Mole’s Hill: Lois Ehlert

Mole’s Hill

Author/Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Publication Year: 1994
Brief Summary: When Mole found out she had to move out of her tunnel, she devises a plan to save her home.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Art: Ehlert said in the author’s note that the art in this book was inspired by two art forms of the Woodland Indians (in Wisconsin) – ribbon applique and sewn bead work.  If possible, bring examples of each to show to the students, or find informational books that give more details about these art forms.
  • Math: in many of the pages, there are prominent geometric shapes.  Help children identify those.  Provide children with different geometric shapes of many colors (or use geometric tiles) and have them make a scene or pattern with it.  Can they make an animal with those shapes?
  • Science: discuss the different moon phases on two of the pages
  • Review color words
  • Environment: is it fair for Fox to get rid of Mole’s home just so he can build a path?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Math
  • Science
  • Art
  • Social studies: environment; conservation

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at:  Thrasher Elementary Library

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