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  1. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    One of my kids favorite books. The moral to the story is how Molly Lou Melon is different from everyone else, but that it's okay. Wise words from Grandma encourage Molly to stand up for herself, be true to herself, smile and be happy, and never give up. This is a book that I'll keep to read to my Grand babies one day in the very far future...no Goodwill for this one! Huge five stars. Ages 4 to 94...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    What a delight! I just adore Molly Lou for her sweet self-confidence and the joy she finds in (and brings to) life. Little Molly Lou is smaller than all the other kids in her class, she has buck teeth, and can't sing a good note. But, her grandmother taught her that, if she carries herself with confidence, the world will look up to her... and if she smiles, the whole world smiles, too... And all is well and good--until the Melon family moves to a new house, and Molly Lou begins a new school. Sin What a delight! I just adore Molly Lou for her sweet self-confidence and the joy she finds in (and brings to) life. Little Molly Lou is smaller than all the other kids in her class, she has buck teeth, and can't sing a good note. But, her grandmother taught her that, if she carries herself with confidence, the world will look up to her... and if she smiles, the whole world smiles, too... And all is well and good--until the Melon family moves to a new house, and Molly Lou begins a new school. Since the students don't know her bright spirit, the bully is only too keen to tear her down based on appearances. Can Molly Lou maintain her self-confidence and maybe even win some new friends? Since this is a children's book, it should come as no surprise that she DOES. But I absolutely love the way it plays out and the last page held a fun surprise, after all. This is a wonderful story with a clear message that is told with such charm and humor (through both the words and the delightful illustrations) that it never seems heavy-handed. I also love the celebration of nature and that Molly Lou seems such a kindred spirit with the animals. And it's nice to see a grandmother celebrated for her wonderful wisdom. Highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    So I just learned about this site, We Give Books, where you can read books online, for free, and support literacy programs. Where has this site been all my life?! Obviously I signed up, and read my first book within 5 minutes. It seems that they are all children's books, which is fine with me. They are easy, cute and reading them makes a difference. Why WOULDN'T I do this? "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" was cute, beautifully illustrated, and short. It's for kids aged 4-7, so the cause and effect t So I just learned about this site, We Give Books, where you can read books online, for free, and support literacy programs. Where has this site been all my life?! Obviously I signed up, and read my first book within 5 minutes. It seems that they are all children's books, which is fine with me. They are easy, cute and reading them makes a difference. Why WOULDN'T I do this? "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" was cute, beautifully illustrated, and short. It's for kids aged 4-7, so the cause and effect type storytelling would probably be perfect for someone in the target audience. Plus this has a couple great messages: Love yourself and don't let the critics get you down, and bullies never win against someone who refuses to be intimidated. A couple messages that everyone, of all ages, can do with remembering. All in all, a lovely little story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    Molly Lou Melon is the cutest little eensy-weensy girl you've ever seen. She needs a ladder to climb up onto her bed. Her self-confidence, however, is bigger than Andre the Giant. No matter what ugly things that stereotypically-red-headed class bully Ronald Durkin says to her, she just grins her giant grinning grin and goes right ahead doing whatever it is she's doing, from creating the most beautiful paper snowflake ever to scoring a touchdown even though she's wearing a football helmet that co Molly Lou Melon is the cutest little eensy-weensy girl you've ever seen. She needs a ladder to climb up onto her bed. Her self-confidence, however, is bigger than Andre the Giant. No matter what ugly things that stereotypically-red-headed class bully Ronald Durkin says to her, she just grins her giant grinning grin and goes right ahead doing whatever it is she's doing, from creating the most beautiful paper snowflake ever to scoring a touchdown even though she's wearing a football helmet that comes all the way down to her navel. You gotta love Molly Lou Melon. Gotta. Love. Her. This is a read-aloud MUST for the first week of school.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luann

    Molly Lou Melon is a spunky, fumble-fingered little first-grader with buck teeth and a voice that sounds like "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." She believes her grandma when she tells her things like "Walk as proudly as you can and the world will look up to you" and "Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy." Molly Lou Melon's belief in herself is tested when the bully at her new school starts to pick on her. David Catrow's wonderful and wacky illustrations f Molly Lou Melon is a spunky, fumble-fingered little first-grader with buck teeth and a voice that sounds like "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." She believes her grandma when she tells her things like "Walk as proudly as you can and the world will look up to you" and "Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy." Molly Lou Melon's belief in herself is tested when the bully at her new school starts to pick on her. David Catrow's wonderful and wacky illustrations fit the story and Molly Lou Melon's personality perfectly. My favorite is the close-up view of Molly Lou Melon smiling big so the world will smile right alongside her. Molly Lou Melon certainly never does anything by halves! There are so many interesting and fun details in this book - in both the story and the illustrations. I noticed something new every time I read it. For example, Molly Lou Melon is never called "Molly Lou" or "Molly." She is ALWAYS "Molly Lou Melon." My favorite part of the entire book, though, is the very last page. I don't want to spoil it for you, so you'll have to read this book to see what I'm talking about!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tc

    This is a very sweet story about being happy with yourself. This book reminds me of "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont (also illustrated by David Catrow). These two books could be used to compare and contrast, but could also be used for a lesson having children draw/write about things they like about themselves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    It turned out this was one of two books I read in one day that had the same illustrator: David Catrow, and I love his work. This is a wonderful book for any child who’s teased or who feels different from other kids, and great for kids who need to learn to stand up for themselves.

