Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

by Dr. Seuss


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Join one of Dr. Seuss's most giving characters in the classic picture book Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. Poor Thidwick's generosity proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, and soon everyone, from a tiny Bingle Bug to a huge bear, is taking advantage of our antlered hero. With Seuss's rhyming text and endearing illustrations, this beloved story about a kindhearted moose and the bullies that make a home on his horns is an ideal way to introduce children to the invaluable concept of self-respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800868
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1948
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 67,945
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose (Dr. Seuss Classics Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with most of the Seuss books, this one is great for kids of ALL ages - great story, illustrations and message. It should be better known!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books as a youth and was my 3 year old son's first favorite. A wonderful story of a moose who is too kind and what he indures because of this. Easily one of the Doctor's best !
MollyD3694 More than 1 year ago
Thidwick is a wonderful childrens book and was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I'm hoping my nephew will enjoy it as much. One of Dr. Seuss' best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thidwick's adventure begins simply enough. He is marching along on the shores of Lake Winna-Bango, on the far northern shore, looking for moose-moss to eat with 60 other moose. A small Bingle Bug nicely asks Thidwick for a ride 'for a way.' Thickwick replies, 'I'm happy to share!' Most of us would have said the same. But what happens when a guest overstays her or his welcome? In Thidwick's case, his horns become a veritable zoo of wildlife. There is a Tree-Spider spinning a web, a Zinn-a-zu Bird who gets married and builds a nest, and their uncle the woodpecker who pecks holes the squirrel family inhabits. And so on it goes, to include a bobcat, turtle, fox, mice, fleas, a big bear . . . and 362 bees! Thidwick is like the horse in Animal Farm. He's providing all of the work and benefit, and everyone is bossing him around. Why, they won't even agree to let him leave with the other moose to find more moose moss. Why is Thidwick willing to put up with this? What are the benefits of having a big heart in this situation? How does Thidwick end up in this mess? Well, having accepted the Bingle Bug, the subsequent guests ignore Thidwick and ask the earlier guests instead if they can move in. Thidwick honors his first commitment, extends it in time and to the new inhabitants. As a result of Thidwick's dilemma, this book provides a good opportunity to discuss sharing with your child . . . and explain the benefits and limits of sharing. Your child will run into people who will try to take advantage. This gives you a chance to ask your child what he or she would do in Thidwick's situation. The story's resolution is a most original and humorous one that makes good use of the mental picture of shedding your onorous burdens. This story is illustrated by Dr. Seuss, as well as written in his best rhyming way. The drawings of the creatures in Thidwick's horns come close to matching many of Dr. Seuss's most imaginative mechanical devices. The horns of this dilemma are funnier than those devices, because this concoction is based on animals and natural processes. The story is a pretty easy one for five to six year olds to learn to read, because many of the words are short and rhyme. The illustrations also 'name' many of the nouns. The humor provides 'hooks' for memorizing the words. I also liked the idea of i
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thidwiwck is a moose with a big heart who hates to tell others no, so when an ant asks him to hitch a ride on his antlers Thidwick gladly welcomes him. It isn't long before several other creatures join and Thidwick finds himself being the host of 15 pests or more! However, he doesn't tell them to leave because they are his guests and that wouldn't be polite. Then, one day a group of hunters begin to shoot at Thidwick who tries to escape but has a difficult time due to the many animals living on his head. Just when Thidwick thinks there is nothing he can do, he remembers that it was about time for his old antlers to fall off so that new ones could grow. He sheds his old antlers and gives them to the pests so that they can keep there home, and everyone is happy.
RayJones63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about how Thidwick the moose deals with some unwanted guests.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We read this book together .... it was about a moose that had guest living in his horns until his horns fell off .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when i was a child and I was very excited to find it so that I can read it to my children.
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tpk More than 1 year ago
Love Dr. Suess books for my children. Haven't come across one that I didn't like. This was no exception.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best children's book on the illegal immigration problem in the US. I realize that it was written sixty years ago, but as I was reading through this book with my son I was struck by its powerful message: be generous and hospitable but know that others will try to take advantage of you. My son objected at numerous points throughout the book to the injustice of those who were taking Thidwick for granted, demanding more and more and denying him the right to pursue what he knew was in his own best interests.