Mole and the Baby Bird (Hardcover)

By Marjorie Newman, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781582347844, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2002

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/13/2004)

List Price: 16.95*
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Mole finds and lovingly cares for a wounded baby bird. As the bird recovers, Mole's mother explains that soon the bird will fly. But Mole wants to keep the bird, so he builds it a cage. Then, one beautifully clear day, Grandad takes Mole for a walk to the top of a high hill where Mole can feel the wind whipping around him. "I'm flying " he says. When Mole returns home, he looks at the caged baby bird, finally understands that birds are meant to fly, and sets his baby bird free.

The extraordinary team of author Marjorie Newman and illustrator Patrick Benson has created a book that speaks to the delicate nature of love and freedom. This is a book for the ages, and one to treasure for a lifetime.

About the Author

Marjorie Newman began writing stories as early as age seven and has since published about 90 books for children.Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and was educated at Eton. He has illustrated over 24 titles including The Little Boat by Kathy Henderson, which won the 1995 Kurt Maschler Award, was short-listed for the 1995 Smarties Book Prize and was Highly Commended for the 1995 Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of the runaway bestseller, Owl Babies.