Canadian Materials - Kathleen Kirk
Schwartz's pencil-colored illustrations significantly extend the simple text. The colors are soft and her backgrounds are muted shadings of color. Though the experience of being in a wheat field is outside of most young urban children's understanding, Schwartz's skillful use of onomatopoeia draws them into the experience. We hear the mole sisters' delight while they frolic in the wheat... and we know what they are doing by the sounds they make. The subtly of the text and illustrations of these gentle books will require child/adult interaction to obtain their maximum potential. The humor in the mole sisters' books is meant to charm. Schwartz's endings reassure children that unknown objects can become part of their safe environment. [A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.
Linda M. Kenton
Independence, optimism, intelligence, and love of adventure are good qualities for children and these siblings are fine examples.
(School Library Journal, November 2000)
The mole sisters always go left, so they decide to go right instead. They find themselves among a field of wavy wheat, and decide to go up, all the way to the top. Optimistic and resourceful, the mole sisters find their way out of various predicaments and end up back home to go "Night, Night." Young readers will find the mole sisters charming and fun and will laugh at their exploration of the wavy wheat. The story is simple enough to hold a toddler's attention, and older children will giggle at the humor. The colored pencil drawings on each page are accompanied by a single sentence or phrase, making it simple for beginning readers. Other titles in this series are The Mole Sisters and the Rainy Day, The Mole Sisters and the Busy Bees, The Mole Sisters and the Piece of Moss. 2000, Annick Press, $4.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-In these two series installments, the siblings go about their day with zest whether it be venturing out into a wheat field or simply doing nothing. In Busy Bees they relax but observe that the bees are hard at work; in Wavy Wheat the plot revolves around the moles' adventure in a wheat field. Action phrases provide ample opportunities for child participation. For example, the sisters "Swish to the right-swish to the left-one, two, three and-`DOWN!'" Always upbeat and jolly, the characters are gentle companions. The small format is perfect for little hands but less practical for storytimes. Images are rendered in muted earth tones using colored pencils in a style reminiscent of pointillism. They have an almost dreamy quality. Independence, optimism, intelligence, and love of adventure are good qualities for children and these siblings are fine examples.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
[A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.
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The Mole Sisters and the Wavy Wheat
By Roslyn Schwartz
Annick Press Copyright © 2000 Roslyn Schwartz
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"Which way?" said the mole sisters.
"We always go left ..."
So they went right instead.
"Just for a change!"
"Now which way?" said the mole sisters.
So up they went ... all the way to the top.
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