Synopses & Reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection.
Mole has always led a simple life, but he begins to think that something is missing. When he hears a violin playing for the first time, he longs to make beautiful music. At first, Mole can only make horrible screeching noises on the new violin he gets, but he practices and practices. Finally, his patience and dedication are rewarded. Mole creates a magical gift that unbeknownst to him has the power to erase hatred from the hearts of all who hear his music.
"The beloved Mole will easily win the affections of readers and inspire young hopes for a better world." --Kirkus Reviews
"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." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Mole creates a magical gift that, unbeknownst to him, has the power to erase hatred from the hearts of all who hear the music he creates.
A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions.
Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too.
Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his music has an effect on others that is more magical than Mole will ever know.
About the Author
is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the popular "Pig Pig" series. He lives with his family in Newburyport, Massachusetts.