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A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too. Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too. Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his music has an effect on others that is more magical than Mole will ever know.


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A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too. Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too. Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his music has an effect on others that is more magical than Mole will ever know.

30 review for Mole Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    My five-year-old son picked out this book from the library last week. Sometimes I feel like Mole. I feel like I work in a tunnel and alone and I wonder if any of the work I do matters. It does matter -- I may never know how -- but it does matter. What a wonderful lesson for very young children to learn early in life. Listen to your soul and make your own "music". I doubt if many of the children hearing or reading this understand fully that important message, but it is likely they will not forget My five-year-old son picked out this book from the library last week. Sometimes I feel like Mole. I feel like I work in a tunnel and alone and I wonder if any of the work I do matters. It does matter -- I may never know how -- but it does matter. What a wonderful lesson for very young children to learn early in life. Listen to your soul and make your own "music". I doubt if many of the children hearing or reading this understand fully that important message, but it is likely they will not forget the enchanting artwork.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Mole felt a bit empty, so he sent away for a violin and taught himself to play. We can see what he can't, the world above him, so we can see the effects of his improving music. As he gets to be very good he daydreams about changing the world with his music, unaware that he already has. This one has simple words and simple pictures to go with it, but a message that is suited for just about any age group. Actually, what it reminds me of is Jordi's Star or maybe The Tin Forest in its message, that Mole felt a bit empty, so he sent away for a violin and taught himself to play. We can see what he can't, the world above him, so we can see the effects of his improving music. As he gets to be very good he daydreams about changing the world with his music, unaware that he already has. This one has simple words and simple pictures to go with it, but a message that is suited for just about any age group. Actually, what it reminds me of is Jordi's Star or maybe The Tin Forest in its message, that you can make a difference without even knowing about it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This is my list of All Time Favorite Children's Books. It has beautiful and symbolic illustrations with the message that one person can really change the world...and not even know about it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juli19

    This is the story of a mole who lived alone. One day he got tired of doing the same thing. One day he was watching television and he saw someone playing music so he decided to play the violin. At the beginning only horrible sounds came out of his violin but with practice he got better and better until one day beautiful tunes came our of his violin. He imagined that a large audience could listen to his songs and maybe his music could change the world but what he did not know is that he had This is the story of a mole who lived alone. One day he got tired of doing the same thing. One day he was watching television and he saw someone playing music so he decided to play the violin. At the beginning only horrible sounds came out of his violin but with practice he got better and better until one day beautiful tunes came our of his violin. He imagined that a large audience could listen to his songs and maybe his music could change the world but what he did not know is that he had audience and they were enjoying his songs. I think the book is ok. It is not one of my favorites but it is ok to use with children and teach them that practice and perseverance is what will make them successful in life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie Bristow Myers

    What a beautiful story! Gorgeous illustrations to accompany the delightful story. I highly recommend this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yuyin Wang

    Be sure to listen to the audiobook version read by Jim Weiss! His warm, gentle voice plus the music that goes with the reading are just unforgettable! I listened to this audiobook numerous time with my older three kids when they were little. But #4 was not born yet at that time. Now she herself is playing violin. One day she is playing the music that was used in the audiobook. When she played a wrong note in the end, her unmusical dad protested. She was puzzled. How come daddy suddenly knows she Be sure to listen to the audiobook version read by Jim Weiss! His warm, gentle voice plus the music that goes with the reading are just unforgettable! I listened to this audiobook numerous time with my older three kids when they were little. But #4 was not born yet at that time. Now she herself is playing violin. One day she is playing the music that was used in the audiobook. When she played a wrong note in the end, her unmusical dad protested. She was puzzled. How come daddy suddenly knows she played a wrong note? I told her that because we listened to that audiobook so many times! So I decided to check out the book and CD again, even though she is already 11, too old for picture book. We enjoy listening together. Many memories flood back as we listened..... love this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shoshanna

    "Mole Music" is one of the most inspiring picture books I have read in a while. The concept is simple. Mole, who lives underground, feels like something is missing from his life, and starts practicing the violin, becoming better and better at it. All day at work, he begins to hum the music he’ll practice at night. Mole doesn't know that his music is affecting the world above him. Mole’s music is making the world a better place and is inspiring others and making their lives more enjoyable. I love "Mole Music" is one of the most inspiring picture books I have read in a while. The concept is simple. Mole, who lives underground, feels like something is missing from his life, and starts practicing the violin, becoming better and better at it. All day at work, he begins to hum the music he’ll practice at night. Mole doesn't know that his music is affecting the world above him. Mole’s music is making the world a better place and is inspiring others and making their lives more enjoyable. I love this book because it inspires little ones to do something they are passionate about, even if they think it doesn't matter, because it can make the world a better place, like how Mole did through his beautiful music.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A message that says music can change the world and turn war into friendship. Ages: 4 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Nicely composed story with two story lines......Mole wants to make music and he works very hard to play the violin. He wonders what it would be like if others could hear him play but what he doesn't know is that his music is being heard above ground by many people...and it has made their lives better. Themes: how we influence others, joy of music

