A Moose at the Bus Stop, written and illustrated by Terry Cook, is a fun rhyming story about a moose that visits kids as they wait for the bus to school. The story begins with the daughter coming home from school to tell her mother the exciting news of the moose that came to their bus stop. The girl describes the moose and the feelings and actions of the kids in this adventure. Of course, her mother is skeptical that this is a true story – a wild beast that sits calmly letting kids hang their belongings from its antlers, really? If only she had proof. It’s a sweet story with a cute ending.
Children will relate to the idea of a moose come to play with them and serve as a hat rack to store their clothing, lunches, and such while they play and wait for the bus. It’s natural for kids to let their imaginations run wild. It’s also not surprising that the girl’s mother wouldn’t believe her fanciful tale. Of course, most parents love to hear the stories their kids have made up to while away their waiting time. There’s never a dull moment with a vivid imagination.
Terry Cook illustrated her book with what looks like “crayon” or colored pencil artwork, which totally appeals to children. Her pictures are realistic enough to convey the story and the emotions of the characters, but “cartoonish” enough to be entertaining and silly. At every point in the story it’s clear what’s happening and how each character is feeling.
Teachers, parents and children will all enjoy this rhyming story. It will be a fun read aloud for all. Each stanza begins with a two word introduction, such as:
Mom! Mom! Moose! Moose! Trees! Trees! Wild! Wild! Scared! Scared! Then the story unfolds as follows:
Mom! Mom! Moose! Moose!
I’ve something to tell you! A moose at my bus stop!
I’ve something to say— A great hairy beast.
I want you to listen. I am not pretending—
It happened today! Twelve feet tall at least!
The ending is perfect. The story is accompanied by "Moose Fun Facts" at the end for further discussion.
Available from Guardian Angel Publishing: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/moose.htm