MOUSE, MOLE, AND THE FALLING STAR by A.H. Benjamin

MOUSE, MOLE, AND THE FALLING STAR

Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-46880-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2002




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