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?
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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 ...| Read Full Review of The Little Gentleman
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.Oct 16 2004 | Read Full Review of The Little Gentleman
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.Nov 08 2004 | Read Full Review of The Little Gentleman