‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen.
‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit.
‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit.
‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.
A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…
|Publisher:||Silverwood Books Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
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Many years ago Queen Elizabeth came through the area and bathed her feet in the river, enjoyed a lunch at a local tavern, and lost a very special ring. The story then starts with a very young mole losing his family to a vixen. He happens to have the ring slip on his paw and this helps save him. This helps Mole make friends with Owl and shows him that the surface world is bigger than his little tunnels. Mole also makes lots of friends with the other animals that come to him for advice. The suggestions are very helpful and make the animals really think about the results. There are many great morals that the animals learn from these suggestions. But then the Gilly Woods are threatened by humans hunting the animals or wanting to turn the woods into a golf course. I loved this story. What a great way to teach morals and consequences to children! This story talks about real things like humans hunting the animals, foxes eating rabbits and moles, and such. Real life situations that are not pretty but necessary. I loved how the animals learn that working together helps everyone. This is a wonderful story for children and adults alike. I strongly recommend adding it to any child’s book shelves. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
What a lovely, emotive story this proved to be - a story of the visit of Queen Elizabeth I, a thief, and secret from the past and its impact on the present for a young mole, the woodland where he lives and another Elizabeth and her friend. The young mole is left alone when his parents and siblings are killed but he becomes the respected leader of the animals who live there. However, when developers threaten, can he help save their homes? This children's story deals with unexpected friendships, being considerate for others, protecting the environment, the possible relationships between animals and between animals and humans and so much more. There are examples of self sacrifice, resilience, looking after each other, loss and so much more in this delightful story. The characters - animal and human - are all well developed and brought to life within the pages of the story. It deals with many emotive issues and actually helps share opposing points of view as the story progresses. It may well be written for children and could easily be used to promote discussions but it is an engaging and enthralling story that I enjoyed as an adult, too. It is certainly one I'd recommend teachers of KS2/Middle Grade pupils consider using with their pupils. There are so many aspects that could easily be followed up! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this as a great read for anyone but especially for children, their parents and teachers. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after I chose to read it.