Shabby Sunday: Humpy The Moose by Harry J. Baerg #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Moose #Nature

Shabby Sunday

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I have a bunch of old vintage books and seem to keep acquiring more. One of my plans when  starting this blog was to do a post every now and then sharing one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share.

This meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ is for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use my meme image if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me in this post so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Last time I shared:

A Kindle of Kittens by Rumer Godden 

Today’s Shabby Share:

Humpy the Moose

By Harry J. Baerg

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Explore the life of a moose…

When little Humpy the Moose comes into the world, he is amazed with all there is to learn. Each day brings a new lesson, and before long he must learn how to make it on his own. Children will delight in the story of how Humpy the Moose transforms from a scared little animal to the master of all he can see!

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Humpy the Moose is a book that we quickly snatched up at a library book sale years ago. As soon as I saw it, a sense of familiarity hit me, and it looked like a book from my childhood. My then six-year-old son was just starting to read easy books, and with our love of nature, this is one we simply couldn’t pass up. I’ve always been fascinated by these majestic creatures.

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Our copy is a hardcover with a date of 1963. It’s in fair condition and still structurally sound. It’s a previous library book, but only has some stamps remaining on a few pages.

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The setting of the story is a forest in British Columbia, and the tale begins with Molly— an adult moose, who’s about to give birth.

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It was June in the mountains. Swamp buttercups and Indian paintbrush blossomed all around. The moose did not look at them or notice the sweet-smelling air. Thrushes, song sparrows. and redwings sang from the bushes, but she did not seem to hear them.

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Humpy is born and gets his first look at the world. He isn’t old enough to care for himself just yet, so he stays close to his mother–wary of danger. It isn’t long before Humpy can run and jump well enough to explore the beautiful land around him–just like his mother.

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As Humpy grows in age, his mother chases him away. She’s soon to have another calf, and Humpy must fend for himself now. While on his own, he learns about all the dangers near…and the hunters that linger.

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Over time Humpy grows into an adult–7 feet tall and wise in many ways. Life is all about fighting to survive dangerous predators, including wolves and bears.

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The illustrations in this book are what makes it so special, and all of them are created by the author himself. Each page is a work of art and transports you into the great outdoors. If you have a child who appreciates nature and loves animals, this is a book for them. In a time where children spend far too much time with electronics and activities indoors, this is a book that will inspire them to get out and explore the environment around them. My kids have all enjoyed this highly valued book, and it remains part of our home library today.


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Publisher : Review & Herald Pub Assn (June 1, 1963)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0828004331
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0828004336
  • Reading age : 6 – 8 years
  • Grade level : 1 – 2

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm

Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read

Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable

Shari @ Sharisakurai.com

Jennifer @ Jennifertarheelreader.com

Lisa @ Way Too Fantasy

*Please stop by these blogs to check out all of their beautiful shabby shares!*


Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Have you read this book? Do you have any shabby books to share? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

♥️ Mischenko

9 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Humpy The Moose by Harry J. Baerg #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday #Moose #Nature

  1. Wow, what gorgeous illustrations. The writing sounds so descriptive, I can picture it without the wonderful illustrations. Great share, Jen. I have never heard of this book, but it sounds wonderful.

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