Friday, July 25, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 97

Dynamic Duo: Book 1

Picture Book: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Author: Patty Lovell

Illustrator: David Catrow

Summary: Molly Lou Melon is tiny, buck-toothed, and somewhat clumsy, but her grandmother’s encouragements make all the difference for her. This girl knows how to be her incredible self! Even the students in her new school are enamored with her, except for Ronald Durkin. Ronald tries to bully little Molly, but that gets him nowhere. Soon he is won over by Molly’s charm, gumption, and amazing confidence.

Hanna’s Comments: Her grandmother’s unconditional love has transformed Molly Lou's liabilities and idiosyncrasies into superb talents and strengths. Although her abilities may lean toward the miraculous, Molly Lou is certainly a role model for any child who has self-doubts. The illustrations in this picture book and its sequel are hilarious. The sequel is the 2nd PBT Dynamic Duo entry and will be featured in tomorrow’s post.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Putnam, 2002

Age & Grade Appropriateness:  4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, Amateur videos on

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, acceptance, authenticity, belonging, bullying/martyrs/persecution/oppression, confidence, conformity, differences, encouragement, gifts/giftedness/talents, gladness/happiness, grandparents, image of God, individuality/uniqueness, leadership/servant leadership, new school, play, risking, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem

Scripture Connections: Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this book before exploring the story of Zacchaeus with children.

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