Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose
Reading level: Ages 4 - 8
True to the title, Thidwick is a big hearted moose who has a hard time saying the word “no” when anyone imposes on his generosity. His inability to decline anyone’s request leaves him with half of the animal kingdom living on top of his head, protected by his enormous antlers. Thidwick’s quality of life starts to suffer as a result of his untamable generosity, and soon he’s forced to remember himself with his generosity.
As with a few Dr. Seuss books, there is a few pages that are unexpectantly dark with what happens to the animals on the very last page.
- Being generous.
- Taking advantage of others.
- Being lazy doesn't pay.
After reading some questions to ask your kids:
- Have you ever seen a moose?
- Why were the animals in the wrong?
- What happens when we are generous and other take advantage of it?
Want more? Check out our Thidwick The Big Hearted Moose Lesson Plan or just click the PDF file below.
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In 1986 a russian animated film titled Welcome was adapted from this book. It was done with painted-on-glass techniques and won the 1988 Grand Prix at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. You can view the film below (it is in Russian).