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The Trial of Cardigan Jones

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Cardigan the moose was new in town. When Mrs. Brown’s fresh apple pie goes missing, witnesses come forward to place Cardigan at the scene of the crime. Finding himself on trial, Cardigan insists to judge and jury that he didn’t take the pie — he just wanted to smell it. No one believes him. But despite his assurances, he can’t explain what happened to the pie, either . . . ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Mrs Bond
Mar 12, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
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Great "don't jump to conclusions" and "you will be vindicated" story.
Oct 05, 2009 Brenna rated it liked it
Cardigan Jones represents the ultimate youthful poseur, hiding behind his heuristic facade of slickster fedora , hueless overcoat, and sullen glaze.

Cardigan Jones is a young moose who has been wrongfully accused of a criminal activity based on the flimsiest circumstantial evidence since the Robert Blake case. A newcomer to town, Jones observed the placement of a freshly-baked pie on the windowsill of a local resident - neither of whom knew the other. Jones freely admits to having investigated th
Jan 30, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
A very simple story that could be used to introduce the justice system to 3rd grade and below. Perfect for a mock trial - you might even have an older class perform it as a Reader's Theater. Stop in the middle of the reading to have the students make a list of clues uncovered and then make guity/not guilty predictions.
Courtney Sharpton
Mar 05, 2011 Courtney Sharpton rated it really liked it
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This book can be used to teach students not to jump to conclusions about other people. Just because something looks a certain way does not mean that is really how it happened. This could also be used as an introduction into different branches of government for older students if they are willing to sit through a "kid's book".
Apr 30, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
Cardigan Moose is new to town. He stops by Mrs. Brown's house to smell her freshly baked apple pie. Minutes later the pie is gone! Cardigan is taken to court to determine his guilt or innocence.

Simple look at the court system, as well as a mystery for young readers. A rare find.
Jun 21, 2011 Emma rated it liked it
Not as great as the Dodsworth books or Dr. Vermin but still a quirky, interesting picture book with Egan's great art. The story here is simpler but still multi-layered with appeal for both kids and adults.
Aug 11, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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This has a nice, "surprise" ending and teaches a good lesson about not making snap judgments about others, but listening carefully and fully considering a situation.
Dec 11, 2008 B rated it really liked it
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JP Cardigan, the new moose in town, is put on trial for stealing a pie from a windowsill. Thought provoking but also very cute. For younger elem.
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