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Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: May 29, 2013 6:14AM



The world is full of miracles. One of the biggest is the vast array of animals that we can enjoy.

Oliver Jeffers teaches us a lesson about a moose in his delightful story, “This Moose Belongs To Me.”

We meet Wilfred who owns a moose. He names the moose Marcel and sets out to train it to be a good pet. Marcel isn’t always as cooperative as Wilfred would like.

We watch as some rules are followed but lots are not. Wilfred knows that Marcel goes where he wants to, so Wilfred takes string with them to find their way back.

On one such walk, Marcel finds a house whose lady claims him as her pet. She calls him Rodrigo and Wilfred is so disappointed when Marcel won’t come with him.

Wilfred sets off for home but gets all tangled up in his string in his haste and disappointment and gets good and lost. We see all the possible rescues that Wilfred hopes will come to help but who appears? Marcel, the moose.

They come to an agreement. Marcel will obey the rules when they suit him. We leave with a little picture of yet another owner greeting Moose. The moral of our story is that you can’t control a moose. Never wanted to, myself.

“Baby Peguins Everywhere” by Melissa Guion celebrates another neat and nifty creature. We join a penguin all alone on the ice, happy and content. Sometimes a little lonely but then she finds a top hat floating by. In it is a baby penguin. Then another. And another.

She was happy for the company but they just keep coming. They are all over everywhere. She loves them but she is ‘more than a bit tired’.

Every mother will recognize themselves in the look on her face. She jumps to another flow just for a minute to herself but it doesn’t last. She knows that being together is a lot more fun.

Armadillos are one of the funniest animals around. We meet a really unusual member of an unusual genus in “Milo Armadillo” by Jan Fearnley. It’s getting close to Tallulah’s birthday and her parents ask her what she wants. She replies that she wants a pink fluffy rabbit.

They think that will be easy. Not. There were all kinds of pink animals and all kinds of rabbits but no pink, fluffy rabbit could be found. Enter Grandma to the rescue. She tries to knit a pink fluffy rabbit but out comes a multicolored armadillo. Tallulah is crushed but doesn’t want to disappoint Grandma so accepts Milo.

They play together, having great times. All Tallulah’s friends have pink rabbits and Milo feels the hurt. He decides to ask Grandma to unravel him and make him a rabbit.

When Tallulah gets home from school that day, Milo is gone. She is devastated and realizes that Milo is special, just as he is. She follows a string from his tail and they are reunited before Grandma can change him.



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