Moose Tales (Hardcover)

By Nancy Van Laan, Amy Rusch (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780395908631, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/26/2001)

List Price: 15.00*
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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

About the Author

Nancy Van Laan has written many delightful stories for children, including Moose Idles, a beginning reader about which Publishers Weekly said in a starred review, "Endearing. . . . Young listeners will hope for many happy returns for this quintet of friends."

Amy Rusch lives with her family in Wisconsin, where they often find tracks of forest animals, big and small.

Praise For Moose Tales

"A new moose is on the block, and so are his woodland friends, in this collection of three easy-to-read stories from Van Laan (So Say the Little Monkeys, 1998, etc.). Moose, Beaver, Mouse, Rabbit, and Squirrel are the stars; in the liveliest story, ``A Fine Day for a Walk,'' Moose travels from friend to friend in an effort to find a walking companion, and wears himself out in the process. In ``Stuck,'' Beaver is accidentally trapped under a felled tree. After many and various false attempts, Moose comes to the rescue. ``The Snow Creature'' employs a standard device; each friend contributes one telling attribute to a snowman. The humor in the text hardly emerges from the illustrations, e.g., the snow creature is disappointingly sedate in appearance. The flat perspectives found in the line drawings are more amateurish than deliberately skewed, and the animals lack personality. The text helps guide new readers through the pages, but the illustrations provide few rewards." Kirkus Reviews