Thidwick, The Big-hearted Moose

Thidwick, The Big-hearted Moose

Book - 1975
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When a moose gives a Bingle Bug a ride on his horns, he unwillingly becomes host to a large number of freeloading pests.
Publisher: New York : Random House , 1975, c1948.
Random House 1948
Edition: Book club ed.
ISBN: 9780394800868
0394800869
Branch Call Number: JE/SEUS
Characteristics: [41] p. : ill. ; 29 cm.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 06, 2014

I was hoping for something a little different from this book. Thidwick, is a moose who is taken advantage of by every animal imaginable as they move in to their new home (Thidwick's antlers). They don't ask him. They simply move in. Soon it becomes a terrible problem for Thidwick, but he doesn't want to send his "guests away" even when it means he can't follow the herd and he must face starvation. Then the hunters come. He can't run because his antlers are now too heavy.

In the end, Thidwick does not solve his own problem. His antlers fall off as they do every year taking the "guests" with him. So kids cannot learn how to deal with unwanted "guests" from this story. The moral is your problems will take care of themselves? Or that someone bigger and badder will come along and take care of them for you? The final page shows the antlers mounted on a wall of the hunters with all the guests (animals) now dead and stuffed while Thidwick trots happily off to his friends.

I would hope for a better moral for a children's story. Especially with a title like "The Big Hearted Moose." Thidwick is not big hearted, he is merely a sucker who gets taken advantage of. I was disappointed with this story, the moral and the rhyming which was terribly off in several places. I love Dr. Seuss, but this will not be in my favorites pile.

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mmcbeth29
Oct 06, 2014

Violence: hunters kill animals in the end. Shows the dead animals on the wall.

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