Hardcover, 32 pages
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1999-03-15)
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Mole has always led a simple life, but he begins to think that something is missing. When he hears a violin playing for the first time, he longs to make beautiful music. At first, Mole can only make horrible screeching noises on the new violin he gets, but he practices and practices. Finally, his patience and dedication are rewarded. Mole creates a magical gift that unbeknownst to him has the power to erase hatred from the hearts of all who hear his music.
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McPhail is prolific as a writer and illustrator; there’s hardly anyone whose books are more recognizable. This is one of his best: the sweet and simple story of a mole who orders, learns and assiduously practices his violin for the private joy that it gives him, entirely regardless of the effects his music is having on the world where he cannot see it. With a tree as a microphone. For anyone who’s ever spent hours banging on instruments, and wondered where it was taking them.
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