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:
- Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 1997 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Outstanding Books by Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators, 1995 ; Wisconsin Library Association
- Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, February 1994 ; Cahners
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.
- Social studies: environment; conservation
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library