Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805028195, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 1999
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection.
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.
"The beloved Mole will easily win the affections of readers and inspire young hopes for a better world." --Kirkus Reviews, pointer
"McPhail's delicate watercolor-and-ink paintings work seamlessly in tandem with the words to deliver a truly resonant message: that music can change the world." --Publishers Weekly, starred review