The Little Gentleman
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 unra...more
The Little Gentleman written by Phillipa Pearce and illustrated by Patrick Benson is the story of a young girl called Elizabeth (Bet) and her developing relationship with a talking mole that lives in a nearby meadow. They become friends and start to share each others life stories and experiences. We learn about the moles immortality and Bet’s role in trying to make him a normal mortal mole. The book focuses on the how young people relate to others and how ...more
This is the second time I have tried to read a Pearce book, thinking, "This looks charming." But no. The word is dreary. Sorry, but I'm not giving her another chance.
The only thing I enjoyed was the key historical reference to the Jacobites' beloved "little gentleman".
The mole tells his lengthy adventurous story to Bet. She tries to understand his mammal life, and he ...more
Our next read:
Harry Potter on audio CD!
Pearce wrote over 30 books, including A Dog So Small (1962), Mi ...more