Mouse and Mole "trusted each other completely, even with their deepest secrets." But when they spot a falling star, each is determined to find it and wish on it, and the friendship quickly disintegrates into a tango of mistrust. As summer ends, "Mole and Mouse grew lonely and miserable. They missed each other's company . They even missed the sad moments." Benjamin's (It Could Have Been Worse) tone veers into didacticism: "Anyway, we don't need a star. We have each other," Mouse concludes when a second "falling star" turns out to be a leaf. Bendall-Brunello (I Love You This Much) offsets this heavy-handedness with winning watercolors that emphasize the similarities between the two characters. Mouse and Mole, who think themselves at odds, not only look very much alike but wear nearly identical expressions as their feelings change from hope to animosity and sorrow to hope once again. Kids may also be intrigued by the endpapers, which show pencil studies for the color illustrations. Ages 3-6. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Mole and Mouse do everything together until they see a falling star one evening. Mouse tells Mole that these stars are magic and can make all your wishes come true-if you can find one. This launches both of the characters on a search that gets more and more cutthroat as it continues, until finally they stop being friends. Of course, they soon realize that their relationship is more important than a star and end up lying on a grassy hill looking up at the starry sky, content to be together. The soft, uncluttered illustrations fit the oversized book well. While unremarkable in text and art, this is a gentle story that touches on a subject that can never be overemphasized.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Mole and Mouse are best friends. They are so close, in fact, that they share everything. The strength of their relationship is challenged, though, after Mouse shares a story with Mole. One summer evening as they are stargazing, Mouse explains the magic of falling stars. If you are lucky enough to ever find one, he tells Mole, your wishes will be granted. Just then a star shoots across the horizon, and Mouse and Mole scurry after it, both claiming ownership. Thus begins their strife caused by greed. As their search for the fallen star proceeds, so does their mistrust for each other grow. Believing the other has the star, they go so far as to snoop in one another's home. The summer is nearly over as the alienated friends become more and more lonely and miserable. They begin to wish the star had never come between them. That wish comes true as Mouse and Mole learn lessons about generosity and the importance of friendship, saying, "Anyway, we don't need a star. We have each other." Pencil and watercolor artwork enhances each satin-soft page with a palette ranging from pale pastels to vibrant primary colors. Mouse is a friendly white and pink, while mole stands out in a rich orange-brown. A cautionary tale that hits its mark gently and accurately. (Picture book. 4-7)