Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino - OPTIONAL

Yaccarino, Dan Morris Mole  PICTURE BOOK  Harper, 2017.  $17.99  Content: G.  

Morris is the smallest mole out of his brothers and they don’t listen to his ideas.  One day Morris decides he’s going to overcome his fears and instead of digging down to look for food he is going to dig up.  He discovers all sorts of good foods and enjoys the trees and flowers.  He ends up saving a fox from a hungry wolf, and in gratitude the fox gathers food and throws it down the hole to Morris and his brothers.  

The illustrations in the book are fun and bright and Morris the Mole is adorable.  I liked the idea that even though he was small and scared, he became courageous and was rewarded for his work.  But the fox part of the story was weird-the fox was going to eat Morris and then Morris saved the fox against a wolf?  Why didn’t the wolf want to eat Morris?  It became really illogical and lost its appeal.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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