the lesson of moogoo maagooville

Summary:
When the adults let pride and greed get in the way, the towns of Moogoo and Maagoo are headed for ruin. Even the Council of Light wants to step in to help. Just as complete disaster approached the towns, Zak and Laroy, a Moo and a Maa, taught the adults a lesson about friendship.
Educational Themes:
With this story you can talk about friendship, the relationship between adults and children (with an emphasis on perseverence!), several vices (pride, greed, prejudice), problem solving, keeping an open mind, and conflict resolution. Although these are a literary people, the material is rife with opportunities to transition to real-world societies.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 10
Age of child:
Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. The allegory helps children understand the story's lessons without sounding like a political statement or last-night's news.
Little Kid Reaction
We weren't sure what our child thought about this one, until s/he asked for it again a couple nights after the first reading. Now, a week later, s/he insists that it stay on the nightstand.
Big Kid Reaction
This was a surprise hit. It is rather wordy, and we've been amazed by our child's prolonged interest in the book. Our tongues tire well before s/he is ready for us to stop reading. The Council of Light is a great complement. For those seeking a faith-based story, there is enough there to build on, but it isn't an in-your-face nor religion-specific reference. Bravo!
Pros:

The story is a classic one (adults feud, children save the day), told with allegory (people are poos and choos) and rhyming text.

Cons:

None, really ... except for the tongue-twisting names of the races, towns, "poos" and "choos."


Title The Lesson Of Moogoo Maagooville
About
Author Karen Jensen
Publisher Galde Press, Inc. © 1997
Illustrators George Ostroushko
ISBN 9781880090497
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Picture Book, Friendship, Life Lessons
Other Reviews:

More Reviews

Here are some other books we have reviewed that you may like!

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Linda Dickerson
Publisher
Towers Maguire Publishing ©
ISBN
0974471526
Moms Choice Awards

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Sherri Chessen
Publisher
The Gorp Group, LLC © 2003
ISBN
0972424903

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Nick Greaves
Publisher
Penguin Random House © 2005
ISBN
1868729982
be the star you are