A Moose in a Maple Tree (Softcover)

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Author: Troy Townsin
Jennifer Harrington

Polyglot Publishing


11.5" x 11.5"

32 pages

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.

Partial proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Make-A-Wish Canada.

“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

"A Moose in a Maple Tree is a must-have for children, tourists, Canadians living abroad and anyone who is looking forward to a white Christmas in this wonderful country."- Black Bond Books

"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.

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  • 5
    for Canadians near and far

    Posted by Marie on 29th Dec 2012

    I have friends that live in the USA and I love how this book reminds them of what it is like to be Canadian. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 5
    Great book!

    Posted by Holly Klitch on 27th Nov 2012

    Your books are all wonderful! Each one keeps the kids as well as us entertained. Keep up the good work!!! Merry Christmas!!! It was so nice to me you!

  • 5
    Excellent Canadian book!!

    Posted by Sherry Gulley on 27th Nov 2011

    I love all the Canadian creatures and symbols which are used in the book. The illustrations are well done and very colourful. I would recommend it for any Canadian school library. I am looking forward to the new books. Thanks

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