father that a moose is nearby in the woods. The father, his nose planted firmly in a guidebook, says no. They see many animals, fish and insects as they walk about. The smiling moose is quite chatty and offers frequent clues in speech bubbles ("What am I? A mouse?"). Finally, he poses in full double-spread splendor. But it is not until the boy and his father are back on the ferry that the father sees the moose. Calmenson writes in quatrains with a humorous point of view. Thermes' brightly hued watercolors are lively and appealing, with the sky and waters in lovely shades of blue. The moose is decidedly anthropomorphized, and there are no guides to the flora and fauna depicted, so this is not for serious nature enthusiasts. However, the story is entertaining and would serve as a good introduction to family outings. A valuable reminder to enjoy the outdoors and keep an eye out for possibilities! (Meet the Moose facts, author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934031346
  • Publisher: Islandport Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,528,521
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Thermes is a children’s book author and illustrator. In addition to being an avid reader, an obsessed gardener, and an adorer of cats, she creates illustrated maps for publishing and magazine clients. Her most recent book is Maggie & Oliver, or A Bone of One’s Own, a middle-grade novel by Valerie Hobbs (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). She lives in an old farmhouse in Connecticut with her family, two cats, one dog, and countless mice. Stephanie Calmenson is the author of more than one hundred books for children. Her fiction and poetry have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), and "funny, sweet, and right on the mark” (Booklist). She is also known for her highly acclaimed books about dogs. Stephanie lives in New York City and vacations in Maine. This book was inspired by a trip she and her husband took to Isle au Haut, a small island about five miles off the coast of Maine.
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