Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Busy, Busy Moose

Busy, Busy Moose

Nancy Van Laan
Illustrator:  Amy Rusch 
For ages 6 to 8
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2003   ISBN: 978-0395960912

One day Moose notices that the leaves on the trees are turning “gold and red and brown” and that he can see his breath in the air. He knows that these signs indicate that it is fall and he goes to tell Beaver and his other friends.

Moose soon finds out that Beaver, Squirrel, and Rabbit all know that it is fall and they are very busy getting ready for winter. Moose does not need to store food, a make a warm home for himself. In fact, he has nothing at all to do and it does not feel right.

The something extraordinary happens and suddenly Moose is very busy indeed.

In this delightful and charming chapter book, young readers can go on a seasonal journey with Moose and his friends. They will see how Moose’s role in his community changes from fall to winter, to spring, to summer, and then back to fall. Moose discovers that he has several roles that he can play, and he also learns that being a good friend is very rewarding.