Friday, April 1, 2016
A Friend for Mole
by Nancy Armo
32 pages; ages 2-6
Peachtree Publishers, 2016
theme: friendship, animal story
Mole was quite fond of his cozy burrow. He liked his soft bed of leaves, the warm smell of the earth, and the quiet darkness all around.
One day, Mole heard laughing and shouting up above. He decided to see what was going on...
What I like about the book: I love the variety of creatures frolicking atop Mole's burrow. I like that Mole is afraid of the light and he meets a young wolf who is afraid of the dark. And there they are, thrown together by accident. So they do what anyone under those circumstances would do: silly things... like chasing scary imaginary monsters away. Most of all, I love the illustrations! Doesn't the cover just make you want to pop your head out of your burrow and check out what's going on?
Beyond the book: Nancy Armo has lots of fun activities over at her website. There you'll find a maze, word search, coloring page, finger puppets. If you click on her gallery link, you'll find a wall covered with lovely illustrations.
Find out something about moles here.
Get to know the star-nosed mole in this video.
Here's a cool mole fact: moles can tunnel up to 18 feet in an hour.
Make a stuffed mole. Easy pattern and directions here.
Today is PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) over at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy from the publisher.