Book Review: A Moose In A Maple Tree


For an author who is not originally from Canada, I have to say I am quite impressed with Troy Townsin’s book A Moose In A Maple Tree.

A Moose in a Maple Tree

A Moose In A Maple Tree is referred to as “The Original All-Canadian 12 Days of Christmas” as the story inside follows the traditional holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas” but with a uniquely Canadian twist.

Townsin uses iconic symbols of Canadian culture such as a moose, polar bears, hockey sticks, and beavers throughout his tale. And once you start reading you cannot help but actually sing along to the tune of the classic “The 12 Days of Christmas” as you turn each page.

On the sixth day of Christmas, a Canuck sent to me…

6 whales beaching
5 hockey sticks
4 totem poles
3 snowmen
2 polar bears

and a moose in a maple tree!

I really enjoyed sharing this book with my kids and will look forward to reading it over and over again.

The Night Before a Canadian Christmas

The children in long johns were snug in their beds, while visions of poutine danced in their heads.

Mom, in her housecoat, turned on the TV and on came the hockey game on CBC.

Canadian Jingle Bells

Up in Nunavut, among the caribou, we see an inuksuk and a seal-skin canoe.

We also received the books The Night Before a Canadian Christmas and Canadian Jingle Bells by Townsin as well. These books are just as cute and memorable as A Moose In A Maple Tree. Many, if not all, Canadians will be able to identify with and recognize the words and images within.

While reading through Canadian Jingle Bells my oldest son, who is now eight years old, had a bit of trouble understanding why Santa’s sleigh was being pulled by a team of beavers and not reindeer. I had to explain why beavers were being used in this instance and we shared a a good chuckle about it.

All three of the books are beautifully illustrated by Jennifer Harrington.

If you would like to learn more about Townsin and his books you can visit his website at

Disclosure: I was provided with copies of these books for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest. 

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

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