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Author: Troy Townsin
Illustrator: Jennifer Harrington
Publisher: Polyglot Publishing
Size: 9.5" x 10"
Hardcover: 32 pages
Just released in hardcover with revised illustrations. This best-selling children’s book is already a favourite of people young and old around the globe and its lyrics have been sung in classrooms and assemblies across the country. The book’s endearing use of iconic Canadianisms provides a great tool for young readers developing memory recognition and learning to count. Its comical ending, with all the characters in the tree, provides a captivating look-and-find.
“Wonderful Book” - Robert Munsch
“Great book. Great pictures. 100% Canadian” – Don Cherry
“Teachers will only be limited by their imaginations in how to incorporate the story into their early years' classrooms: to foster ideas about Canada and its symbols, as a template for creating the class's own multicultural version, beginning numeracy, art projects or school assemblies to name but a few.” 4/4 stars CM Magazine
"There are many versions of the classic 12 Days of Christmas however this one takes the cake for those of us living in Canada and perhaps more so, for those Canadians living away....Children will enjoy singing along to the original tune as they count to 12 with the grand finale showing all objects in the maple tree as one of the beavers chews away at the trunk of the tree. This book is a great way to enjoy this festive season with a touch of Canadiana." - Benjamin's Books
"First of all, let me just say that part of the proceeds from this book go towards “Make-A-Wish Canada” and it was not only published in Canada, but printed here as well, so you can feel guilt-free when you purchase A Moose in a Maple Tree for your classroom, your school library, or as a gift. This is a fun, charming book that transforms the traditional “Partridge in a Pear Tree” carol into a Canadian “Twelve Days of Christmas”. You will have the entire class singing the repetitive, catchy verses in no time. Haven’t come up with a song for the Christmas pageant yet? A Moose in a Maple Tree would definitely bring the house down. It would also be quite fun to play with the song in the classroom by assigning each lyric to a pair of students and have them come up with an action to fit their lyric, then sing the song with students “acting out” their respective verses. The bright, whimsical illustrations by graphic artist Jennifer Harrington are cute, especially the Atlantic-representing “eight lobsters nipping” and the final illustration of all the song’s characters up in the maple tree with the moose. A Moose in a Maple Tree is a great addition to any teacher’s repertoire of holiday activities and carols, would make a fun gift, especially for friends living abroad, and will hopefully become a national mainstay of the season." - BC Literacy Council of the International Reading Association
A musical version of A Moose in a Maple Tree has been recorded by Canadian ska legend Chris Murray and is available on A Moose in a Maple Tree: A Canadian Christmas Compilation along with many other hits by top Canadian artists. Click here for more details.
Posted by Pat D on 31st Dec 2012
Well done! Such a nice take on a Canadian version of 12 days of Christmas. I'm ordering more to send to friends & family who live abroad.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Dec 2012
The book is great -with lots of fun pictures, combine it with the video on utube and it is spectacular!! The grand kids love it!
Posted by Kim Paulo on 27th Dec 2012
A Moose in a Maple Tree was a huge hit in my daycare this Christmas and we have showed it to many friends and family because we love it so much! My 4 year old pretty much has it memorized and she likes to read it along with the song on the CD. I love the illustrations!