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Moose tales
Van Laan, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Physical Description:
48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Moose takes a walk, takes a nap under a tree that Beaver is gnawing, and finally joins all his friends in making an almost perfect snow creature with antlers.
Reading Level:
100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 34504.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 24913 Guided reading level: K.
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Long-legged Moose has good friends in the woodland: Beaver, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse. Together they count snowflakes, help one another wiggle out of fixes, and make practically perfect creatures out of snow. Set in the secure world of the woods, these tender, funny stories for beginning readers celebrate friendship and cooperation. And the delicately silly illustrations, from Moose's skinny legs to Rabbit's long floppy ears, capture the foibles and idiosyncrasies of each wooodland creature. Nancy Van Laan has written many delightful stories for children, including Possum Come A' Knockin, Rainbow Crow, and Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend. Ms. Van Laan lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she tries to visit the woods and its creatures as often as she can

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Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-2, younger for reading aloud. These three brief episodes are aimed at new readers looking for an easy chapter book. In the first, Moose gets a sudden yen for a walk and goes so far in search of a similarly inclined companion that he decides to rest instead. Next, he figures out a way to get his friend Beaver out from under a fallen tree. In the last episode, he joins Beaver, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse in building a snow creature that resembles all five of its makers. Rusch debuts with disarmingly simple illustrations that match the stories' unassuming tone perfectly, depicting Moose with sprawling, turned-down antlers that give him the look of a lop-eared bunny. Children will gravitate naturally from this to Jim Latimer's slightly skewed woodland tales, such as Moose and Friends (1993). --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

A companionable band of woodland friends welcomes readers in this endearing early chapter book. The most winning of Van Laan's (Little Fish Lost) three tales may be the last, in which Moose and Beaver, after relishing the feeling of snow falling (their blissed-out grins are hilarious), build a "snow creature" with their friends. Each animal contributes a fitting featureÄMouse adds pine-needle whiskers, Beaver two large teethÄbut Moose muses, "Something is still missing," until he adds the crowning glory: two branches for antlers. Then all five animals admire their creation. Rusch makes her children's book debut with ink and colored-pencil artwork that features quirky forms: the outline of a row of bushes, for example, resembles a coastline on a map. The short sentences and repetition lend themselves to droll humor, as when Beaver is pinned under a tree: " `Beaver is stuck,' said Moose. `We must unstick him.' " Youngsters will hope for many happy returns for this quintet of friends. Ages 6-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A beginning reader that highlights the adventures of forest animal friends. In "A Fine Day for a Walk," Moose searches high and low for a friend willing to take a walk with him, only to find himself too tired when he finally finds one. "Stuck" depicts the entrapment and subsequent release of Beaver from under a tree that Moose accidentally knocks down, and "The Snow Creature" shows the animals enjoying a first snow and making a figure that looks a little like each of them. The first story serves as a wonderful introduction to each of the characters, who later reunite to problem solve and have fun in the second and third tales. The text is well paced, and the stories work either as read-alouds or independent reads. Rusch's illustrations feature the toothy, winsome forest dwellers in a north-woods setting. Most children will enjoy their cheerful camaraderie and appreciate the gentle humor.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.