An interesting story that hits on an issue I see a lot of in my kindergarten class – what if your friend doesn't go along with what you want to do?
Summary from Amazon.com
Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It's fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred's pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred's pet doesn't quite realize that he belongs to anyone.
A moose can be obstinate in such ways.
Fortunately, the two manage to work out a compromise. Let's just say it involves apples.
This Moose Belongs to Me was written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. It was published by Philomel Books in 2012.
My Thoughts as a Writer:
I really loved the way Wilfred’s rules became part of the story. The scene where Wilfred claims the moose really shows Wilfred’s personality. This a great example of a picture book where the story told in the illustrations is different and even opposite to the one told by the text.
Using real paintings as a backdrop in the illustrations layered with a more modern digital techiques was interested. I loved the way Wilfred’s clothing and bowtie fit with his somewhat rigid view of the moose and their relationship at the beginning of the story.
My Thoughts as a Teacher:
This book would be a good one for introducing a discussion about compromise, how friends may have different expectations about play, and how an individual cannot control another person’s behavior. It would also be wonderful for discussing the relationship between humans and wild animals.
Themes: nature, compromise, friendship
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: K- grade 3
- Make a list of ways that the moose does and does not act like a “pet”, or the way Wilfred expected.
- What do you think of Wilfred’s rules? Discuss. Create you own list of rules for having a pet.
- Do some research about moose. Where do they live? What do they eat?
- Draw a picture or write about your favorite page in the story.
- Paint a landscape that shows the habitat for your favorite animal.