Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

A Moose That Says Moooooooooo

Truesdale, Sue (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780374350581 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

When a little girl imagines her own zoo, things get a little out of hand. A moose says “Moo,” sharks munch the books they are reading underwater, bears drive cars and sheep jump rope. As day turns to night, more mayhem ensues, with pillow fights and a “tap-dancing singing pig show.” Otters oink and chipmunks chirp as the zany chaotic chain of events in the make-believe zoo spirals out of control. Finally, the little girl decides to take back the “moo” and undo all the unfolding wildness. Until the next time she goes on a flight of fancy.

Language has a wonderful rhythm and rhyme in its matter of fact phrasings of wacky events. “The pigs, quite surprised at this turn of events,/would scamper and squeal and knock over a fence./The fence would crash into an all-duck jazz band./And this is where things would get way out of hand.” With momentum and verve, the little girl’s voice propels the story forward.

Energetic images fill the pages and are a wonderful accompaniment to text. The pen-and-ink watercolour paintings are crammed with humorous details and movement. We can almost hear the pigs sing as they lift their little legs and grasp their canes on the raised stage.

Highly imaginative and loads of fun, this rollicking adventure of a little girl’s fantasy will have children giggling with side-splitting laughter.

  •  

    Examine the title page. How many different animals can you spot in the illustration? After reading the book, refer back to the title page and discuss its significance.

  •  

    Draw a map of the zoo that the girl imagines.

  •  

    Choose one of the animals in the story. Write a paragraph about living in the zoo from the animal’s point of view.

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    Brainstorm a list of animals and a list of unlikely animal activities (playing a video game or diving off a diving board) and write them on slips of paper. Draw one animal and one activity from a hat and act it out. See if your classmates can guess what you are and what you are doing.

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the characters, setting and artwork. Discuss how to make predictions from one page to the other. How is it possible or difficult to predict?

  •  

    During a read-aloud, notice how the text is constructed.

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    With a partner, retell the story using a mind map. Compare your story with another team’s. Add to your map to create a fuller story. Repeat with a different partner.

  •  

    If you could invent your own zoo, restaurant or school, what would you write and draw?

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
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