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Marry Me, Mole?

"A beautifully illustrated picture book that tackles bolds facts about love and life"

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Radiant with warm sentiments and brave truths, in Marry Me, Mole? Jeanne Willis and Susan Varley have created a unique, talking-point picture book that transcends ages, with a powerful message at its honest heart - love sometimes means choosing not to be together.

This profound and poetic picture book opens with Bird asking Mole to marry them, with Bird promising to make Mole the best nest in the sky. But, though their love is mutual, Mole replies with a resounding “No, it won’t do”. They are simply too different for it to work. As Mole explains:

“I’ll always love you, Bird,” said Mole,
“But I belong inside a hole“
“And you belong up in the sky.”
“You’re right,” said Bird and gave a sigh.

Though this is a tough truth to take, the story ends on a glorious note of hope. Even though love isn’t always enough, “out there somewhere there will be/Someone for you/Someone for me”.

Certain to spark valuable conversations about the nature of love, difference and learning to live and love in different ways, the rhyming text is poetic, perfectly-pitched and a joy to read aloud, and the illustrations are a delicately detailed delight.

Joanne Owen

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