Thidwick the Big-hearted Moose (Dr.Seuss Classic Collection)

 
9780001716070: Thidwick the Big-hearted Moose (Dr.Seuss Classic Collection)

Thidwick the big-hearted moose is happy his antlers "can be of some use" to a menagerie of animals who move in and make themselves at home. "A host has to put up with all kinds of pests. For a host, above all, must be kind to his guests." Packed with all the ingredients that have made Dr. Seuss so well loved over the last 50 years -- riotous rhyme, bizarre creatures, zany artwork, off-the-wall humour, -- this engaging fable about selfishness and selflessness is vintage Seuss at its very best.

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Illus. in color. The story of a moose who was too hospitable for his own good "is told in verses which march in double-quick time. The pictures are scenes of happy confusion."-- The New York Times.  

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Review:

This classic Seuss title stars a happy-looking quadruped from the shores of Lake Winna-Bango who has the most amazing antlers and the kindest disposition. Alas! Everyone, but everyone, takes advantage of his generosity, and before long he has three-quarters of the animal kingdom nesting in the convenient perches atop his head. ("They asked in a fox, who jumped in from the trees, / They asked in some mice and they asked in some fleas.") You might think someone would take pity, but nobody seems to like an oddball, and all Thidwick gets for his trouble is complaints and contempt. Unable to cross the lake when winter threatens, he looks all set to starve--and then things get even worse. He is saved from certain death just in time, swims the lake, and joins the herd again. One reason this Seuss is so good: it has a moral, but the moral isn't pressed too far and the exuberant linguistic fun isn't subservient to it. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr

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