Mole had everything—a home, a bed, a pillow, a shelf of books and a teacup. He loved adventures like spooking the birds, looking into caves, and sitting on his favorite rock to think. Then he invited his friend, Emerson, over for tea. Alas there was only one teacup.
Emerson takes Mole to see his home, where he has almost everything. Suddenly Mole feels that his home is inadequate. He digs a long tunnel in hope of finding everything he needs. Lo and behold everywhere he looks, he finds something for his house. When he feels he has everything, he drags it all back to his small house. The work of maintaining EVERYTHING is overwhelming. Mole has no time for his favorite activities. Finally Mole makes up his mind. He makes a sign: Almost Everything for Free. The whole town rushes over and when everybody has taken something, almost everything is gone. Now Mole has time to walk under the stars. Now Mole can revel in everything he does have: one home, one bed, one pillow, one shelf for books and two cups for tea.
The illustrations are charming and Mole and Emerson are slightly anthropomorphic. The books is fun to look at and a surprise fold out in the book will charm children as they look at what Mole has collected. The message is gentle and true. One of the most valuable things we can have is time to do what is important and joyful for us. Even young children will get the message. This could be a great storytime for younger children with a simple discussion about what is really important.
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