I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My daughters love reading books. We almost always order something from the Scholastic flier at school each month, and we all have piles of books from the library and overflowing bookshelves. They read themselves to sleep each night. I appreciate the opportunity to read new books via Netgalley, and I was very excited about this book.
A Friend for Mole is a picture book by Nancy Armo. The story begins with a little mole getting a little too curious and venturing aboveground and away from the safety of his dark burrow. The bright sunlight hurts his eyes, but he manages to stumble into a bush. At nighttime, he finds himself lost and unable to find his way home. Mole meets a little wolf, who is lost and afraid of the dark. Can these two unlikely friends help each other or are they just too different?
The illustrations are darling. I love Armo’s style. The animals are rendered in a very gentle manner, and she makes wonderful use of sunshine and darkness. I loved the way that she showed Mole and Wolf being gentle and kind with each other through small gestures and facial expressions.
This was a wonderful story. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. I loved the emphasis on kindness and finding common ground. Even though Mole was frightened, he still listened to what Wolf had to say. They found ways to help each other, and they found that they had more in common than they thought they did.
I would absolutely recommend A Friend For Mole. This story will appeal to preschoolers, as well as children in the early years of elementary school. My daughters loved this book, and they found it easy to relate to Mole and Wolf because they have similar fears. Nancy Armo has a delightful style of storytelling, and I am looking forward to reading more books from her.