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miss Erica

    Mole sees someone play a violin on TV and so he decides that he wants to play too. He enthusiastically teaches himself to play but feels bad that his music doesn't bless the life of anyone. His creativity and caring seem to go unnoticed, or does it?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Mole sees someone play a violin on TV and so he decides that he wants to play too. He enthusiastically teaches himself to play but feels bad that his music doesn't bless the life of anyone. His creativity and caring seem to go unnoticed, or does it?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deja

    One of my new favorites. Mole teaches himself to play violin, getting better and better as he imagines the power of the music he plays. He doesn't know that up above his burrow, all that he imagines is coming true as people hear his music.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    A mole learns to play the violin and wonders what his music could do for the world as he plays underground. He doesn't see what is happening above ground. Preschool and up. Heavy picture importance but very beautiful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Short but sweet book about how one good deed, no matter how small, can change the world

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wiser

    A good book to introduce classes to the value of music.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    Wonderful celebration of the power of music.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    What a great story. I really enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Lovely story that goes well with music when read out loud.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Summers

    I really like how, as Mole plays more and more violin, his television gathers cobwebs, then gets placed into an abandoned tunnel, and finally disappears.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Perseverance and the inestimable power of beauty. Love McPhail's works.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Feeling that something is missing in his simple life of digging tunnels, Mole acquires a violin and learns to make beautiful, joyful music. This, in turn, makes an impact on the world around him.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary McDaneld

    "Mole Music" has to be one of my favorite books in the whole world. The way the author shows the Mole trying something new, practicing every day, and working extremely hard can show kids never to give up. The illustrations and story line help to develop the book and character in a way that is relatable and fun. I love this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Inhabiting Books

    Mole spends his life digging tunnels and feels something is missing from his life. One night after hearing a beautiful violin performance on TV, Mole sends for a violin. When it arrives, he is discouraged at first by how badly he plays. But with persistence he builds his skill, and his playing becomes a solace in his lonely life. Our library does a program called Family Tunes & Tales that we LOVE, where 3 to 5 members of the Memphis Symphony come and play music that corresponds to a book read Mole spends his life digging tunnels and feels something is missing from his life. One night after hearing a beautiful violin performance on TV, Mole sends for a violin. When it arrives, he is discouraged at first by how badly he plays. But with persistence he builds his skill, and his playing becomes a solace in his lonely life. Our library does a program called Family Tunes & Tales that we LOVE, where 3 to 5 members of the Memphis Symphony come and play music that corresponds to a book read out loud by the children's librarian. They do it on a Saturday morning so the whole family can come and listen, and afterwards, the Junior League of Memphis has a tie-in craft that kids ages 3 to third grade can do. I don't know if this is a long-standing program or if it just started, but we only just discovered it. It works like this: the children's librarian sends the book she plans to read aloud to the Symphony members in charge of that particular session, and they come up with music that goes along with the story. Before the story starts, the musicians introduce themselves and their instruments, and demonstrate what they (the instruments) do. There to accompany this month's story was a quartet consisting of two violins, a cello, and a viola. Mole Music was this month's selection. The lead violinist explained to us that they used the notes embedded in David McPhail's illustrations for their musical accompaniment of this very moving story about the power of music. One violinist played Mole, musically. It was a wonderful story and performance. I wish everyone could hear it told to the music.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jared White

    I really love this book. I love the illustrations and the story is wonderful. Mole has a routine that he does everyday: he digs his tunnels, eats his dinner while he watches tv, and then goes to bed. He's somewhat happy but feels there's something missing and then one night, as he watches tv, he sees someone play violin and falls in love with the music. Mole is determined to have a violin and learn to play it. Slowly, he does. Through the years he plays and plays, imagining he's playing for an I really love this book. I love the illustrations and the story is wonderful. Mole has a routine that he does everyday: he digs his tunnels, eats his dinner while he watches tv, and then goes to bed. He's somewhat happy but feels there's something missing and then one night, as he watches tv, he sees someone play violin and falls in love with the music. Mole is determined to have a violin and learn to play it. Slowly, he does. Through the years he plays and plays, imagining he's playing for an audience, even for presidents and queens. Little does he know of the audiences he has each evening who listen to his songs. Eventually, he even imagines his music can help to change the world, which he knows is silly since no one has ever heard him play. You never know what consequences your actions will have on others, especially if you love and/or excel at something. Your beautiful song, played for yourself or family may, by chance, be overheard and help to lift a soul. Your splendid garden, lovingly tended for your own pleasure and for those you love, may brighten a passerby's day. Your art displayed at the local library may inspire a masterpiece in someone's future. Or your simple, spontaneous good deed to a fellow human being in need may help to change the world.

