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Annotation: Offers a tour of the mole community's sophisticated underground world, featuring a mole who explores a range of possible solutions after discovering the precarious balance between progress and preservation.
Catalog Number: #114978
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: North-South Books
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7358-4208-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7358-4208-3
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In stunning watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Kuhlmann (Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, 2014) delivers a cautionary tale about caring for the environment. It begins simply mole moves to a verdant green field and makes a home burrow. Soon more moles arrive, and the burrow begins to grow. Kuhlmann, a skilled technical illustrator, includes subtle details in his architectural scenes that mirror the development of industrialization. First, a lantern appears in a tunnel en electric lightbulbs, indoor stoves, and plumbing. Fed up with picks for digging, the moles invent a steam-powered mechanical shovel and then a massive coal-powered drill. The mole community soon divides into hard-hatted laborers and fedora-­clad business moles. Soon not a shred of dirt appears in the moles' homes and offices; where they were once surrounded by earth, now only exists regimented cubicles and filing cabinets, and a final spread reveals what they have wrought on the surface. Is it dire? For sure, though the endpapers reveal a future where the moles band together to preserve what nature they have left. Kuhlmann's meticulous, precise illustrations are the star of this nearly wordless book, and each vivid spread of expanding modernization reveals an enormous amount of detail and evokes deep emotion. A poignant picture book with an unmistakable message and gorgeous, mesmerizing artwork.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (9/1/15)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD450L

Torben Kulhmann's stunningly illustrated, nearly wordless tale offers a fascinating window into an imaginary, yet hauntingly familiar world under our feet, where a mole suddenly recognizes the precarious balance between progress and preservation. Kulhmann's open ended text encourages thoughtful exploration into possible solutions, and his delightful endpapers depict a montage of solutions that could very well save the moles' world and ours.

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