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Little Mole

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Little Mole is the best known Czech cartoon character created by Zdeněk Miler.  Animated films and books are beloved by generation and are well known around the world.

  • timeless character – continuous success since 1956
  • 50 film episodes
  • dozens of books
  • numerous merchandising products
  • world popularity – the cartoon has been seen in over 80 countries, the books have been published in 24 languages, over 6 million copies sold
  • conquest of space – plush toy joint astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle

Attributes: friendship, kindness, joy, goodwill, honesty, tradition, simplicity, curiosity, courage, childhood, respect for others, love for nature

INTRODUCTION

Little Mole (Krtek or Krteček in Czech) is a charming, friendly and helpful animated character created for a series of cartoons 59 years ago. The idea for Mole’s creation came when Zdeněk Miler was commissioned to make an educational film for children about a production of fabric in 1956.  Influenced by the films of Walt Disney, he looked for an animal as the main character. Later, he said that the idea to use the mole as his main character came to him when he stumbled over a mole-hill whilst on a walk. The first film was “How the Mole got his Trousers” won a Silver Lion in Venice in 1957.

The production of further film episodes started in 1963, the first book was published in 1964. In the beginning, the mole spoke. However, Miler wanted his mole to be understood everywhere in the world so he decided to use his daughters as voice actors, reducing the speech to short non-verbal exclamations in order to express the mole's feelings and world perception. His daughters were also his test audience, who got to see the films first. Thus Miler could see whether his message resonated with children.

This personage quickly won quickly enormous popularity, in the course of next forty years another 50 films were made. Dozen of books were published and numerous merchandising licenses were sold. Little Mole is a great success not only in central Europe or Germany,  from the beginning to this day the mole has been seen in over 80 countries.

In 2011, the astronaut Andrew Feustel decided to bring Little Mole into space. The special lighter and smaller version of plush Little Mole has been engineered to meet NASA specifications. The Endeavour flight was Little Mole's first voyage outside the Earth's atmosphere, but it wasn't his first trip on a rocket ship. In "Little Mole and the Spaceship," from 1965, Little Mole flies around the world before crash-landing on a small island. Local animals help him reassemble his craft and fly home.

Albatros Media offers the international co-editions of various formats:

CLASSIC TALES

The popular stories of Little Mole in a hard bound book binding, 195 x 255 mm, 36 – 104 pp, age 4+

  • How Little Mole Got his Trousers  (Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel)
  • Little Mole and His Little Car (Krtek a autíčko)
  • Little Mole and the Green Star (Krtek a zelená hvězda)
  • Little Mole and the Eagle (Krtek a orel)
  • Little Mole and Umbrella (Krtek a paraplíčko)
  • Little Mole and Mother (Krtek a maminka)
  • Little Mole in the City (Krtek ve městě)
  • How Little Mole Cured Little Mouse (Jak krtek uzdravil myšku)
  • Little Mole and the Spaceship (Krtek a raketa)
  • Little Mole and Snowman (Krtek a sněhulák)
  • Little Mole and Christmas (Krtek a Vánoce)

BIND-UPS OF CLASSIC TALES

Exclusive editions, hard bound binding with cloth spine binding look and ribbon, 195 x 255 mm, 72 – 288 pp, age 4+

  • The Tales of Little Mole (Krtkova dobrodružství)- How Little Mole Got his Trousers + Little Mole and His Little Car  + Little Mole and Umbrella
  • Little Mole in Winter (Krtek v zimě) – Little Mole and Snowmand + Little Mole and Christmas

BOARD BOOKS

Book format or folding (concertina),150 x 150 mm, 12 pp, the illustration by Zdeněk Miler in cooperation with his daughter Kateřina Miler. Age 2+

  • Little Mole in Spring (Krtek a jaro)
  • Little Mole in Summer (Krtek a léto)
  • Little Mole in Autumn (Krtek a podzim)
  • Little Mole in Winter (Krtek a zima)
  • Little Mole's Week (Krtkův týden)

BOARD BOOKS

Different formats of simple board books with popular illustrations of Zdeněk Miler, age 1+

  • The Mole and Animals on the Farm (Krtek a zvířátka na dvoře)
  • The Mole and Animals in the Wild (Krtek a zvířátka v přírodě)
  • The Mole and Sounds around us (Krtek a zvuky kolem nás)
  • Help Little Mole (Hledáme s Krtkem)
  • Little Mole and Easter (Krtkovy velikonoce)

