Mole, who lives in a small hole beneath the earth, lives a life with few hues: Everything in his home is black or white with just a few exceptions. His hands and feet, which are bright pink, are the same color as neighboring worms and his best friend, Chandelier.
Mole digs and digs, dreaming of finding something colorful at the end of one of his tunnels, but day after day, he is disappointed. One day, as Mole continues to search, he finds a pink radish poking through the top of his tunnel like a chandelier. Chandelier has a view that goes beyond Mole’s.
Delighted with the knowledge that the world isn’t just black and white, he starts to talk to his chandelier about the world above.
He learns that the world is full of colors!
As Mole listens to Chandelier describe life aboveground, he imagines bright clothes, red roofs, vibrant green trees, pastel flowers, and the blush of the sun as it sinks through the sky.
The next morning, Mole wakes to find Chandelier is gone. Chandelier has been harvested from the garden, leaving a hole in Mole’s ceiling and also in his heart as he grieves for the loss of his friend—the only color he’s ever known.
With Mole’s friend being uprooted, Mole must conquer his fear of what lies on the other side. It is then that Mole remembers what chandelier had said to him. “There is so much color and so much life to be found. But to find it, you must search for it.”
With Chandelier’s words ringing in his ears, Mole bravely digs his way up and into the world for the first time.
He is so upset at first that it takes him a moment to realize how bright his home has become. With Chandelier’s words ringing in his ears, Mole bravely digs his way up and into the world for the first time. He crawls out of his black-and-white hole into the world above and discovers a place more colorful than he ever dreamed possible.