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Mole music

by McPhail, David, 1940-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 16 Libraries 17 of 19 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB MCPHAIL David
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books j Fic McPhail,
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j Fic McPhail,
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Closed Stack Area j Fic McPhail,
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j Fic McPhail,
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Picture Books P MCP
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Picture Books Je M
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book E MCP
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Dormont Public Library Social SOCIAL MCPH
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Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E MCPHAIL
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea MCPHAIL
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North Versailles Public Library Picture Book P MCPH
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Easy Fiction E McP
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j MCP
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E MCP
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South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Picture Book J E MCP
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Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC McPhail
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books CHECKED OUT
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-8. Mole resides in a cozy home underground, living a pleasant if dull life, digging by day and watching television by night. After hearing a violinist on television, he sends away for a violin, and from that point on he devotes his evenings to music. Although at first he sounds terrible, he continues to practice for years until he becomes better than the violinist he first heard. McPhail gives us a picture book in the truest sense because the second part of the story is told strictly through the illustrations. A tree gradually grows over Mole's house. Children can see animals and then people being drawn to the tree by the sound of Mole's music, while, Mole, below ground, wishes people could hear him. McPhail's delicate watercolor-and-ink illustrations work with the simple text to create a lyrical celebration of music and musicians--even opposing armies stop their battle to listen to the beautiful sounds coming from below ground. Be sure not to miss the initial illustrations, which appear before the title page. --Susan Dove Lempke"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this tender-hearted picture book, McPhail (Tinker and Tom and the Star Baby) goes undergroundÄliterallyÄto explore the restorative powers of music. Mole feels something is missing from his life, which consists of digging tunnels all day and kicking back in front of the TV in his subterranean home each evening. One night Mole watches a man playing the violin on television ("He made the most beautiful music Mole had ever heard") and resolves to obtain his own violin and learn to play it. His initial attempts with instrument in hand could hardly be called music, but with great determination and practice, Mole soon coaxes gorgeous sounds from the strings. As Mole wonders what effect his music might have on an audience, McPhail cleverly depicts the melodious notes floating up through the ground to appreciative listeners and transforming the world into a more peaceful place. The illustrations chart the aspiring musician's progress through the seasons, as the sapling above his rooftop flourishes on a steady diet of his euphonious tunes. The brief, simply phrased text brims with big ideas that may inspire many a young musician or artist. 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. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Moles (Animals) -- Fiction.
Violin -- Fiction.
Music -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Holt,1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780805028195
9780805067668
0805028196 (alk. paper)
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