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Wade’s Wiggly Antlers

Bradford, Louise (Author)
Battuz, Christine (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2017. 32 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781771386159 (hardcover)
9781771388931 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, 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

Description:

When Wade, a young moose, notices the first wiggle of his antlers, he runs home to his mom for gentle reassurance. Told with onomatopoeic language, Wade’s story shows him revelling in the ways his antlers look like trumpets. “Doot too da too!” he cheers, his animal friends following behind “tooting imaginary horns and rat-a-tat-tat-ing make-believe drums.”

Wade worries about losing his antlers, the process of change and growing up. Handled with humour, Wade’s experience shows that trying to stay the same is not much fun at all. Finally, “Wade realized it was time for his antlers to go!” Only now the bothersome antlers won’t come off. He jiggles them, he bounces, he does jumping jacks.

Fun illustrations use soft colours, simple shapes and patterns to create homey scenes. In one double-page spread, Wade and his friends slide down a white-speckled mountain, with the cloudy sky behind them and conical green trees topped with snow dotting the bottom of the page. In another illustration, Wade’s new antlers are coming in, first the size of “fuzzy acorns,” then a “pair of nut-a-pults” and “then coat hooks,” each image showing how he’s growing up.

When Wade accepts changes will come in their own time, he doesn’t mind losing his antlers. He realizes that jumping into life head-first is the best choice—even if it means growing up and sprouting a new pair of antlers.

  •  Discuss what you know about animal antlers and horns. When do they grow? How long do animals keep them for?
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    Wade is eager to keep his antlers and does all that he can to ensure that they don't fall off. Have you ever tried to prevent something from happening even though you knew it was inevitable?

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    Once Wade is tired of his antlers, he is ready to be “done” with them. Compare how Wade feels to how you feel when you are about to lose a tooth.

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    Wade has many uses for his antlers. At the end, he has even greater uses for his antlers. Imagine you have Wade’s new antlers and list some things you could use them for.

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    Discuss which animals have antlers. When do they grow? How long do animals keep them?

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    Discuss the activities that Wade participates in with his friends and without them. Add these words to your personal picture dictionary.

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    Compare how Wade feels about losing his antlers to how you feel when you have a loose tooth.

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    In the same style, create a mini-book about the activities you do or don’t do when you have a loose tooth.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health