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Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

One wintry afternoon, Mole finds something smooth and sparkly sticking out of the snow. "It must be a diamond!" he thinks.
As Mole rushes to show his new treasure to his friends, it keeps changing shape in his hands. Could it be magic?
The lovable Mole and his loyal friends Hedgehog, Squirrel, and Rabbit are back, finding magic in the most unexpected places.

"Emmett once again charms us with the unaffected simplicity of Mole, the little woodland creature who believes anything is possible.”

Jennifer Miller, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

"Something of the awe and wonder - that silence, stillness and sheer beauty of a pristine landscape - is captured in this enchanting winter's tale for young listeners and readers."

Jill Bennett, WORDPOOL

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UK Paperback • ISBN-10: 1406373532 • ISBN-13: 978-1406373530

UK Hardcover • ISBN-10: 0744586976 • ISBN-13: 978-0744586978

 

US Hardcover • ISBN-10: 0763631175 • ISBN-13: 9780763631178

 

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After taking more than a year to come up with the second Mole story, this third Mole story came hot on its heels. As I’ve already remarked in my comments on No Place Like Home, one of the striking things about Vanessa Cabban's night time illustrations for the first Mole book, Bringing Down The Moon, is the predominance of the colour blue. The second book was set in springtime and (although Vanessa had not started work on the illustrations at that point) I had envisaged that it would be predominantly green. I wanted to sustain this pattern of dominant colours and so I set this third story in wintertime so that Vanessa’s illustrations could be predominantly white for this book.

This prescriptive approach to the books’ colouring might be intimidating for some illustrators.  However Vanessa is very skilled at working with a limited palette and has once again produced a set of wonderful illustrations.

Mole is always chasing after the unattainable. The theme of this book is similar to that of Bringing Down the Moon, in that Mole becomes enamoured with a beautiful object, in this case an icicle. However in this instance, Mole attains the object of his desire – only to lose it again! At first he feels foolish, but eventually he understands that something as ephemeral as an icicle can still be precious.

I’m too old to remember my first experience of snow, so I was thinking about someone else when I was writing the beginning of the book. I had a college friend, who was an overseas student from Malaysia. As we walked back from a lecture one afternoon, it began snowing heavily, something that I had mixed feelings about, as I knew it meant a treacherous walk across campus for the next couple of days. However, my friend, who had never experienced a snowfall, was thrilled. I can still recall the look of child-like wonder on his face and the way that he spun around, whooping, with his arms outstretched trying to catch the falling snow.

 

This book is for
Bob &
Margaret

Illustrations © 2006 Vanessa Cabban. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd., London .
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A diamond in the snow - that's what Mole is convinced he's found when he takes a walk having emerged from his burrow to find the woods covered in a thick white blanket. But when he tries to take it home, the diamond disappears and his friends find him sad and empty handed. Hedgehog, Squirrel and Rabbit are unconvinced by his story until Mole shows them where he found his treasure. Looking up into the branches of the tree, they see hundreds of diamonds hanging there in the freezing cold and when the sun sets, the bejewelled tree truly sparkles and they are all entranced by the magical sight.
Something of the awe and wonder - that silence, stillness and sheer beauty of a pristine landscape - is captured in this enchanting winter's tale for young listeners and readers.

Jill Bennett, WORDPOOL

   Recoding magical moments that occur in nature can lead to sappy text and overly idealized illustrations – this is NOT the case with Cabban’s illustrations or Emmett’s prose. Readers/listeners will experience the awe and joy of Mole’s first experience with snow just as if they had shared it with him ... Descriptive adjectives abound in the uncompromising prose: marvellous, wonderful, fantastic, etc. The rich language reinforces Mole’s proclamation: “I told you they (icicles) were MAGIC!” Glowing with light, the illustrations give a real sense of wonder in observing nature. Sharing this lovely story should prompt parents, teachers, and care givers to get their youngsters out into the world to use their own eyes to find “magic.”

Sheilah Egan, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

This is a beautifully told and mesmerising story with a very simple, easy to follow, story line. The text is accompanied by wonderfully simple illustrations which complement the story and create a magic of their own. Clever techniques are used to draw the reader into the story with moles tumble down the hill being divided across a double page into four columns, creating a level of excitement. This is a wonderful story to read aloud and share, especially at Christmas time.

Louise Ellis-Barrett, WRITE AWAY

Cabban hits a home run with a series of splendid illustrations that invoke the wonder, mystery and color of winter ... A simple tale, gently told and richly visualized.

Nicholas A. Basbanes, ORLANDO SENTINEL

What Mole learns in this story is that though his diamond is only an icicle, it is still beautiful, and when it is seen in the right way, it is even magical ... Charming illustrations showing expressive and loveable Mole in his new environment perfectly capture the essence of this warm little story.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW

A gentle picture book that oozes charm and child appeal ... This simple story reads well and perfectly captures the enchantment of the natural world for young children.
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LEICESTERSHIRE LIBRARY SERVICE

A classic tale that children will love, this book highlights the beauty of the world we live in and the magic of nature.

Rachel Newcombe, BABY HAMPSHIRE MAGAZINE

Emmett once again charms us with the unaffected simplicity of Mole, the little woodland creature who believes anything is possible ... Emmett's tender book celebrates a child's openness to being moved by nature.

Jennifer Miller, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS

Jonathan Emmett’s gentle story is sure to delight young children, especially during the winter months when (if!) there is snow on the ground. Adults will be charmed by the simple fascination with one of nature’s special gifts. Sweet woodland illustrations by Vanessa Cabban will further endear this book to children and “designated readers.” DIAMOND IN THE SNOW is a darling picture book that should find a cherished spot on family bookshelves everywhere.

Christina Wantz Fixemer, WANTZ UPON A TIME

One of my absolute favourite snowy picture books isn’t about Christmas at all. Diamond in the Snow by Jonathan Emmett and Vanessa Cabban is utterly gorgeous ... The beautiful illustrations and simply told gentleness of this tale about the wonders of nature are sure to please both children and adults. This is a book to read over and over.

Eve Harvey, VULPES LIBRIS

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Translation

Language
Title
Translator
Publisher
Hardcover ISBN
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china
China
雪地里 的钻石
卢芳
Beijing Yunaliu Classic Culture Ltd
 
9787221098214
(Part of a 4 paperback set of the first 4 Mole books)
Paperback
4 Book Set
Denmark
Dutch
Ik wil een diamant
Annelies Jorna
Van Goor
9000037247
 
France
French
une Taupe sous la Neige
Hélène Varnoux
Gründ
2700015215
 
Hardcover
Frisian
Mol yn 'e snie
Hermien van der Meer
Afûk
9062736696
 
Indonesia
German
Was glitzert da im Schnee?
Peter Ahorner
Annette Betz
9783219114942
 
Hardcover
Indonesia
Hebrew
יהלום בשלג
אירית ארב
Kinneret
 
Indonesia
Hungarian
Téli varázslat
Parnaki Ágnes
Naphegy Kiadó
9789638728142
 
Japanese
ぼく、ふゆのきらきらをみつけたよ
おびか ゆうこ
Tokuma Shoten
(BFC)
9784198622480
(4198622485)
 
Hardcover
Korean
눈 속의 다이아몬드
Kyowon
97888921442802
9788921001184
 
Slovenia
Serbian
Драгуљ у снегу
Весна Смиљанић
Beli Put
8685489474
 
Slovenia
Slovenian
Diamant v Snegu
Metka Bartol
Ucila
9616588508
 
Sweden
Swedish
Diamanten i snon
Ulrika Berg
Sjöstrands Förlag
9175746425