Finding Moose by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria

Finding Moose by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria. Pajama Press, 2022. 9781772782448

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Realistic picture book

What did you like about the book? A little boy narrates a walk in the woods with his grandpa. They find fresh moose droppings and walk softly in hopes of seeing a moose in person. They hear the call of a chickadee and the hammering of a woodpecker, and see a chipmunk and a beaver, but no moose. Along the way, Grandpa tells the boy the Ojibwemowin words for the animals and plants they find. Finally, just as they get home: “Mooz!”

This is a sweet tale of exploring nature with a grandparent, enriched by the grandfather’s observations and Ojibwemowin words. The boy and his grandfather present as indigenous people, adding to a growing number of children’s books which feature native cultures from around North America. Endpapers have a pictorial glossary, with English, Ojibwemowin and pronunciations.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The illustrations, to my eye, do not add much to the narrative. The art uses a pastel palette which is seemingly out of sync with the forest setting, and objects seem two dimensional.

To whom would you recommend this book? For families who enjoy books which incorporate nature walks or grandparents, with kids ages3-5.

Who should buy this book? An additional purchase for Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: April 19, 2022

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