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THE LONELY MOOSE by John Segal

THE LONELY MOOSE

By John Segal (Author) , John Segal (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0173-4
Publisher: Hyperion

An unlikely animal duo, a moose and a bird, become fast friends when the latter, unable to fly, is rescued by the moose. Contrast between the two extends beyond size and mobility as moose lives and longs for his prior solitary life, “deep in the woods” at the foot of the mountains. Visually amusing is the playful scale of each animal wrestling with a worm. Bird, forces moose into a friendship with constant, noisy chatter. A bond is forged between the two, and it’s a forest fire that separates them: Bird can finally fly. Moose, alone again, misses his lost friend more than the regained solace. At last, Bird returns and, with a big chirp echoed in bold print, announces his return, “HEY MOOSE!” On the final double spread, Bird and a flock of feathered friends are perched on moose’s antlers and provide enough loft to lift him off the ground. Spare text, line and form echo this simple, tender relationship. Pastel, gauzy, two-dimensional, geometric shapes define the story and characters that will appeal to young readers. (Picture book. 3-7)