An unlikely animal duo, a moose and a bird, become fast friends when the latter, unable to fly, is rescued by the moose. Contrast between the two extends beyond size and mobility as moose lives and longs for his priorsolitary life, "deep in the woods" at the foot of the mountains.
Visually amusing is the playful scale of each animal wrestling with a worm. Bird, forces moose into a friendship with constant, noisy chatter. A bond is forged between the two, and it's a forest fire that separate them: Bird can finally fly. Moose, alone again, misses his lost friend more than the regained solace. At last, Bird returns and, with a big chirp echoed in bold print, announces his return, "HEY MOOSE!" On the final double spread, Bird and a flock of feathered friends are perched on moose's antlers and provide enough loft to lift him off the ground.
Spare text, line and form echo this simple, tender relationship. Pastel, gauzy, two-dimensional, geometric shapes define the story and characters that will appeal to young readers. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
This simple yet engaging story demonstrates the importance of friendship. Moose prefers to spend most of his time alone in the forest,"like an island unto himself." One day, a small bird falls from the sky into the lake and Moose rescues him. Bird, who has trouble flying, sticks around, and after Moose adjusts to the changes in his solitarylifestyle, the two become friends. When fire erupts in the forest, the animals flee. Bird manages to fly to safety and the two are separated. Moose spends a lonesome fall and winter but the two are reunited in the spring. From loneliness to happiness, Moose is transformed by Bird's friendship. Engaging single- and double-page paintings enhance the text.
Using clean lines, Segal gives cartoonlike visages to the forestcreatures, clearly conveying their emotions. Moose's expressions are particularly amusing. The warm-hued palette reflects the woodlandsetting as well as the story's theme. Pair this appealing book withother tales of animal friendships, such as Isabella Hatkoff's "Owen & Mzee" books (Scholastic).-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI