Synopses & Reviews
A young girl longs to play the violin in this lyrical story that shows itand#8217;s never too late to pursue your dream. More than anything, Elva wants a violinand#8212;but her parents say no. So she pretends. When she should be brushing her teeth, Elva rehearses for recitals. When she should be learning subtraction or going to sleep, she imagines playing all the music in the world. The years pass, but Elva never forgets her childhood wish, and so one day she takes a deep breath and follows her heart . . .
"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
andquot;An endearing tale of ambition fulfilled.andquot;
andquot;Tusaand#39;s illustrations are cheery and absolutely full of life: Readers can almost hear the music Elva does.andquot;
andquot;Quiet humor...provides a tender accompaniment to this meditation on fulfilling oneand#39;s dreams.andquot;
andquot;This charming book artfully and evocatively explores the joy that comes from following your dreams.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
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.
A young girl longs to play the violin in this beautiful, moving new book from Mary Lyn Ray and Tricia Tusa that shows it's never too late to follow your dreams.
About the Author
MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimedandnbsp;books for children, including New York Times best-sellerandnbsp;Stars, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins, illustrated by Barry Root; and Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud, both illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire.TRICIA TUSA has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck; Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou;andnbsp;The Magic Hatandnbsp;by Mem Fox; The End of the Beginning by Avi; and her own Follow Me.