Author: Kelly Bingham
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, February 28, 2012
Age: 4 - 8 years
Theme: Alphabets, Emotions, Friendship
Opening: A is for Apple.
Summary: Z is for Zebra. Zebra is absolutely certain he’ll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It’s the ABCs, for goodness’ sake. How difficult can it be?
Zebra forgot about moose.
Resources: Reading Is Fundamental has resource links that include educator guides, extension activities and parent resources.
Follow Moose as he travels around the earth on his very own blog! http://mooseonearth.com/
Why I Like This Book: This is a really cute and different kind of alphabet book. The alphabets are coming together for a show and Moose is excited and anxious to be a part. So anxious that he manages to put himself on almost every page, ruining everyone else's part. Moose is crushed when another animal is chosen to represent the letter M. He is so mad that, true to a toddler's nature when they don't get their way, has a tantrum all over the stage, stomping on letters, scratching out words, draw over pictures until he begins to cry. A sympathetic Zebra finds a way to calm Moose and give his time in the spot light. Moose reminds me of the many different children I have had the fortune to teach and care for. He is enthusiastic, impatient, and oblivious of the ruckus he is causing the other letters on the different pages. Children will relate to Moose and find his antics funny.