Wade's Wiggly Antlers by Louise BradfordWade's Wiggly Antlers by Louise Bradford

Wade's Wiggly Antlers

byLouise BradfordIllustratorChristine Battuz

Picture Books | May 2, 2017

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One winter morning while playing with his animal friends, a young moose named Wade notices his antlers are wiggly, and he runs home to tell his mother. ?Remember when we talked about your antlers falling off?? she says. ?Don't worry. New ones will grow in the summer.? But Wade is worried. He used his antlers for so many fun things, such as paddles for Ping-Pong, perches for giving friends rides and hooks for flying kites. He didn't want to lose them! Could Wade find a way to stop his antlers from falling off? Or, if he just lets them go, would he find new ways to play?

In this charming picture book, author Louise Bradford has crafted a playful allegory for children about losing a first tooth. With Christine Battuz's amusing, exuberant art bringing Wade's story to life with sympathy as well as humor, this book makes an engaging and relatable read-aloud for story time. It provides terrific opportunities for discussions about how our bodies change as we grow up, what it feels like to go through these changes and the different ways we can celebrate the milestones. It would also work for an early life science lesson on how animals such as moose and deer lose and grow antlers and why. In addition, Wade's experience models a positive, inspiring approach to self-discovery, self-acceptance and dealing with developmental changes.
Louise Bradford is a two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Artists and Community Collaboration grant for her filmmaking program with at-risk youth. Louise was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and now lives in Ottawa, where she writes speeches for grown-ups.Christine Battuz was born in France and received he...
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Title:Wade's Wiggly AntlersFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.38 × 9.38 × 0.5 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771386150

ISBN - 13:9781771386159

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Change is part of growing up A wonderful way to talk to children about life changes, especially on the topic of loosing their teeth. Wade loves his little antlers and uses them for many things. However when they become loose he finds them getting in the way. Once they fall off he decides there are many more things he can do without them, and when they come back, twice as big he loves them all over again. Cute illustrations will have young readers loving Wade and his story.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing pains...can be a beautiful thing! Everybody must grow up. It's a simple biological fact. Wade, an adorable little moose, found the whole process kind of nerve-racking. One winter morning he detected a problem with his antlers. They wiggled, they wobbled and were very unstable. He began to worry. He needed those puppies!! What if his antlers fell off? How could he cope with them gone? How would he play ping pong, and where would his friends perch if they were missing AND how in the world would he fly his kite? He had to rack his brain to figure out how he would function without them. Oh my! He hurried home to tell his mom about his dilemma and she calmly assured him: "Don't worry. New ones will grow in the summer." The time finally arrived when Wade was de-racked. Instead of feeling sad and forlorn he turned the milestone in his life into one of celebration and opportunity. He felt lighter and even freer... YAHOOOO!!!! He didn't have to worry at all. He learned a very valuable lesson. Sometimes change can be a very good and exciting thing. The illustrations are so fun and kid-friendly. This charming book is the perfect catalyst for conversations regarding body changes and how to cope with these changes as you grow up. Wade inspires readers not to worry or despair but to embrace the natural events that occur in your life and to love yourself no matter what stage you are at. Storywraps rating: 5 Storywraps hugs!
Date published: 2016-11-04

Editorial Reviews

A valuable lesson, nicely and sympathetically delivered.-Kirkus Reviews