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Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss
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Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948)

by Dr. Seuss

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When a moose gives a Bingle Bug a ride on his horns, he unwillingly becomes host to a large number of freeloading pests.
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    Don't Make Fun! by Bernard Wiseman (lquilter)
    lquilter: Dr. Seuss' Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, and Don't Make Fun by Bernard Wiseman, are both stories about characters trapped by their duties as host, and confronted by terrible guests.
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This is such a lovely story about 'big-heartedness' - recommended for children of all ages! ( )
  ReneePaule | Jan 23, 2018 |
This book is featured on this week's Shabby Sunday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/09/03/shabby-sunday-thidwick-the-big-hearte...

Thidwick spends most of his days munching on tender moose-moss, until a Bingle Bug comes along and expects a ride. Of course, Thidwick can’t turn him down and offers him a home on his antlers. Then comes a tree spider, Zinn-a-zu Bird, a squirrel family, and many more creatures expecting a ride. Thidwick’s virtue of kindness takes over.

“A host has to put up with all kinds of pests. For a host, above all, must be kind to his guests.”

Thidwick is stuck in a dangerous situation and must go it alone, but his guests don’t want to leave. What should Thidwick do?

This story reminds me of Aesop’s Fables and has a moral lesson of kindness. Children will ask, “Why did Thidwick toss his antlers with all the creatures still on them?” They’ll learn that kindness can only go so far. When kindness starts to hurt you, the kind-hearted person, physically or emotionally, you may need to walk away from the situation and start caring about yourself.

My hardback copy is the 1948 edition and a previous library book stamped in Chicago, IL. I bought it at a used book sale years ago. The book is colorful and written with the familiar rhyming poetry as other Dr. Seuss books. This is a great book to add to your children’s collection!

My rating on this one is 5-stars. ( )
  Mischenko | Nov 30, 2017 |
a big hearted moose is being chased around but he ends up making friends
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  TUCC | Jan 23, 2017 |
Well gosh. I think the uninvited 'horn-guests' would have been better off if they'd been (politely) asked to leave. Thidwick shouldn't be teaching kids to be a doormat! And please note, these are antlers, not horns. Antlers shed & regrow annually, horns are permanent. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Summary:In this story by Dr. Seuss, Thidwick, a moose, finds himself in a sticky situation. At first, a bug asked if he could rest on Thidwick’s horns and of course Thidwick said yes. He was happy to have a guest and didn’t mind hosting the bug for a little while. However, before Thidwick knew it, he had more guests than he anticipated and he didn’t know how to politely turn them away. Eventually, Thidwick was hosting many different species who were taking advantage of his thorns. For example, one bird picked out the hairs on his head to make a nest out of them. This bird didn’t even ask Thidwick if it was okay, instead he told him that they will grow back eventually. Each time something like this happened or another guest appeared, Thidwick was too polite to say anything. His moose friends decided that they didn’t want to hang out with Thidwick because of all his guests and left him without anyone. Thidwick wasn’t able to find any food either because it was across a river that his guests wouldn’t let him cross. Consequently, some hunters came and tried to get Thidwick for his horns. Thidwick wasn’t able to outrun them since he had so much weight on his horns. Luckily, he was growing new horns so his old ones fell off just in time to let him cross the river and get away from the hunters.

Review: I thought this book was well written and had a great message behind the story. This book clearly showed the main message that people shouldn't be greedy when something is offered to them and that it is important to be considerate of others. In this case, the guests on Thidwick’s horn were not being considerate of him; they were taking advantage of his horns without asking him if it was okay. For example, a woodpecker pecked holes throughout Thidwick’s horns and then offered to let a family of squirrels live in them. Each time a new guest arrived it was because the other animals told them it was okay to live there without asking Thidwick. Dr. Seuss clearly illustrated that this was taking a toll on Thidwick; his friends left him, he had no food, and he was getting tired with all the weight on him. I think the ending was well deserved though because Thidwick was able to get away from the hunters and to the other side of the river to get food. Overall, this book showed how it is important to not take advantage of someone and to be considerate of their feelings. ( )
  jbaile14 | Oct 24, 2014 |
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Extra moose moss for Helen
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Up at Lake Winna-Bango . . . the far northern shore . . .
Lives a huge herd of moose, about sixty or more,
And they all go around in a big happy bunch
Looking for nice tender moose-moss to munch.
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But a host, above all, must be nice to his guests.
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copyright renewed 1975

ISBN:978-0-375-87234-1
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