Children's book: Molly the Mole: Short story for kids about true friendship Kindle Edition
|Length: 26 pages||Age Level: 0 - 0||Grade Level: P - 2|
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Bat sets her story well from page one – ‘Molly was a very special mole – while most moles are brown, she was white. While all moles can hardly see, Molly had a pretty eyesight and she was also smart. Molly was different inn another way – she was very friendly. You see, most moles life in solitude, children leave their other as soon as they can take care of themselves and there is no family life. Males and females meet once a year just to have babies and then their ways part.’
The story proceeds to share that Molly desired a mate, envying rabbits and other animals. When she seeks an explanation from an Old Mole for her enforced solitude, he replies that is how It has always been. Not satisfied with that answer, Molly decides to seek friends and befriends a little grey field mouse Ben who has been instructed not to talk to strangers. But the two become friends and Molly shares secrets and information that benefit Ben – even saving his life from a predatory snake! The two have become fast friends.
The story is a dear one that fully explores the value of friendship – a lesson children will remember and enforce. Well written well illustrated, this is a little treasure of a book that belongs in every child’s mind. Grady Harp, August 17
I have four minor points, however. 1. The word "deer" is one of the English words that needs no 's' at the end of it for pluralization. "Deer" is one or two, or a whole herd. 2. The author intended the word "stay" to be in the past tense, so it needs an 'ed' at the end. 3. Also, the word "regret" should be in the past tense and needs a "ted' at the end. 4. "Drawn" should be "drown." But none of these spoil the story.
I have no children or grandchildren to whom to read this lovely story, so I read it to my cats. After all, cats are children in fur coats. I regret to tell you my reading did not disturb their naps in the least.
I hope the author keeps writing; I will keep reading!
Molly the Mole looked different than other moles. She was white and not brown like other moles, and she was very smart and wanted to be friendly. She had no friends and wanted to find one. She was told by other moles that moles are loners. But Molly did not give up. She wondered: who would be her friend?
One day she found a small grey mouse, Ben. They became friends even though they looked very different. Ben’s parents did not like the friendship and said so. But once, when Molly and Ben was together, Molly saved Ben from a snake and Ben’s parents changed their mind about the friendship.
And the friendship continued.
Gentle lessons in acceptance of difference, willingness to listen, and wisdom to accept change make this a very pleasing book, despite occasionally awkward word choice. The illustrations give plenty for a child to look for and find, without being overwhelming—they might even invite a small child to try their own hand at crayoning between the lines. But this is a story of living outside the lines; it’s simple; it’s sweet; and it works. A story that invites a child to join in with questions of their own.
Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.
Molly the mole, written and illustrated by Bat Oren, is a cute little book that would be good to share with young non-readers, or early readers. The author skillfully addresses the fact that differences should not matter. The illustrations are interesting, although somewhat repetitive. The use of crayon or chalk in executing the drawings should encourage young artists, and shows the versatility of this medium.
I give this book three and a half stars. I received a free copy of this book.