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,
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
A calming, reassuring read, with gentle peaceful illustrations... Fans of these likeable good-natured moles will enjoy their further adventures. Recommended.
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.
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The Mole Sisters and the Question
By Roslyn Schwartz
Annick Press Copyright © 2002 Roslyn Schwartz
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The mole sisters were thinking.
"Who are we?"
"Good question," they said.
"Are we fish?"
"But fish live in water ... ... and we don't."
"Then we're not fish."
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