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Why Mole Shouted and Other Stories

Why Mole Shouted and Other Stories

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Lore Segal
Illustrator: Sergio Ruzzier
ISBN: 0-374-38417-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
This read aloud, four stories in one book, about a mole who lives with his grandmother is a sweet unassuming masterpeice. The relationship between adult and child is endearing as any in children’s literature. The two get on quite nicely even when Mole looses his much needed glasses, shouts loudly and frequently asks “Why?” again and again and again and again. Even then, Grandmother leans down and kisses him on the nose. When he is outside she gives him a wooly scarf to wrap around his throat, makes sure he has his mittens, and that his cap is pulled down over the place his ears would have been if he had ears outside. As cold as it is, he is building a snowmole. In the house, Grandmother buttons her wooly sweater all the way up, and puts another log on the fire.

Illustrator Sergio Ruzzier shows us a picture of her waiting there. The artist’s tempo is simple. His muted colors are gentle. No line is wasted. All quietly convey an extraordinary relationship that he skillfully makes appear ordinary.

Diana Huss Green   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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