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Mole Music (Live Oak Music Makers) Paperback – January, 2003
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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.
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).
It's about a mole who is inspired to take up the violin. He's not very good at first, but he keeps practicing over the years and he gets better.
He's a humble mole, living a simple lifestyle underground, and while his passion for music and artistry grow, little does he know the enjoyment he brings to those passing above him on the ground.
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Mole Music is one of the books featured in the Reading Rainbow program about the tragic events that took place in New York on 911. Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. Basoco
Mole Music by David McPhail is a wonderful book to read with children (if the child cannot read it alone). Read morePublished 16 months ago by MoreStuff
I used this book, along with a reading of this book which I found online. The children in my class were then able to hear the violin music as well as follow along with the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cathy McWilliams
A wonderful story and message I cannot wait to share with my piano students!Published 19 months ago by C. Bookman
This should be a classic. An important lesson presented gently. All kids should read this. Ages 4-8, but anyone can benefit. Illustrations are beautiful, too.Published 24 months ago by George