What I have a big problem with is the passive-aggressive story line. Sure, teach your kids to be nice to bullies, but in my house, you cannot complain about a problem if you're not going to do something about it. Thidwick didn't do anything about it. It's the equivalent of a child getting teased on the playground and then a Teacher walks around the corner and stops the teasing before it gets any worse.
I would have liked to see Thidwick being assertive with his "guests" and standing up for himself. I know I'm overreacting and that it's a kids book and I'm probably reading too much into it. But I teach my children the importance of sticking up for themselves and being assertive and I feel like this book gives no good solution that translates into real life. I was also surprisingly disgusted with the pictures of the squirrels living in the holes in Thidwick's antlers. Jan 08, Ronyell rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Children ages 5 and up. Shelves: animal-books , creepy-ending.
Seuss has indeed made the moral of the story extremely straightforward as he tries to explain to children that while it is good to be kind towards people, sometimes you have to stand up for yourself if you feel like the person is taking too much advantage of you.
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I love the way that Dr. I would recommend this book for children ages five and up since the writing format is easy for younger children to read, but very small children might be upset at the disturbing ending. Mar 04, Bianca Greco rated it it was amazing. I'm a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, I think his books are witty and fun and can be read to children of any grade level. I can't believe I've never stumbled across this book until just recently, the moral of the story is that it's important to be kind, but there is a fine line between being kind and too kind. The book did have some tongue twisters, but overall it was an easier read.
In the book, the moose named Thidwick lets a bug hop a ride on his antlers. Shortly after the bug hitched a ride several o I'm a huge fan of Dr. Shortly after the bug hitched a ride several other animals hopped on his antlers. Pretty soon the number of animals on his antlers has multiplied and now so many animals call his antlers home.
Poor Thidwick is stuck in a situation because he was so kind and hospitable he let all the animals live as guest on his antlers. He wants to be polite to his guest and finds it hard to stick up for himself! The animals begin to take over and dictate his life! Thidwick doesn't know what to do until he is being chased by hunters and he has to make a decision! I thought the ending was humorous but I could see how others wouldn't agree. I think this would be a great book to use to teach children that it is important that we are kind and nice to each other but be sure to stick up for yourself when you are feeling like someone is taking advantage of your kindness.
Seuss never disappoints. In this lesser-known tale, Thidwick is too nice to say no to all the bugs and animals that want to live in his antlers. But this has some serious consequences, like not being able to get to the moose moss he needs to survive. And then some hunters from the Harvard Club come after him shooting guns! This is getting real. Luckily, Thidwick teaches us all a lesson that moose shed their antlers once a year, and the hunters kill all the animals nesting in his antlers inst Dr.
Luckily, Thidwick teaches us all a lesson that moose shed their antlers once a year, and the hunters kill all the animals nesting in his antlers instead. And mount them on their walls. A little grisly for Seuss, but I like it. This book would make an excellent gift for people who have trouble saying no. A good reminder for us all. Jan 14, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: read-to-cass.
I found this quite difficult to read, some real tongue twisters in it, Moose-moss was mentioned a number of times and I said something different each time. Thidwick is one of those who always gets taken advantage off and do feel sorry for him. I do have a question for all you moose experts out there; Does a moose lose it's horns each year? Cos Dr. Seuss seems to think they do. I thought I was going to dislike this book especially its about a moose but I was so wrong! I absolutely love this book and that ending was demented and dark.
I was not expecting that coming from Dr. Seuss but clearly he believes in karma and payback. I loved the illustrations and that ending was totally unexpected!! Thidwick the moose is following this herd as they are crossing the northern part of the Lake Winna-Bingo. As they are walking, a bug comes and ask Thidwick if he could rest for a whi I thought I was going to dislike this book especially its about a moose but I was so wrong! As they are walking, a bug comes and ask Thidwick if he could rest for a while on his antlers and Thidwick says no problem you are more than welcome.
After that bug, that welcoming gesture will take advantage as more animals arrive and rest in Thidwick antlers. Each time an animal come back whether it be a bird, squirrel, or even a bear and they see other creatures on his antlers they want to be a part of the fun as if Thidwick's antlers are like a hotel suit for these animals.
