Meet Molly

by Valerie Tripp

Paperback, 1988



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American Girl (1988), 59 pages


While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Molly is a girl growing up in the 1940s during WWII. Her family is trying to cope with dad gone and the various constraints of war to deal with. She battles with her brother, but they both agree that it is better to be friends than to fight.
LibraryThing member eward06
This represents a Realistic Fiction book. It is extremely true to life and allows children to connect with what the people in the book are experiencing. They can notice human interaction. The plot works together well and the people in the story are unique. Molly is a unique character. She is the
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protagonist and we know this because of the way the story is centered around her thoughts and actions. She is revealed through her interactions, thoughts, actions, and the narrator. The small amount of media used in this book is acrylics. This is most appropriate for the Intermediate level.
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Molly is a spunky nine-year-old dealing with school, family, and friends on the homefront during WWII. The stories are fine and I like Katherine Kellgren as a narrator quite a bit. I'd recommend this audio collection to American Girl fans.
LibraryThing member roseannes
This book is full of illustrations, both in the margins and with full page panels which makes the book come alive and be more interesting to those just starting out with chapter books. It's the story of Molly who lives during World War 2 in America and is just a normal girl with normal girl
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problems set against the historical backdrop. She learns mostly about relationships in these books, as coming of age type characters tend to do, but also about the world because of what is happening. I liked it and thought it was fun. Spunky girls like Molly are fun characters, particularly when they're not really great at everything like sometimes spunky female characters are apt to be. I think this is great for kids just starting to get into reading chapter books and could also connect to a history unit about world war two.
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LibraryThing member kjgehman
World War II, friendships, military families, young girl, realistic fiction
LibraryThing member mbeal
I would definitely have this in my classroom for upper elementary school students because I believe it would be challenging, but not too challenging and it's a chapter book. I also think that this book would be an excellent way to help my students connect to World War II history and make it more
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relatable as a result.
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LibraryThing member lcisabell
Meet Molly is the first series of chapter books about Molly, a clever, 9 year old, who schemes and plans reveenge on her younger brother who she believes ruins her Halloween. The story takes place during WW II, her father a doctor is away caring for the soliders, while her mother works for Red
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Cross. The book takes you through the changes and experineces of Molly, while the country is at war. This historical fiction provides the reader with tevents from 1939 to 1944 in America. This book can be used as a reserach tool, in the back of the book there are real life pictures of the events and happenings in this country during this time period. Suggested for readers in 3rd grade and higher. Can be used for descriptive writing.
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LibraryThing member shsunon
Molly McIntire, an American girl during World War II, is facing daily life changes: Her doctor father is serving in the Army in England. Her mother volunteers long hours at the Red Cross headquarters. Molly misses them. Meanwhile the stern Mrs. Gilford (housekeeper) prepares exotic dishes like
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mashed turnips which Molly detests! Planning Halloween costumes with her friends gives Molly a sense of normalcy. Molly has her own war at home---a conflict with her older brother, pesky Ricky. Both Molly and Ricky plan and carry out vengeance.

Meet Molly is a delightful and painless way to learn about the effects of world War II on the home front. Joyfully illustrated by Nick Backes. Great historical fiction!
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LibraryThing member DonnaKLewis
Review: Nice short story about the life of a nine year old girl during World War II while her father is away fighting somewhere in Europe.

Personal: This book really touched me. My mother grew up during this time with her father overseas fighting during World War II. This book I think helped give me
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a small picture into the world as she saw it during this time.

Classroom Extension: 1. Have the students create cards/letters to thank our veterans for their service. 2. Create our own victory garden in the classroom.
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LibraryThing member dms02
I don't know if I am just biased towards Kit or if this book really just was not as good. Don't get me wrong it was a nice book for read aloud. But, this book was lacking in the some of the niceties that we really appreciate in the Kit series. The Kit books read like great historical fiction on a
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young age level....this first Molly book read a little more like something thrown together as a marketing piece to support the doll. The images and illustrations in the Kit books were fun to look at - some of the Molly book used cheesy stock clip art.

All in all a good book. We will continue on with the rest of the series. I like that it opens dialog about WWII in an age appropriate way.
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LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
Another in the American Girl line of books based on their dolls, this one featuring Molly, a young girl coping with life in America during the second World War. Her father is away at war, a doctor, and everyone at home is doing their part for the war effort.

It's Halloween, and Molly and her friends
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are out to make the perfect group costumes. Aside from that, they also have to put up with Molly's bratty brothers, especially the older, a notorious prankster.

A fun read, this was originally intended as a Little Free Library read, but instead I decided to give this and the other American Girl books I've read this year to my niece for Christmas.
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8.5 inches


0937295078 / 9780937295076

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