ACTIVITY BOOKS

Coloring, drawing, first writing and and many other tasks develop children’s skill in various fields. 210 x 295 mm, 32-96 pp, paperback. Age 3+

  • Let's Draw with Little Mole (Kreslíme si s Krtkem)
  • Let's Play with Little Mole (Hrajeme si s Krtkem)
  • Let's Talk to Little Mole (Říkáme si s Krtkem)
  • Let's Travel with Little Mole (Cestujeme s Krtkem)
  • Let's Have Fun with Little Mole (Bavíme se s Krtkem)
  • Let's Draw Little Mole's Year (Krtkův kreslený rok)
  • Little Mole's Funny Games (Krtkovy veselé hrátky) – bind-up

STICKER BOOKS

Without the text, 210 z 297 mm, 8 pp, laminated paperbook. Age 3+

  • Recognize Colours with the Mole (Poznáváme barvy s Krtkem)
  • Recognize Shapes with the Mole (Poznáváme tvary s Krtkem)
  • Learning Colours with the Mole (Učíme se barvy s Krtkem)
  • Learning Shapes with the Mole (Učíme se tvary s Krtkem)
  • Happy Games with the Mole – Look for the Correct Picture (Veselé hrátky s Krtkem – Najdi správný obrázek)
  • Happy Games with the Mole – Fill in the Correct Picture (Veselé hrátky s Krtkem – Doplň správný obrázek)

NEW: BUGGY BOOKS

Board book with stretchy loop and clip for attaching to the buggy. 80 x 80 mm, 10 spreads + cover, round corners

  • Buggy Book – Little Mole and Animals in the Wild (Knížka do kočárku – Krtek a zvířátka v přírodě)
  • Buggy Book – Little Mole and Animals on the Farm (Knížka do kočárku – Krtek a zvířátka na dvorku)

PIXI books

6 popular classic tales in the pixi format.

ENGLISH LEARNING BOARDBOOKS

The first English dictionary. Board book, 130 x 130 mm, 12 pp

  • Mole and His Friends (Krtek a kamarádi)
  • Mole and the Year (Krtek a rok)
  • Mole and His Friends (Krtek a kamarádi) – in a laminated cardboard box and 64-piece cardboard memory game
  • Mole and the Year (Krtek a rok)  – in a laminated cardboard box and 64-piece cardboard memory game

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Zdeněk Miler (1921 - 2011) was Czech animator and illustrator; he is best known for his Mole character and its adventures. Miler was born in Kladno (near Prague). He has been working in animated film for over 60 years and his films have won numerous awards at festivals around the world. The idea for Mole’s creation came when Miler was commissioned to make an educational film for children in 1956. He was not happy with the script he was given.  Strongly influenced as he was by the films of Walt Disney, he looked for an animal as the main character. Later, he said that the idea to use the mole as his main character came to him when he stumbled over a mole-hill whilst on a walk. The first film was titled “How the Mole got his Trousers”, which won a Silver Lion in Venice. In the beginning, the mole spoke. However, Miler wanted his mole to be understood everywhere in the world so he decided to use his daughters as voice actors, reducing the speech to short non-verbal exclamations in order to express the mole's feelings and world perception. His daughters were also his test audience, who got to see the films first. Thus Miler could see whether his message resonated with children. Little Mole was a huge success in Czechoslovakia, Eastern Europe or Germany from the beginning and today the mole can be seen in over 80 countries.

Hana Doskočilová (1936) is author of dozens of books aimed at the youngest age group, and long-term editor with Albatros. She also works in radio, theatre and for children’s magazines.

Eduard Petiška (1924 – 1987) was writer of prose and poetry and author of books for adults and children, translator of classical poetry and fairy tales from German, he has worked in radio, television, film and theatre all his life. He has written some twenty successful books for children, which continue to appear in new reprints.


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Little Mole's Herbarium White petals and a yellow centre – this is how a lot of flowers blooming in fields, on meadows or along roads look like. But which one of them is a camomile and which one is a daisy? Can you tell them apart? And do you know how a plantain looks like? Let’s discover and learn the beauties of meado...
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