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Mole Music (Live Oak Music Makers) Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Live Oak Music Makers
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591124069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591124061
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a starred review, PW said, "McPhail's delicate watercolor-and-ink paintings work seamlessly in tandem with the words to deliver a truly resonant message: that music can change the world." Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-This recording of David McPhail's Mole Music (Holt, 1999) brings the picture book to life. The production's classical music selections, coupled with true-to-life sound effects, embody the story and make for a full, rich listening experience. As squirrel eats an acorn above mole's burrow, we hear the joyous music of the Third Movement of Beethoven's "Pastorale." As the story continues, the elegant, haunting strains of "La Cremosa," from Mozart's Requiem, express mole's dissatisfaction with his life. Musical selections are identified on the cassette insert, and include works by Massenet, Brahms, and Beethoven; the Shaker hymn, "Simple Gifts"; and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Crystal clear sound effects help depict the action. As mole checks the mail for his violin, a rain shower conveys his disappointment when he finds the mailbox empty. Birds chirp and flutter at his attempts to play the instrument. We even hear mole humming happily as he digs his tunnels. Horses whinny and stamp as mounted soldiers, awaiting an impending battle, hear mole's music and abandon warfare for a friendlier confrontation. Master storyteller, Jim Weiss, aptly narrates the text, giving it a slow, clear, emphatic reading. His precision timing allows the music and sound effects to enhance the story. Side one of the cassette offers page turning prompts. This book and cassette will make a handsome addition to school and public library collections.

Bonnie Bolton, Cleveland Public Library, OH

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More About the Author

DAVID McPHAIL is the creator of dozens of wonderful books, including Big Brown Bear's Up and Down Day; Sisters; Mole Music, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and several recent Green Light Readers for Harcourt. He lives in New Hampshire.

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I'm 43 and checked this book out of the library to read to my kids.
K. Jensen
The message that we really have far more impact on the world than we realize is so profound.
cara wilson granat
Beautiful illustrations, and a sweet heart warming story about the power of music.
Liamsmama

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I would like to take this opportunity to thank David McPhail's parents for having a child who grew to write this book. MOLE MUSIC will surely be a classic, loved by future generations of creative dreamers. Seldom does such a simple story resonate so deeply. It takes a great talent to wield so few words to mean so much.
When Mole sees a violinist on television he is so touched by the music he wants to make beautiful music of his very own, so he orders a violin for himself. When it arrives he can only cajole it to make horrid, screeching sounds. But Mole, the industrious, kind-hearted and hard worker that he is continues to practice (and practic and practice). After many years his music is even more lovely than the violinist he saw so long ago. Dear, dear Mole wishes he could change the world with his music--and Mr. McPhail shows the change that occured because of Mole's efforts strictly through the art. I won't give it away, but it is a great change indeed, and all the more touching because Mole played his music not for fame, but for the love of the music itself and a desire to share beauty with the world.
The words and art blend seamlessly together, one never overshadowing the other. This book is as a bright star in the world of Children's literature. I can only imagine that Mr. McPhail himself is like Mole--for who else could write a book like this? It's a visual song from the heart that could possibly change the world by inspiring young children to create some lovliness of their own. Thank you David McPhail--and thanks to your parents too.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
On the surface, Mole Music is about a mole who decides to teach himself to play the violin, and the effects that has on the "aboveground" world. It's a charming and funny story with cute illustrations.
But "Mole Music" carries a deeper message, a message that should bring hope to anyone who wonders if they are doing any good in the world: it suggests that doing something good and right, something creative, that you love, can change the world for the better in ways you are totally unaware of. Mole may have stopped an entire war through his music, as well as soothing the hearts of countless people.
Even though I am a childless adult, I decided to buy a copy of "Mole Music" after reading it in a store. I am going to keep it to look at for those times when I feel like all my efforts are in vain, when nothing I do makes any improvement in people or the world. I'll try to remember Mole and smile.
(By the way, I'm a college teacher).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NK on April 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In the past 2 months, we've bought about 100 children's books, increasing our selection for toddlers to over 250 and out of all of those, together with those I've read from other sources, I would rate this as one of the best, especially for our 28-month-old son who has a special love for music and dance (yes, I think all-around, it's even better than Gustav Mole). The values in this book (including hard work, practice, humility and peace) are outstanding without being heavy-handed or even obvious, making it a great book for all young children. The story and illustrations are sweet and charming.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. McCabe on May 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a simply wonderful book to share with chilren. It is beautifully written and illustrated, and has a great message to share as well. I am an elementary music teacher, and read it to my classes every year. It has become a mainstay in the few short years I've owned it, and my students love it as much as I do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most delightful books about music (and life) for children that we have ever enjoyed. Mole unwittingly changes the world with his gift of music...and McPhail's gift of secret tongue-in-cheek illustrations provides reasons to re-read this book forever (did you find what happened to the TV?!).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on January 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I first heard this story as a part of a sermon given to a congregation of mixed ages. The children were enthralled with the illustrations (as were many adults) but the "message" was deeply felt by the "older" child in all of us there. It is the message that no one really knows how much influence they have. Mole was just doing something that really intrigued and interested him, and brought him pleasure. He wished that he could influence others, but never knew what his music did for the world. Maybe this is true for each of us as we pursue what we really have a passion for. The message is true for children and adults alike. I will share this with my young 8 year old violinist friend, and from the pulpit. Thank you, David McPhail!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The writing is lyrical, the story is inspirational and original, the pictures are magical. Our four-year old twins love this book. Of the many children's books we have collected this book rises to the short list of those we would classify as great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After watching a violinist on TV, Mole decides to improve his life by learning to make his own music. He sends away for a violin and through perserverence he learns to make his violin sing. The TV he used to watch every night grows cobwebs as he polishes his skills. While he fiddles away, he imagines that his music would entertain and move people, while improving their lives. Unbeknownst to him, there IS a whole other story taking place above ground, where his music does indeed make the world a better place. I love this book! It's message of the power of one active person to change his/her world for the better is inspiring to children and adults alike. My 7 year old nephew got the message on the first reading, and finds new things to love about it each time he reads it....and he reads and rereads it every chance he gets!
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