A Mole Named Cole and a Whole Lot of Hole


Children - Preschool
52 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2011
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Author Biography

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carleton University in 1990, Peter entered the field of child-care education. He has completed a Master of Arts degree (TESOL) through Columbia University Teachers College, and his current research has as its focus the benefits of respecting mother tongue (L1) in L2 learning environments. His thesis paper on “Language Revitalization” touches on the importance of respecting all languages regardless of their perceived importance in a “globalized” world. His love for teaching young learners keeps him motivated in his writing and the “Cole the Mole” stories have been dedicated to his two-year old daughter and his supportive wife.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Cole the Mole is a spunky little fellow. His curiosity gets the better of him, and he decides to venture outside the safety and knowability of his hole in order to discover what exists beyond his own limited environment.

Ever so slowly, Cole eases up from the tunnels below the earth. He is cautious but steadfast in his resolve to reach the world above the ground. At last he reaches the top and stands in amazement at the warmth of the sun.

He ventures five steps and then ten. Then, he decides to venture fifteen and then twenty steps. All the time, his safe haven hole is visible as he takes baby steps in his exploration of the world above.

In all, Cole concludes that he "met the sun" and "had a good run" and he is satisfied to return to his hole and to the safety of what he has already known and felt.

The story is one to which preschool children will easily relate. At the end of the story is a section called the mini-chant. While looking at pictures, children can read positioning words which will help them with placement phrases once they start to school. It will also prove to be a good first reader for many children. The illustrations are beautifully done. They are sure to catch the eye of the child. While this book has an excellent message on having a positive attitude it can also be a learning tool.

Peter Cassidy

Thanks for the review Dr. Pirnot!