This is one of my favorite stories for fall, especially because of the use of fall colors in the illustrations. It also has Phyllis Root’s great ear for rhythm and rhymes that captivate young children.
There’s not really a lot of plot to “Looking for a Moose.” A bunch of children have “never, ever, ever, ever, ever seen a moose,” so they decide to look for one. The various locales in which they search require changes of clothing (during which I have children pat their body parts – feet for boots, head for hats, and so on.) Each locale also involves squishing, stomping or some other form of movement.
Best of all, each attempt ends with the refrain, “We look and we look, but it’s just no use. We don’t see any long-leggy moose.” You can set this to a tune or chant it – either way, children will love to join in. Basically, everything about this story is designed to engage and delight young children – and adults too!