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Author: Morris, T. Richard
Illustrator: Lichtenheld, Tom
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Year Published: May 6 2015
ISBN: 978-1619635739
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten

This is a Moose

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Moose is being filmed for a documentary on, what else, moose! (Did you realize that the plural of moose is…well, moose?). The problem is that Moose, not content with depicting typical moose-like behaviour, states his intention to become an astronaut. Furious with this un-moose-like goal the director calls, “Cut!”, and gives Moose the expectations of his role – to be a large, hoofed woodland animal. The next scene is invaded by Moose’s grandmother, who always wanted to be a lacrosse goalie. Further takes are foiled by a giraffe who wants to be a doctor, who gets together with Grandmother Moose to send Moose into space. At this point, the director’s frustrations peak and he begins shouting and insisting that all animals start “playing their proper roles” as animals. Fade out…to find that the director is a duck. After some thought, the duck begins to see the world a bit differently, and they all set off to support Moose. Large text in speech bubbles are lettered in a way to depict the directors increasing frustration, and the comical illustrations keep pace with the story. Perfect to springboard into discussions about stereotyping and marching to a different drummer.

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