This book tells the story of a proud but foolish mole and his wiser daughter. Father Mole is full of matrimonial ambitions for her; not content with a mere mole as her suitor, he sets his sights on the most glorious wooer that can be found.First, Father Mole approaches the great sky, who arches over all the earth. But the sky, while assuring the mole that he is honored, points out that he can be easily defeated by the sun, who blots him out merely by dipping below the horizon. Father Mole ponders this, feels the force of his argument and moves on. Next, of course, must be the sun, but he feels the same way...The last potential suitor to be interviewed is the mighty wind, who reduces the whole mole family to contemplating a dusty old stone wall: the only thing able to withstand him. When a handsome young mole burrows up from underneath it, the daughter gently points out his superiority, and wins her desire -- and appropriate -- mate.
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Illustrated by Julia GukovaFrom School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3?An adequate adaptation of a familiar folktale in which a father searches the natural world?sun, cloud, wind, rock?in order to find the best husband for his daughter, finally realizing that another of the same species would make her the happiest. An editor's note claims that this version, which features a mole family, was adapted from a Korean tale. No source is given. Neither is the author's name. While the narrative is fairly smooth, repeated references to "the father," "the mother," and "the daughter" make the tale seem impersonal and distances readers. There is a soft dreaminess to Gukova's full-page, oil-like, mixed-media paintings. The artist has created exceptionally fine anthropomorphic representations of the sky, the sun, the cloud, and the wind. All of her softened cartoon moles, except for the blue-eyed mole daughter and her new husband (appropriately blushing and dreamy-eyed), wear glasses. Two versions of the similar Japanese tale feature mice. Eric Kimmel's The Greatest of All (Holiday, 1991) is more ornate both in text and illustrations and more pleasing to the ear. Anne Bowen Ingram's Mouse's Marriage (Puffin, 1988) is the simplest and most traditional; it does not vary from "The Wedding Mouse," presented in Yochiko Uchida's The Dancing Kettle and Other Japanese Folktales (Creative Arts, 1986).?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Book Description Annick Press Ltd, Buffalo, NY. USA., 2001. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. Cover is bent at the bottom right hand corner, but this is an unread copy. Bookseller Inventory # 009417
Book Description Annick Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111550375245
Book Description Annick Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1550375245