Holey Moley

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Two mole brothers want to play, but they can't agree on what to do. One wants to dig a deep hole, the other wants to make a hill so he can climb up and see what's out there beyond all that grass! Each stomps off to do his own thing?"until they discover that they are really both doing the same thing! A tale of brotherly "love" and cooperation from the creator of the "Rainbow Fish!

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Two mole brothers want to play, but they can't agree on what to do. One wants to dig a deep hole, the other wants to make a hill so he can climb up and see what's out there beyond all that grass! Each stomps off to do his own thing—"until they discover that they are really both doing the same thing! A tale of brotherly "love" and cooperation from the creator of the "Rainbow Fish!

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Publishers Weekly
From the creator of the Rainbow Fish books comes another fable, this time about two mole brothers. Tim tends to do what comes naturally; his idea of fun is to dig a deep hole. Matt is the rebel; he yearns to build a hill to "see over the tall grass and find out what else there is out there in the world." Naturally, the two squabble, and stalk off in opposite directions to pursue their own thing, only to sheepishly discover that they had both accomplished the same thing: "By digging a hole, Tim had tossed up a pile of dirt, making a small hill. By building up a hill, Matt had had to dig up dirt, leaving a small hole." Unfortunately, Matt and Tim don't exude much personality (not until several pages in will readers know who's who), and the consistently straight-on perspective grows a bit wearisome. Surprisingly, the moralistic wrap-up proves to be the book's biggest plus. Considerably less preachy than the lessons parceled out to Rainbow Fish, the ending arises authentically out of the comedy inherent in a familiar domestic rivalry. Even more importantly, it exhibits a playful sense of logic-readers will likely chuckle when they realize, along with the brothers, that a hole and a hill require pretty much the same effort. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Mole brothers, Tim and Matt, decide that it is a perfect day to create something good. Matt wants to make a huge hill so he can climb to the top, look over the tall grass, and see what the world is like. Tim objects; he favors digging a really deep hole because that will help him become big and strong. The argument ends with a shoving fight and the two brothers head in opposite directions. Tim begins digging a hole. It is hard work and no fun at all. Matt gathers some clumps of dirt to begin his giant hill, but the work is lonely and tiring. Finally the dejected moles each decide to check on the other's progress. They make an amazing discovery. By working together, they can have both a large hole and a high hill. With renewed energy, they shovel and scoop and pile and pack. When they finish, Matt climbs the hill and surveys the world by moonlight, while Tim takes a nap in his deep hole. Large colorful illustrations feature moles with distinctly human traits. Tim wears a yellow neck scarf and Matt has tiny eyeglasses perched on his long nose. This tale of brotherly love and cooperation, first published in Switzerland, has a universal message and an appeal for young children. 2006, North-South Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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K-Gr 2-Two young mole brothers are sitting in a field arguing about what to play. They can't agree on whether to make a hill or a hole and, before long, they are arguing and wrestling on the ground. Tim stomps off and begins to dig a hole. Matt starts building a hill. Both moles come to realize that the work is lonely and hard, and their anger slowly fades away. When they peek at the other's project, they discover that digging a hole creates a hill. They laugh and decide to work together. The warm, earth-toned illustrations with touches of bright flora and fauna have child appeal. The moles have humanlike hands and feet (with sharp, talonlike nails) and walk upright; one of them wears spectacles. While this story of brotherly cooperation isn't stellar, it is suitable for larger collections, for one-on-one sharing.-DeAnn Okamura, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735820647
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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