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Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 12, 1948
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This book is not about an oddball moose. It is not about "bewilderment".
This book is "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand, in a very short form.
Thidwick, after first believing that being helpful and "good" is the right thing to do, finds out in the end that all the leeches in the world will gladly do nothing as long as someone silly enough gives them what they want.
Then, in a moment of inspiration, just like Hank Reardon, he "shrugs"... and the leeches get their just desserts. Stuffed.
Read it again, and think. And then pick up "Atlas Shrugged".
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.Read more ›
PS My 4 year old likes it too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute classic love this book. Me and my 2 year old sit down and read it together all of the time. I absolutely loved these growing up and now my son can enjoy them too!Published 1 month ago by R . S
Great Book, as with most of Dr. Seuss' offerings. A moral tale. It was read to me as a child in the 1950s.Published 1 month ago by George L. Cumming
Avid Dr. Seuss reader and yet I have never heard of this book. I don't understand why it isn't more popular. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen Sanders
A great little story about the freeloaders of the world. Dr Suessian justice at its bestPublished 2 months ago by Sandy Watkins
A standalone story at Lake Winna-Bango about a quite polite moose who is taken advantage of by too many guests.
Poor Thidwick is much too nice and polite. Read more
Great Book! Love reading it. It may be a little long to hold attention of a 2 & 4 year old, but it still is very funny & a cute story.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer