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The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale
     

The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale

by Fiona Robinson
 

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What use is a moose? A young girl and her family find out Molly loves moose—not the dessert, the animal. Imagine her surprise when on a family trip to Alaska she can't find any because they've all gone on vacation—to her home city! When Molly returns, she befriends a forlorn moose threesome exhausted from their urban adventures and she and her parents take

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What use is a moose? A young girl and her family find out Molly loves moose—not the dessert, the animal. Imagine her surprise when on a family trip to Alaska she can't find any because they've all gone on vacation—to her home city! When Molly returns, she befriends a forlorn moose threesome exhausted from their urban adventures and she and her parents take the moose in. Once rested, the moose prove to be invaluable: using their antlers as drying racks, pasta servers, clotheslines, and much more. Eventually the call of the wild summons them back to their real home. Will the domestic dynamos ever return? Or will Molly be mooseless? Exciting newcomer Fiona Robinson brings a terrific sense of humor and great imagination to this perfect story-hour book, with lots of funny visual jokes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Moose on the brain soon become moose in the house in this quirky, lighthearted fantasy. Plain and simple, Molly likes moose. So much so, her parents plan a moose-watching vacation to Alaska. But the antlered critters were nowhere to be found, having left on their own getaway-to Molly's town. Upon her return home, Molly eagerly befriends three of the furry visitors and invites them to stay with her family. The gentle beasts prove not only good company, but they do a bang-up job of cooking, cleaning and managing household chores. Alas, homesickness soon acts as a "call of the wild" and the trio hoof it back to the 49th state. But happily for Molly, her four-footed friends are only a postcard-and a plane ride-away. Making her picture book debut, Robinson demonstrates a flair for humor tinged with heart in her waxy, textured oil paintings. Portraits of gangly moose sharing the comfy green sofa with the heroine, or using their antlers as a clothes-drying device, ratchet up the level of both silliness and warmth. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Molly loves moose, so her parents plan the family vacation for Alaska. They look on glaciers and in forests for the elusive moose, but they have no luck! Then a passing goose tips them off that all of the moose are also on vacation—in the city! Quickly, Molly and her parents return home. Moose are everywhere! Molly is thrilled to see the moose enjoying themselves in her hometown, but she is drawn to three young moose who don't seem quite as happy as the rest. It seems the three are exhausted and in need of a place to rest. Molly and her obliging parents take them home. When they awake several days later, the moose are very grateful, and they are determined to show it. They clean the house, demonstrating amazing skill and endearing panache. Molly and her family are thrilled to have such clean guests; the moose are delighted to be able to see humans up close. Everyone is happy! Then, one day, the moose are reminded of home. As fast as they had come, they are gone, leaving Molly to wonder: Will they forget me? Will I ever see them again? Fiona Robinson's oil paintings are eye-catching and whimsical. Her story is a light-hearted tall tale that is sure to cause laughter among young and old alike—especially those who are already moose aficionados. 2004, Harry N Abrams, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613124215
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
17 MB
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Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Fiona Robinson is a British-born and trained artist now living in Brooklyn, New York. She has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts, has illustrated articles for The Wall Street Journal, and her work has appeared in several galleries in London. This is her first book.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 19, 1976

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