Honk, the Moose is a children’s book by Phil Stong. The story is about a moose who comes to Biwabik in 1915. Three boys try to save the moose from the police and the winter conditions.
The story was published in 1935 by Phil Stong. Stong has come to Biwabik in the 1919 – 1920 school year to teach and coach. He had been told the story of the moose and had not forgotten it. His publisher asked him to write a children’s book and Honk the Moose was born. The book does contain the names of some people who lived in Biwabik at the time. Stong went to receive a Newbery Honor in 1936, a Lewis Carol Shelf Award in 1970 and the book was listed in Cattermole’s 100 best Children’s Books of the 20th Century.
The book was illustrated by famous children’s book illustrator, Kurt Wiese.
The moose plays as a mascot for the City of Biwabik. There is a statue of Honk in the town park and the playground is also named after Honk. In 2017, the Biwabik Senior and Heritage Center and the Biwabik Area Civic Association donated match money to an IRRRB grant to obtain a Honk the Moose mascot costume.
You can follow, Honk on his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HonktheMooseBiwabik