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Book Maven

    An enterprising mole decides to bring more beauty to his life by learning how to play the violin. Oh, if only that were the limits of this ultimately disappointing picture book. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the message is not one that I'd be really enthusiastic for my child to internalize: the mole begins to dream about becoming a concert violinist, performing for queens and presidents, touching peoples' lives and changing the world... ...and then he laughs at himself, talks himself out of An enterprising mole decides to bring more beauty to his life by learning how to play the violin. Oh, if only that were the limits of this ultimately disappointing picture book. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the message is not one that I'd be really enthusiastic for my child to internalize: the mole begins to dream about becoming a concert violinist, performing for queens and presidents, touching peoples' lives and changing the world... ...and then he laughs at himself, talks himself out of it, thinking that no one has even ever heard his music, not realizing that in the world above, rich and poor, king and peasant alike have been touched by his music. I get that this is a charming tale of the change we can bring to peoples' lives without ever knowing it, and THAT is a good message, but there's a little too much humility and self-effacement going on here, and not enough pursuing of big dreams. Or maybe I've just read too many picture books this month, and I'm seeing negative stuff where there is none.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Smith

    Mole Music s a lovely picture book about a mole who spends his days digging tunnels. He is happy enough, but realizes that something is missing from his life. When he sees a man playing the violin on television, he is inspired and says to himself, “I want to make beautiful music, too.” He receives a violin by mail order and teaches himself to play. It takes time for him to master the instrument, but he persists. He eventually learns to play even better than the man on television, and his music Mole Music s a lovely picture book about a mole who spends his days digging tunnels. He is happy enough, but realizes that something is missing from his life. When he sees a man playing the violin on television, he is inspired and says to himself, “I want to make beautiful music, too.” He receives a violin by mail order and teaches himself to play. It takes time for him to master the instrument, but he persists. He eventually learns to play even better than the man on television, and his music has an impact on the world above him, even though he does not realize it. On its surface, Mole Music offers a touching story with beautiful illustrations. But there are deeper lessons that will sink in with repeated reading and as children get older. Readers will learn that they should keep going when things get challenging. They’ll also receive some valuable lessons about music: it can soothe and bring joy, and it should be played from the heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love this book! Mole is simply darling. The illustrations are fabulous and the story laid out in the text is wonderful. It's a great book for showing children (and adults!) that patience provides rewards and that the most important thing in life is enjoying what you do, even if nobody else is around to witness your achievements. In other words, take pride in your accomplishments! I especially liked that unbeknownst to Mole, his music had a positive impact on the world above him. This is I love this book! Mole is simply darling. The illustrations are fabulous and the story laid out in the text is wonderful. It's a great book for showing children (and adults!) that patience provides rewards and that the most important thing in life is enjoying what you do, even if nobody else is around to witness your achievements. In other words, take pride in your accomplishments! I especially liked that unbeknownst to Mole, his music had a positive impact on the world above him. This is another great lesson for kids and adults: your actions have repercussions whether you do them alone or not. This is a book that I definitely plan to gift to my baby nieces when they are a bit older. I hope to add it to my own collection, as well! :-)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Stone

    Mole is bored with his life underground. He watches his television one night and sees someone playing a violin so he decides to order a violin for himself. When the violin arrives, Mole plays horribly but as time goes by he gets much better and never realizes that he has an audience above the ground that loves his music. This book would do wonders with a theme of music appreciation or something along the lines of “practice makes perfect.” I loved the idea that the mole was entertaining an Mole is bored with his life underground. He watches his television one night and sees someone playing a violin so he decides to order a violin for himself. When the violin arrives, Mole plays horribly but as time goes by he gets much better and never realizes that he has an audience above the ground that loves his music. This book would do wonders with a theme of music appreciation or something along the lines of “practice makes perfect.” I loved the idea that the mole was entertaining an audience without his knowledge. I’m a little upset that he never realized that they loved it though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Cushion Concert, Monticello Public Library, June 17, 2011 Mole learns to play the violin and dreams of someday playing for an audience and changing the world. Unbeknownst to him, his music is floating up above his tunnels and forest creatures, plants, and even opposing armies are listening to his music. A lovely introduction to the power of music. The library used this book as an introduction to a "cushion concert" where a violinist from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra came to demonstrate her Cushion Concert, Monticello Public Library, June 17, 2011 Mole learns to play the violin and dreams of someday playing for an audience and changing the world. Unbeknownst to him, his music is floating up above his tunnels and forest creatures, plants, and even opposing armies are listening to his music. A lovely introduction to the power of music. The library used this book as an introduction to a "cushion concert" where a violinist from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra came to demonstrate her instrument and show how music has evolved from the Baroque era to today. It was a good book to get kids thinking about music and how music can make people feel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly Brown

    In this book, Mole spends his time digging tunnels. One day, as he is watching TV, he sees somebody playing a violin and decides that he wants to learn to play the violin. He starts out not playing well at first, but he keeps practicing. His violin playing changes the world around him. I am a musician, so I love that this book is teaching the importance of music! I love seeing how Mole's music changes the world around him. I would use this book to show my students the importance of music. This is In this book, Mole spends his time digging tunnels. One day, as he is watching TV, he sees somebody playing a violin and decides that he wants to learn to play the violin. He starts out not playing well at first, but he keeps practicing. His violin playing changes the world around him. I am a musician, so I love that this book is teaching the importance of music! I love seeing how Mole's music changes the world around him. I would use this book to show my students the importance of music. This is also a great book to show students that it is important to keep practicing, even if you don't do well at the beginning.

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