The Mole Sisters and the Question

Overview

The Mole Sisters are wondering who they are. They set out to find an answer. They decide they're not fish, because fish live in water; they're not birds, because birds fly; they're not snails, because snails live alone... they're Mole Sisters, of course!

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The Mole Sisters make the most of each day. Full of fun, imagination, and quiet confidence, these are small creatures with very big hearts. Their unfaltering optimism is ...

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Overview

The Mole Sisters are wondering who they are. They set out to find an answer. They decide they're not fish, because fish live in water; they're not birds, because birds fly; they're not snails, because snails live alone... they're Mole Sisters, of course!

About the series:
The Mole Sisters make the most of each day. Full of fun, imagination, and quiet confidence, these are small creatures with very big hearts. Their unfaltering optimism is contagious, bringing smiles to faces everywhere. With bright, lush colored-pencil artwork, Roslyn Schwartz conveys the Mole Sisters' love for life with a minimum of text that is easy to follow and invites preschoolers to join in with its rhythmic cadences.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Materials - Ruth McMahon
Earlier books in "The Mole Sisters" series have been well received, and [this] offering is a calming, reassuring read, with gentle peaceful illustrations... Fans of these likeable good-natured moles will enjoy their further adventures. These will no doubt be very popular when the Mole Sisters come to television. Recommended.
Children's Literature
The mole sisters lie on the ground, twin noses and twin toes pointing straight up at the pale blue sky, pondering the age-old puzzle of personal identity: "Who are we?" They explore and reject several possible answers—are they fish, birds, snails?—before reaching the utterly unsurprising but reassuring conclusion: "We're the mole sisters, of course!" Like other titles in the series, the book is appealingly small and square, and the affinity between the two sisters is shown in their identical motions on each page (peering into the water, dangling their feet into the water, diving into the water, swimming under the water, floating on top of the water). It's completely understandable when they dismiss the thought that they might be snails, on the grounds that snails live alone and they (hugging each other) "could never do that." Here is a sweet and funny celebration of the joys of being siblings, or best friends, and of knowing the basic but sometimes bewildering truth of who you are. 2002, Annick Press,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-These petite, square-shaped books have bland, pastel-colored artwork and disappointing stories. Cool Breeze finds the sisters fending off the heat by fanning themselves with leaves. When the surrounding dandelions wish to be fanned as well, their seeds blow off and cover the Mole Sisters, who are then in need of a cool breeze. And one does indeed spring up, enabling them to run off to fly a kite. The slight story and indistinguishable characters will disappoint all but the most hardened fans of this series. Question finds the moles wondering what type of animal they are. They decide that they're not fish, since they don't live in the water. They cannot be birds, since they don't fly. And they can't be snails, since snails live alone. Giggling, they decide that they are the mole sisters, of course. "And that was enough thinking for one day." The plot is not funny or original. Moreover, since the sisters walk on two legs and don't act or look much like moles, the whole exercise seems beside the point.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Canadian Materials
A calming, reassuring read, with gentle peaceful illustrations... Fans of these likeable good-natured moles will enjoy their further adventures. Recommended.
— Ruth McMahon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550377682
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Series: Mole Sisters Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,417,988
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Roslyn Schwartz has lived in many places, including London, Paris, and San Francisco; she currently resides in Montreal. Roslyn is the author and illustrator of the first six popular Mole Sisters books as well as a new picture book for toddlers, Yo Baby!. She has also worked on animated films.

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The Mole Sisters and the Question


By Roslyn Schwartz

Annick Press

Copyright © 2002 Roslyn Schwartz
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-5521-6


CHAPTER 1

The mole sisters were thinking.

"Who are we?"

"Good question," they said.

"Let's see."

"Are we fish?"

"Maybe."

"But fish live in water ... ... and we don't."

"Hee hee."

"Brrrrrrrrr."

"Then we're not fish."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Mole Sisters and the Question by Roslyn Schwartz. Copyright © 2002 Roslyn Schwartz. Excerpted by permission of Annick Press.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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