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It is fall, and Beaver must make his winter house. Squirrel must hide acorns. Rabbit must gather bark and twigs. But Moose has nothing busy to do. How can Moose feel useful and important too? Set in the secure world of the woods, these gentle stories for beginning readers reveal the promise of enterprise in us all, as Moose sets out to find just what he is good at doing. Humorous tales takes the reader and Moose on a seasonal adventure. Come and see how busy a busy, busy moose can be!
In the middle of the wide Argentine pampas there once grew a magic tree. Above this tree slept a bird so evil it could stop the rain from falling. And not far from this tree lived a brave boy who one day set out to save his village and all the creatures from dying of thirst. Illustrated with charming folk-art-like paintings and retold with simplicity and drama, this legend of a child's courage and faith explains why Argentineans believe that good luck can be found in the shade of a carob tree.
Moose has good friends in the woodland: Beaver, Squirrel, Rabbit, and Mouse. Together they count snowflakes, help one another out of fixes, and make practically perfect creatures out of snow. Set in the secure world of the woods, these tender, funny stories for beginning readers celebrate the simple joys of having friends both trusty and true. And the delicately silly illustrations capture the foibles and idiosyncrasies of each woodland creature, from Moose's skinny legs to Rabbit's long, floppy ears.
Shingebiss, the little merganser duck, could always find plenty to eat. In all seasons, the Great Lake was full of fish for him to catch. But one bitter cold year, the lake freezes over as solid as stone, and Shingebiss must find a way to fish through the ice. And to do that, he must face the fierce Winter Maker. Gracefully told and illustrated with vigorous full-color woodcuts, this ancient Ojibwe story captures all the power of winter on the coldest of northern nights and all the courage of a small being who refuses to see winter as his enemy. Passed down for generations by a people who perceive nature as a teacher, this story shows that those who follow the ways of Shingebiss will always have plenty to eat, no matter how hard the great wind of Winter Maker blows.
Rhyming text asks what happens to different animals and plants "when winter comes and the cold winds blow."
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