Mole is content with his life until his friend Emerson causes him to doubt his simple lifestyle. Inspired by Emerson, Mole sets out to collect many things, which he drags along on a string. Mole gathers up “essential things” like a pirate flag and a traffic light, and his newfound possessions are gloriously shown in a huge, fold out illustration. The pictures effectively show Mole discovering that having everything is not all that is cracked up to be. After deciding that living with everything is just too much trouble, Mole decides to return to his simpler lifestyle. The paintings in the story help to subtly reinforce the author’s message that less can sometimes be more. This story will be enjoyed by readers aged four and up.
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