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Moldy Warp the Mole (The Tales of Little Grey Rabbit) Hardcover – Abridged, 6 Mar 2000
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From the Back Cover
LITTLE GREY RABBIT lives with Squirrel and Hare in a little house on the edge of a wood.
Moldy Warp the Mole lives nearby in his cosy underground house. One day, he finds a tiny square stone painted with a golden eye, and realises that it must be part of a bigger picture, from a long time ago.
There is nothing Moldy Warp loves better than finding things, so he brushes his whiskers, washes his hands in his little stream that runs through his little house, and sets off.
Along the way he meets all his friends – Hare and little Grey Rabbit, Squirrel and Fuzzypeg, and a crowd of young rabbits.
"Oh, can we come treasure hunting too?" they beg, and Mole agrees.
He is about to find something quite wonderful, and more than he expects…
ALISON UTTLEY'S Little Grey Rabbit stories have been enjoyed by children for over seventy years. Her sharply observant eye, wonderful wit and pure enjoyment of the cosy never fail to delight. It is a testament to both her and Margaret Tempest;s skill that these classic stories are as appealing today as ever.
Where little Grey Rabbit, Squirrel and Hare live, water does not come out of a tap and there is no electricity. Every morning when Grey Rabbit wakes up, she fills her kettle from the stream just beyond the garden, lights the fire, and makes the tea from daisyheads in a little brown teapot. Then she calls Squirrel and Hare down to their breakfast of lettuce, leaves, nuts and fresh milk.
ALISON UTTLEY'S love of country life – gathering spring flowers, picknicking in summer meadows and skating on frozen ponds – comes through vividly in her stories.
She wrote about her characters, "Why do children love them? Because I believe in them," and it is easy to imagine that if one looked hard enough, one might just find the Little Grey Rabbit, quick Squirrel, bold, careless Hare, kind Moldy Warp the Mole and little Fuzzypeg the Hedgehog all going about their business.
MARGARET TEMPEST'S beautiful watercolours perfectly capture this world. She illustrated the very little Grey Rabbit Story, and her partnership with Alison Uttley continued for forty years.
'The little Grey Rabbit Classic Library'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday'
• 'Hare and the Easter Eggs'
• 'Moldy Warp the Mole'
• 'Wise Owl's story'
• GIFT EDITION
• 'Little grey's Rabbit's Christmas'
• AVAILABLE SOON
• 'Fuzzypeg goes to School'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit's May Day'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit Goes to the Sea'
• 'Little Grey Rabbit Goes to the Sea'
• 'Water Rat's Picnic'
• 'The Knot Squirrel Tied'
• 'Squirrel Goes Skating'
About the Author
Alison Uttley was born in 1884 in Derbyshire. She wrote about her characters, “Why do children love them? Because I believe in them.” And it is easy to imagine that just over the next hill, little Grey Rabbit, quick Squirrel, bold Hare, kind Moldy Warp and little Fuzzypeg really are all going about their business.
Margaret Tempest illustrated the very first Little Grey Rabbit story and her partnership with Alison Uttley continued successfully over the next forty years. Her beautiful, witty watercolours are as much loved and remembered today as when the stories were first published.
Top Customer Reviews
Modly Warp, the very the down to earth thinker and doer of the Little Gray Rabbit series, is also a great model of maturity and responsibility for children, especially boys, in his role as counter-point to the kind, gentle Gray Rabbit.
Some may wish to criticize this book, as they might the series, as old fashioned in its ways, for its portrate of great virtures, and as "unrealistic" gentle sweetness. Yet that is exactly what appeals both to me and to my children.
In its fundamentals of ordinary life, Moldy Warp's adventure is not so far from that of the child's own imaginings, but relates them to new, interesting possiblities of treasures more realistic than mere pirate gold. Local history is available to everyone, and indeed can be discovered by some well planned digging.
However, the great power of this wonderful book is in the lesson that is exemplified when, having come back from Badger's house with many fine Roman antiquities, the wonder of which he has an acute awareness, he is generous enough to allow the young ones to carry them for him. When they loose all of them on the way, he resolves the feeling a sadness and guilt by having a picnic for them, and expressing his genuine affection, and satisfaction, for, and in, his friends.
I read, and was excited by, this story 40 years ago, both of my children find great satisfaction in it today.Read more ›