About The Book: From the award winning creative team who brought you The Uglified Ducky, winner of the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award, Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Bully Goat Grim comes the fourth fractured fairy tale from Maynard Moose. The Little Moose Who Couldn’t go to Sleep practically named itself. Part cautionary tale, part travelogue, Little Moose will take you places no moose has been before, well except Mother Moose. Nevermind that. If you want to do well in school, impress your parents and show up your siblings, a good night’s sleep is essential. So grab a cup of tea, hang on for a ride into space and learn the secret of, uh, of MAHHH Dingy-Ding! About The Author: Willy Claflin is the author of three award winning childrens' books: The Uglified Ducky, Rapunzel & The Seven Dwarfs, and The Bully Goat Grim. A fourth book--The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go To Sleep---will be published in March, 2014. This series, told to Willy by Maynard Moose, also a famous storyteller, is illustrated by the brilliant James Stimson. Each book is accompanied by a live field recording of Maynard, telling the tale in his native Northern Piney Woods.Willy is a favorite at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and at dozens of regional festivals across the land. He tells original and traditional stories. He's also well-known as a singer-songwriter, and performs traditional ballads and blues. Willy is a member of the National Storytelling Networks' Circle of Excellence. Many of his audio recordings are also award winners. His latest one man show is the story of his great-great aunt, the notorious and mesmerizing Victoria Claflin Woodhull. The first woman stock broker and the first woman to run for president (1872), she ran and lost on the Free Love Ticket. Willy records and performs with his son, Brian Claflin, and he lives in San Francisco with his wife and business partner, Jacqueline Darrigrand. My Thoughts On The Book: I am not a huge fan of reviewing children's books, but every now and then I will pick one that looks good and I have to admit I loved the plot of this book. It was absolutely adorable. The moose vocabulary in the beginning was cute and it was a unique way to make the story fun. It reminded me of Mother Goose meets Dr. Seuss and I am a huge fan of both. As a High School English teacher my biggest problem with the book was that I did not like the grammar usage. I stuggle with students with poor grammar and this would just add fuel to the fire. I have an issue with teaching children poor grammar. I understood the fact that the language spoken in the story was moose....but could moose not have used better grammar?
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I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.