What also doesn't help is Thidwick confuses the term of addressing these animals as guests and that being a host you have to be kind and welcoming to these guests. No, they are guests they are absolutely hoarders manipulating you to become a slave while they enjoy the free accommodations.
What gets worst in the story is the other moose don't want anything to do with Thidwick because of the animals that are taking up space in his antlers and if Thidwick doesn't cross the lake, he won't be able to eat food and survive the winter. Then out of nowhere bullets are flying everywhere and you realize it is hunters who are from Harvard who want to kill Thidwick.
He cannot run as quick as he would like because of the other animals but when he is cornered and on the brink of death he realizes something that twists the story completely. Apparently every year, a moose will lose his horns so that way new antlers can grow and when he comprehends that thought, he removes his antlers making the animals fly towards the hunters and they get killed and stuffed while Thidwick joins the rest of the herd.
I thought the storyline was brilliant and not your typical story. I was slowly developing sad emotions because I thought they were going to kill the moose and have Dr. Seuss deal with that message but I realize Dr. Seuss doesn't bring death or violence in his children's book but still that ending caught me by surprise. Normally if this was any other book or a Disney book, they wouldn't kill the animals. They would simply be upset or find a new animal to bother but obviously Dr.
Seuss wants to make the point of not letting others walk all over you and misuse your kindness. Oct 18, Bettie rated it liked it Recommends it for: esther. Shelves: autumn , kiddlewinks , poetry. Isn't it great having a book read out loud. Be wary of those that take undue advantage of your kindness, they can become a burden so shake your antlers free once in a while.
Esther, you should read on youtube for us. View 1 comment. Jan 18, jiji rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books. Thidwick is a pushover of a moose who lets a bunch of animals live on his antlers. Big-hearted is a nice way of saying he's a wimp. He's pretty unhappy about the situation but too passive to stand up for himself except he tells himself it's because one must always be polite to guests.
He lets a family of birds and squirrels, a bear, a bobcat and a fox among others squat on his antlers. Eventually, Thidwick's fellow moose friends decide it's time to cross the lake to the south side so they ca Thidwick is a pushover of a moose who lets a bunch of animals live on his antlers. Eventually, Thidwick's fellow moose friends decide it's time to cross the lake to the south side so they can keep eating fresh moss.
They don't have time for the ridiculous situation going on on Thidwick's head, so they basically leave him behind to starve on the north side of the lake, where winter has set in and there is no fresh moss to be had. Despite the fact that Thidwick is going to starve to death if he doesn't cross the lake, all his squatters take a vote to stay on the north side.
Suddenly, when Thidwick is on the verge of crossing the lake, it dawns on him that it's that time of year when moose shed their antlers.
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So instead of standing up for himself, Thidwick gets rid of his antlers and all his squatters go flying in the air, and we can only assume they will eventually end up in Lake Winna-Bango, and I'm really not sure if Bobcats and squirrels can swim, so this is potentially a violent end for the squatters. Yeah, I know Thidwick is a wimp and doesn't deserve five stars. He never stands up for himself, and instead of firmly telling his squatters they need to leave, he basically chooses to suddenly possibly murder them. And then he swims to the other side of the lake and meets up with the herd of moose that left him behind to starve.
And yet Very thrilling stuff. Plus, Thidwick's revenge is sweet, if not very big-hearted. As a lifelong Dr. Seuss fan and having been obsessed with moose as a child , I can't believe it took me until now to read this one! Even though I wish Thidwick had stood up for himself a little more, I love the story's lesson about taking advantage of people's kindness, and the twist at the end was a great laugh. Seuss seems also to have exercised some relative restraint in making up his own words for this book, which I don't consider a positive or a negative, but that may draw in those readers As a lifelong Dr.
Seuss seems also to have exercised some relative restraint in making up his own words for this book, which I don't consider a positive or a negative, but that may draw in those readers who have been turned off by Seuss'--ahem--inventiveness. If you enjoy Dr.
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Seuss but haven't dabbled much beyond his more well-known books, give this one a try! It might be cause i'm currently emotionally compromised, but i cried for thidwick at one point!! Mar 06, babyhippoface rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , kids-picture-books. This is a Seuss story I missed in my childhood and only read for the first time this week. Somehow, it seems Dr. Seuss wrote a metaphor for way back in Thidwick the moose is happy to give a ride on his horns to a little bug who asks nicely. No problem. Can't even feel him up there. And the spider who asks the bug if he thinks the moose would mind if he rode along, too?
