The Big-hearted Moose

Book - 1975
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Join one of Dr. Seuss's most giving characters in the classic picture book Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. Poor Thidwick's generosity proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, and soon everyone, from a tiny Bingle Bug to a huge bear, is taking advantage of our antlered hero. With Seuss's rhyming text and endearing illustrations, this beloved story about a kindhearted moose and the bullies that make a home on his horns is an ideal way to introduce children to the invaluable concept of self-respect.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1975
ISBN: 9780394900865
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Call Number: E SEUSS, D


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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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Oct 06, 2014

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


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