* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page…
Today’s great books: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon & Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, both by Patty Lovell and illustrated by David Catrow (2001, G.P. Putnam’s Sons).
Time to Read: short and sweet, great for bedtime
Summary: Grandma’s wise and funny advice helps a little girl learn to take pride in herself.
Best Quote: “Dear Grandma, I wanted to tell you that everything you told me was exactly right!”
Our View: Wow! These are two of the most well-written and happily illustrated books for children in recent memory. In the book Stand Tall, Molly Lou doesn’t always like herself or her big teeth or her small stature or her frog-like singing voice…but her wonderful grandmother always tells her why each item is just right for her and to ‘stand tall.’ The school bully can’t even make her angry or embarrassed! In the book Have Fun, the ingenious narrative follows Molly Lou as her grandmother describes how she played in the old days as compared to all the prefab toys of today. Molly Lou is so inspired that she does the same thing with her toys of today and then inspires her new next door neighbor friend to do the same. Molly Lou, through her grandmother’s wise advice, is a hero to the child that’s just not sure how and where to fit in in the world today. A great book that will help you show your children how and why they can just be themselves.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Grandma’s Pie Apples” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.