Children’s book review: Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis


ast night we read Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis (Walker Books, 2012, for children aged 3-7 years).

This is a sweet story that’s very different on the second read.


Vole gets up early to go and watch the sunrise and Mole comments that he’s never seen one – so Vole takes him and the two friends sit and enjoy it with a couple of other friends, chatting about how the sun looks and the warmth it gives.

They both enjoy it – the walk through the forest, the company, and sharing the sunrise. It’s only at the end that we are told, if we haven’t realised already, that mole is blind.

This is an understated story about friendship and inclusion, and playing to abilities rather than disabilities.


Thanks to Kate Long for the heads up on this sweet, enjoyable little book.


Buy: Amazon

(not currently available to order on Hive or Waterstones but local bookshops may be able to order it in).

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