Mole's Hill: A Woodland Tale

by Lois Ehlert (Author)

Mole's Hill: A Woodland Tale
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Mole loves her burrow near the pond. It's safe and cozy underground, and best of all--it's home. So when Fox says Mole has to move her home to make room for a new path, she must do some quick thinking--and digging--to save it. "Ehlert's collages, inspired by the Woodland Indians' traditional arts of ribbon applique and beadwork, are bold; graphically striking; and rich in form, shape, and color. Perfect for young children, this is an admirable marriage of text and art."--School Library Journal
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"Ehlert achieves dazzling effects with simple geometric shapes and strong, pure hues," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)


Ages 3-7. When Fox finds a mole hill inconveniently placed along his path to the pond, he informs Mole that she must make way. Raccoon advises her, "Better listen to Fox--he's got big teeth." Unwilling to move, Mole plants seeds on her hill. Months later, her beautiful flowers win over the other animals, convincing them to preserve her hill. When Fox asks her to dig a tunnel so that other animals can go through the hill, she agrees. Broad, double-page spreads feature collages of bright, bold shapes against solid backgrounds. Most of the colorful, collage papers are stippled. Notes at the end of the book tell that the story derives from a fragment of a Seneca tale and is set in Wisconsin, with indigenous flora and fauna. As with Ehlert's other books, the artwork reflects careful research and a strong eye for shape and color. Although the book is visually dynamic, the storytelling lacks tension. Still, Ehlert's fans, as well as teachers seeking simple picture books based on Native American tales, will want to consider this one.

Copyright 1994 Booklist, LLC Used with permission.

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Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
September 19, 1998
BISAC categories
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
Library of Congress categories
Indians of North America
Moles (Animals)
Woodland Indians

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