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A moose for Jessica
1st ed.
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New York : E.P. Dutton, ©1987.
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63 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Describes the behavior of a wild bull moose who moved onto a farm in Vermont and developed an attachment for one of the cows there.
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Describes the behavior of a wild bull moose who moved onto a farm in Vermont and developed an attachment for one of the cows there.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6 One October morning in 1986 a bull moose wandered out of the Vermont woods into a pasture where three beef cattle browsed. Two cows ran off immediately while the third stood her ground. Her reward was, for the next 76 days, the constant and thorough attention bestowed on her by the gentle but confused moose. The saga of the ``love-sick moose'' (as he was to be termed by national and international press) is well told in this photographic essay. The text weaves the natural history of moose into the story of the unusual ``courtship'' between species. It also tells the story of the people who became involved: the visited farmer's support and defense of the wild animal and the human response to the rare event. The text, based on the farmer's log, is supplemented by over 50 quality, full-color photographs. A book that is funny and touching, and full of reverence for nature. Catherine Wood, Shelburne Museum, Vt. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

An engrossing account of the 76-day visit of a moose to the Carrara farm, but one that occasionally is bogged down by a detail-laden text. One day last fall the Carraras spotted a moose on their property. Ignoring them, the moose was in search of a mate. He chose Jessica, one of their cows, and lingered at the farm for a couple of months before shedding his antlers and heading off to his winter location. Over 70,000 people came to the Carrara farm to see the lovers, who were the focus of national media attention. This true story includes general information about the eating, sleeping, mating and wanderings of the moose, but it could have been a little more taut in the telling; the impact of the tale is diluted. However, this remains an entertaining story of a real romance between a Vermont family and a surprising autumn visitor. All ages. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

The true story of the extraordinary three-month visit of a moose to a cow on a Vermont farm, with marvelous color photos by the cow's owner. The moose arrived on a misty October morning, and almost immediately began hanging around the surprised Hereford, giving her affectionate nuzzles. Public interest grew as his stay lengthened--the state game warden checked out the situation, deciding that the moose was healthy (in particular, he did not have the brainworms that may cause bizarre behavior in these animals), and there were more than 70,000 sightseers altogether. Carrara kept commercialism at a minimum, although he did have a few T-shirts and bumper stickers made up for souvenirs; he also decided, even though the moose had become progressively more friendly, never to touch him, respecting his wildness. When the giant antlers fell on schedule in January, the moose disappeared--at least for that year. The straightforward, low-key narrative gives enough of the natural history of the moose to answer questions that arise, and allows the poignant if tenuous relationship of man and beast, as well as cow and moose, to shine through without overdramatization. Unique, fascinating, and delightful. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-9, younger for reading aloud. Last year the world was amazed and delighted by a story coming over the news wires: a moose in Shrewsbury, Vermont, had apparently fallen in love with a cow on Carrara's farm and for 76 days came a-courtin'. Through Wakefield's text and Carrara's full-color photographs, readers will learn the whole story of the relationship that began one October morning when the bull moose strolled out of the woods during mating season and spotted Jessica, the Hereford cow. This not only plots the romance, but it also discusses the bond that developed between Carrara and his visitors and gives in-depth details about the habits of moose. Covered as well is the worldwide interest on one Saturday 4,000 people came to see the moose, a total of more than 70,000 people visited the farm, and the Carraras received letters from all over the world, some addressed only to ``The Farmer and the Moose'' or ``Jessica and Bullwinkle.'' Because this is so packed with information on moose (some, on mating habits, is quite explicit), the book will be a useful source for reports rather than just a memoir of an odd event. Carrara's photos are professional, capturing all the touching moments. IC. 599.73'57 Moose [CIP] 87-13663