Mort is a busy little elephant. He plays basketball, football, soccer, ice hockey, volleyball, and baseball. His father is very proud of him and cheers him on at games. But his mother wants him to be a musician because music is so beautiful. So Mort takes up the violin to make her happy, too. He takes it to ball games and practices every chance he gets. Before long, however, Mort super-achieves himself into a muddle mistaking his violin for his bat and his bat for his violin. Mort's parents agree that they're putting too much pressure on him, so they ask him to choose either baseball or the violin. Mort's answer surprises everyone. With wisdom cloaked in humor, there's a lesson here for all. 2000, Orchard Books, Ages 4 to 7, $15.95. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf
School Library Journal
The fact that he plays both baseball and the violin pleases his parents, but Mort has to find what activity really makes him happy. A good place to begin a conversation about choices and setting priorities. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.