The Best Gift of All

Overview

The lovable Mole returns in his fourth adventure.

It's cold and blustery outside, and the best place for Mole to be is underground in his burrow. But it's been a long time since he's seen his friend Rabbit, so he tunnels through the ground to see her, meeting his friends Squirrel and Hedgehog along the way. When they find Rabbit under the weather with a terrible cold, Squirrel and Hedgehog give their friend gifts. Mole worries that he has nothing to offer, until Rabbit points ...

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Overview

The lovable Mole returns in his fourth adventure.

It's cold and blustery outside, and the best place for Mole to be is underground in his burrow. But it's been a long time since he's seen his friend Rabbit, so he tunnels through the ground to see her, meeting his friends Squirrel and Hedgehog along the way. When they find Rabbit under the weather with a terrible cold, Squirrel and Hedgehog give their friend gifts. Mole worries that he has nothing to offer, until Rabbit points out that he has brought her the very best gift of all — his friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mole, charming hero of three other stories, has not seen his friend Rabbit for days and is concerned. After a week of rain, he decides that since he cannot go out, he will tunnel underground to check on her. Squirrel is about to bury some nuts when an "Ouch!" reveals that his hole has intersected Mole's tunnel. Squirrel gladly joins him. Next they disturb Hedgehog, who decides to come along. Meanwhile, Rabbit is not only miserable with a bad cold, but lonely as well. The arrival of her friends with their gifts and caring cheers her greatly. Only Mole is sad because he has not brought her anything, but she reminds him that he brought "the best gift of all…friends." Cabban's visual tale begins on the front end pages depicting Mole's climb from his tunnel into an autumn landscape with falling leaves and rain. It ends on the back end pages showing a landscape where the whole gang is happily greeting each other. Gentle watercolors and pencil create a friendly group of anthropomorphic forest citizens who end the story in a group hug. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Mole, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Hedgehog return for another cozy story. Mole has not heard from Rabbit for a while, so he decides to visit her. Since it's been raining for days, he decides to tunnel underground to her home. Along the way, he encounters Squirrel and Hedgehog, who follow the intrepid digger beneath the earth in order to stay dry. Meanwhile, Rabbit is at home with a cold and is also missing her pals. Just as she is hoping that someone would drop in to see her, Mole and the others burrow through the ceiling and do exactly that. When they realize that she is feeling poorly, Squirrel brings her some nuts and Hedgehog fetches some dry leaves to refresh her bed. But what does Mole bring? Why, he brought Rabbit's friends, which is the best gift of all. Although the story's outcome may be obvious to adults, children will enjoy this simple tale of friendship. Cabban's cuddly animals drawn in a palette of soft, autumn watercolors reinforce the warm and fuzzy feeling of Emmett's story. A pleasant selection for fall storytimes and a good choice for beginning readers.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638603
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,080,421
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.78 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Emmett has written many books for children, including the three previous Mole books. He lives in England.

Vanessa Cabban is the illustrator of all three previous books about Mole, as well as many other picture books. She lives in England.

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