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Music can comfort, entertain, and delight. But can it really change the world? Mole's music can! From David McPhail, beloved author and illustrator of the Pig Pig books and countless other favorites, comes a sweet, inspiring story about the restorative power of music
. Mole has always led a simple existence — digging tunnels by day and watching TV at night. He likes his life, but he's starting to feel that something is missing. What could it be? One night, while watching television, Mole discovers something to fill the void: He hears a man playing a violin and realizes that he wants to make beautiful music, too.
Mole orders a violin and, at first, can only make horrible screeching noises on it. But with much practice and patience, his efforts are rewarded: Mole eventually learns how to play. And as he improves year after year, he becomes happier than he'd ever been before. He flourishes, consumed by the joy of music: "During the day, as he dug tunnels, Mole hummed the music he would play at night."
As Mole plays on, he wonders what it would be like to perform for an audience, and imagines the positive effects his music could have: "He even imagined that his music could reach into people's hearts and melt away their anger and sadness." But what Mole does not know is that his music is actually changing other people's lives. McPhail's lovely watercolor illustrations convey this by showing melodious notes rising from Mole's subterranean home and mesmerizing villagers, farmers, and even royalty. Outside Mole's world, fighting armies are moved to putdowntheir weapons and embrace — making peace as Mole's music plays on.
A sweet, simple story, Mole Music resonates with hope and inspiration. The power and magic of music fills every page, encouraging readers to take the time to listen...because music can change anyone's life.