Thidwick probably wouldn't have noticed him up there, either. But it goes downhill from there as a bird builds a nest This is a Seuss story I missed in my childhood and only read for the first time this week. But it goes downhill from there as a bird builds a nest between his horns from the hairs he plucks from Thidwick's head, then brings in his new wife and her uncle, who happens to be a horn-drilling woodpecker.
Before long, poor Thidwick's horns are home to so many animals that he is carrying around pounds of extra weight made up of ungrateful, rude boarders who do not see him as a big-hearted moose but as an unfair landlord. When winter comes, they refuse to let Thidwick cross the river to a place where there is moose-moss to munch. Without it, Thidwick will starve. But that's not their concern.
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How dare he move them to the other side of the river. His horns are their home, after all, he's got no right to move around as he pleases! As if things aren't bad enough, hunters appear, determined to make Thidwick's horns their newest Harvard Club wall mount. Luckily for Thidwick, he remembers a very important animal fact just in time to save his skin. Boy, those animals are annoying with their entitlement mindset and refusal to see that they do not have a right to be in Thidwick's horns, that he is a patient and benevolent benefactor okay, he's too meek to stand up for himself and they are using and abusing him for their own selfish purposes with no thought to what he wants or needs.
I was surprised but not displeased! Kind of harsh for kid-lit these days.
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It puts me in mind of Jon Klaasen's I Want My Hat Back , a book that, as far as vengeful endings go, is without equal these days and is fantastic, as well. Oct 06, Emmaline MacBeath rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-books-read. 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 doe I was hoping for something a little different from this book.
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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.
I was disappointed with this story, the moral and the rhyming which was terribly off in several places. Seuss, but this will not be in my favorites pile. Feb 21, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: read-alouds , animals , picture-books , moose.
Thidwick the Moose allows a Bingle Bug to make itself at home in his antlers. Before long, a whole collection of creatures take up residence in his antlers causing Thidwick a great amount of discomfort and danger. In the end, he sheds his antlers and rids himself of his rude houseguests. I liked the twist that involves Thidwick shedding his antlers. It comes at just the right point in the story as Thidwick's future looks hopeless with all of this animals atop his head. Though it is lengthy, this Thidwick the Moose allows a Bingle Bug to make itself at home in his antlers.
Though it is lengthy, this is one of Seuss's better read aloud titles, especially for upper elementary school grades. Sep 14, Maggie Needham rated it really liked it Shelves: little-kid-books. What a wonderful lesson. Dec 30, Mike rated it it was amazing Recommended to Mike by: Shannon. The horrifying perils of politeness and thoughtfulness will keep you up at night.
Nov 27, Delaney Mickelsen rated it liked it Shelves: t-l , animal-books , picture-books. Seuss often writes silly rhyming stories with serious lessons, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose is no exception. Thidwick learns this when he cannot say no to the overflow of guests wanting to reside on his antlers.
At first, he is being kind, and it is no problem; but towards the end, his kindne Dr. At first, he is being kind, and it is no problem; but towards the end, his kindness begins to cause him physical and emotional pain. The reader learns along with Thidwick that it is good to be kind and courteous to others, but it is important to learn to say no when this kindness would cause harm to yourself. Even further, the rude guests teach the reader that it is extremely hurtful to take advantage of the kindness of others.
Though the lessons are important and serious, Dr. Seuss reveals them skillfully with playful illustrations, silly rhymes, and a heartwarming moose. Not necessarily for littles, this Seuss story is post WWII, and full of commentary about, well, any number of things. Some say it's a condemnation of unchecked immigration, or even all immigration. Others will talk about its lesson of being too accommodating overall - the no good deed goes unpunished idea. Reader Resources. Search This Website. Volunteers needed in October! Click here to sign up. Printer-friendly version.
Have you read other Dr. Seuss books? If so, what is your favorite one? Cut moose antlers out of construction paper. Draw and cut out birds, bugs, and other animals. Paste these critters on the antlers you've made. Make a bird's nest using strips of construction paper and yarn.