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The Ring of Gilly Wood by Ruth Banister

 ‘There he is,’ whispered Vixen. ‘It’s true then,’ said Buck Rabbit. ‘He’s just a small mole,’ said Doe Rabbit. ‘He’s not just a mole,’ said Vixen.  A great queen loses a ring. Hundreds of years later a ring slips onto the paw of a young mole. The mole grows to be a wise and trusted leader of Gilly Wood and all the animals that live there. But a great threat is coming. Can one small mole save a whole valley? Mole sets out to do just that with friends he makes along the way and the strange thing on his paw…

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About the Author

Ruth was born on a hot August day on a farm in Sussex. Her English teacher once made her write a story about wasps after one landed on her during a lesson. She still hates wasps but she loves writing. Ruth now lives in Kent with her family and their strange dog.


My Review

5 Stars

Many years ago Queen Elizabeth came through the area and bathed her feet in the river, enjoyed a lunch at a local tavern, and lost a very special ring. The story then starts with a very young mole losing his family to a vixen. He happens to have the ring slip on his paw and this helps save him. This helps Mole make friends with Owl and shows him that the surface world is bigger than his little tunnels.

Mole also makes lots of friends with the other animals that come to him for advice. The suggestions are very helpful and make the animals really think about the results. There are many great morals that the animals learn from these suggestions. But then the Gilly Woods are threatened by humans hunting the animals or wanting to turn the woods into a golf course.

I loved this story. What a great way to teach morals and consequences to children! This story talks about real things like humans hunting the animals, foxes eating rabbits and moles, and such. Real life situations that are not pretty but necessary. I loved how the animals learn that working together helps everyone.

This is a wonderful story for children and adults alike. I strongly recommend adding it to any child’s book shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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