Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Raynor Picture Book – Baby to Toddler Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010 Find this book at your local library
Ernest is a large moose. He’s, in fact, too large for the book! He tries to wiggle in forwards, and backwards, but alas, he’s just too big. But, his little friend has a big idea and together, they work to help Ernest fit.
I love this book. It’s perfect for storytime, and for one-on-one readings. It’s a book about fitting in, about not fitting in, and about making your own space and being comfortable with who you are. The font is large, and the book is large, which is great for storytimes with large crowds. The illustrations are very simple. I love that the background is graph paper. Ernest is a sweet looking moose too. The kids really enjoyed this book, particularly the end flap where Ernest could show off his full size. There is definitely a lot unsaid in this book that leaves it open for discussions about looks, insecurity, friendship and personality.
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