One of the things I miss about not working in childcare anymore is that I don’t often get to read out loud to anyone these days. It’s such a special way to share a story, and I have so many happy childhood memories tied to getting stories read out loud to me by so many different people. Everyone has their own way to read out-loud, the same story can be a completely different experience. And reading a story out-loud to different people causes for a different experience — the interaction between you, the words, and the person you are reading to help to shape the story in very cool ways.
Sometimes you come across a book that just begs to be read to someone else, and This Is A Moose, is just one of those books. Not to mention that Reading a book out-loud is part of the Read Harder challenge!
Thankfully, I have a mom who is willing to have me read to her. Sure, I’d more or less just made it so she couldn’t go anywhere or do anything for a while by painting her nails for her but… still… she wasn’t a completely captive audience….
Anyhow! This Is A Moose, by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld is a great story! A picture books about, well, the making of a documentary about Moose. I don’t want to give the story away, bu tI will say that I see it as a fun story about identity, self, and refusing to be confined by others expectations of how you “should” be.
I highly recommend this book — and if you can find someone to read it to you — or someone you can read it to — that’s even better!