Mooha and Booha
Written by: Jacob Jacobson
Illustrated by: Shirley Waisman
Mooha and Booha are two cows who find it impossible to be content. Each of them believes the other's grass is greener. This story is an amusing demonstration of how jealousy leads to loss.
"Who can stand before jealousy?"
It is natural to feel jealous. Sometimes we even grow when we compare ourselves to others, as the comparison encourages us to develop our aspirations and progress, or change and improve ourselves. However, all too often, jealousy is destructive and harmful to both us and others. In the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon wrote: "Who can stand before jealousy?". And, indeed, it is not easy to cope with jealousy. When we look at our neighbor's grass, convinced that it is greener, we feel frustrated, discontented, and, in Mooha and Booha's case, they also stay hungry. What a shame! If only each of the cows had been content with its own grass, it would surely have discovered that it is both green and deliciously filling.
Enjoy reading and discussing this book together!
Proposed Family Activities:
- You may want to leaf through the book together, and look at the special illustrations. Perhaps you could ask your child to notice the different perspectives and angles from which the illustrator chose to draw Mooha and Booha: up close and from afar, from down below or high above, from the front and back. You may enjoy picking an object at home, and trying to draw or photograph it from various angles.
- How about acting the story out together using puppets? You could suggest that your child try to convince the cows to stop bickering, and enjoy their grass.
- It is often difficult to admit that we are jealous of others. Perhaps you could share an incident with your child in which you were jealous of someone else when you were growing up, and how you coped with that feeling.
- Mooha and Booha cannot enjoy their own grass, because they focus solely on what the other has. You may want to toss a ball between you, and have each of you say something good that makes them happy as you take turns catching the ball.
- Seasons change, the green grass turns yellow, and the cows cannot stop fighting. Perhaps you could make a "grass head" using old stockings, some soil, and grass seeds. Take care of the grass head together, and discover how long it takes for the grass to grow at its top.