The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce

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One day old Mr. Franklin asks Bet to go out to the field and read aloud from a book about earthworms. Why? Who is listening? Soon, Bet becomes the most trusted friend of her listener, who turns out to be a bewitched mole.

At first she and the mole simply sit together in their field, reading, talking, sharing hopes and fears. But soon Bet is helping the Little Gentleman unravel his long and legendary past -- a past that includes the death of a king and a pouch of magic herbs. Bet begins to believe the mole's powers are stronger than he knows. She thinks he can even shift her size and take her exploring in his tunnels if he tries. Nothing is impossible. When the mole finally reveals his deepest wish, Bet knows she can help him.

But will it change everything?

 

About Philippa Pearce

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Philippa Pearce is the author of many books, several of which are considered classics both in the United States and in her native England. Her award-winning titles include Tom's Midnight Garden, which received the Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Notable Book; The Battle of Bubble and Squeak, which received the Whitbread Award; and Mrs. Cockle's Cat, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. Tony Johnston is the author of numerous children's books, including "Big Foot Cinderrrrrella," She lives in San Marino, California. Tom Pohrt is the author/illustrator of, most recently," Having a Wonderful Time," He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Guid Pub. 200 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the invalided Mr. Franklin engages Bet, his housekeeper’s young granddaughter, to read aloud to no one in particular in the meadow outside his house, she soon discovers that she is, in fact, reading aloud to a mole—no ordinary mole, but a magicked mole, who has been cursed with eternal life ...

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Pearce (Tom's Midnight Garden ) offers readers a glimpse into the mysterious friendship between Bet, a quiet girl living with her grandparents in rural Englan

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The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce, illustrated by Patrick Benson 160pp, Puffin, £9.99 The last mole who spoke to humans was the cantankerous Mouldiwarp in E Nesbit's The House of Arden, avatar of the Arden family's heraldic badge.

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Pearce (Tom's Midnight Garden ) offers readers a glimpse into the mysterious friendship between Bet, a quiet girl living with her grandparents in rural England, and a mole she encounters on the riverbank near the grounds of their neighbor, Mr. Franklin.

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