  8. 4 out of 5

    T.E. Antonino

    I really loved the message. Loving yourself has a big impact on how others think of you. Molly never let anyone take away her joy. Molly's inner beauty shown so great that even the haters began to see things in a more positive light.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a terrific book that encourages children to be proud of who they are and not let bullies tear them down. We love David Catrow's books, so I was excited to read this book with our girls. Our youngest was sure that we'd already read it, but I don't remember it. Perhaps she read it at school... The narrative is fun to read aloud, but the message is even more important. I love that Molly Lou has a close relationship with her grandmother (who is a lot like Molly Lou), and that they maintain th This is a terrific book that encourages children to be proud of who they are and not let bullies tear them down. We love David Catrow's books, so I was excited to read this book with our girls. Our youngest was sure that we'd already read it, but I don't remember it. Perhaps she read it at school... The narrative is fun to read aloud, but the message is even more important. I love that Molly Lou has a close relationship with her grandmother (who is a lot like Molly Lou), and that they maintain that closeness even when Molly Lou moves away. The illustrations are fantastic, as we've come to expect from Mr. Catrow, and Molly Lou is indeed larger than life, despite her diminutive size. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Bailey

    Title / Author / Publication Date: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. / Patty Lovell. David Catrow (ill.) / 2001. Genre: Fiction. Format: Picturebook - print. Plot summary: "Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself" (NoveList). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: self-esteem, bullying, relationship with grandmothers Review citation: “What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and th Title / Author / Publication Date: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. / Patty Lovell. David Catrow (ill.) / 2001. Genre: Fiction. Format: Picturebook - print. Plot summary: "Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself" (NoveList). Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: self-esteem, bullying, relationship with grandmothers Review citation: “What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine's full-speed-ahead determination” (Publishers Weekly). Section source used to find the material: Best Books for Children Preschool through Grade 6 (9th ed.) Recommended age: Ages 2 - 6.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. We received this book as a gift, and I wasn't too sure about it because the illustrations are not my style. But I was hooked by the first couple of pages. Molly Lou Melon, a short, bullfrog-voiced, buck-toothed dynamo shows kids how to stand up for themselves and love their individuality with humor and grace. The illustrations are full of hidden gems, the story is short and full of meaning, and kids of all ages will get a kick out of Molly If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. We received this book as a gift, and I wasn't too sure about it because the illustrations are not my style. But I was hooked by the first couple of pages. Molly Lou Melon, a short, bullfrog-voiced, buck-toothed dynamo shows kids how to stand up for themselves and love their individuality with humor and grace. The illustrations are full of hidden gems, the story is short and full of meaning, and kids of all ages will get a kick out of Molly Lou's antics. A must-read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Even though Molly Lou Melon is small, has buck teeth, and has a voice like a horn, but Molly Lou's grandma tells her she is special and she finds a way to build her self-esteem. Then, Molly Lou moves, away from grandma, but she knows in her heart that grandma is right. A great read-aloud book for self-esteem and bullying.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Colton W

    This story teaches you that whoever you are, you are SPECIAL!

  14. 5 out of 5

    E.C. Kraeft

    I read this book to my class every year. It is a wonderful story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Camie

    Quinncey Sept. A favorite for girls age 6 !!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Thomas

    Summary: "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" is about a young girl who has flaws, just like everyone else. Molly Lou Melon's grandmother teacher Molly to appreciate her flaws and to be proud of who she is. Evaluation: I rated this book a 4. This book is engaging to its readers with such appealing images. It also gives young children a wonderful message of appreciating theirselves. Teaching Tip: Teachers could read this book to his/her students, and then have the students write a text-to-self connectio Summary: "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon" is about a young girl who has flaws, just like everyone else. Molly Lou Melon's grandmother teacher Molly to appreciate her flaws and to be proud of who she is. Evaluation: I rated this book a 4. This book is engaging to its readers with such appealing images. It also gives young children a wonderful message of appreciating theirselves. Teaching Tip: Teachers could read this book to his/her students, and then have the students write a text-to-self connection. (some connections could be about the students' flaws, someone teaching them to overcome something, etc.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hoffman

    I adore the message in this book. I like how it gives children the confidence in themselves when it comes to their own uniqueness. I like also how their is an adult who promotes this confidence in the book that is not a parent. I think children can relate to having an adult, not necessarily a parent, give them acceptance. I chose this book because not everyone in life is going to like you, there will be Ronald's along the way. This book gives the message to be true to yourself no matter who show I adore the message in this book. I like how it gives children the confidence in themselves when it comes to their own uniqueness. I like also how their is an adult who promotes this confidence in the book that is not a parent. I think children can relate to having an adult, not necessarily a parent, give them acceptance. I chose this book because not everyone in life is going to like you, there will be Ronald's along the way. This book gives the message to be true to yourself no matter who shows up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zoie Loosier

    This book is an absolutely awesome book! Molly is just a little bit smaller then the other children and unique in her in ways. Her grandmother encouraged her to love all the things that made her different. The illustration were outstanding. I also enjoyed the dialogue from the grandmother and how Molly Lou Mellon listened to her. As a teacher, I believe this book would be a wonderful book to use in the classroom to teach children to not only accept their differences, but be proud of who you are This book is an absolutely awesome book! Molly is just a little bit smaller then the other children and unique in her in ways. Her grandmother encouraged her to love all the things that made her different. The illustration were outstanding. I also enjoyed the dialogue from the grandmother and how Molly Lou Mellon listened to her. As a teacher, I believe this book would be a wonderful book to use in the classroom to teach children to not only accept their differences, but be proud of who you are and your uniqueness. I will most definitely be using this book in my classroom!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Funny, adorable, and empowering. Molly Lou Melon isn’t having any of your insults. She is strong and confident in a itsy-bitsy package. The kids and I liked this one a lot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shamika

    Text-to-World In my opinion, this book teaches self-confidence. In the reading was a little girl named Molly Lou Melon, who had features that she was not too fond of. However, her loving grandmother always taught her to love and appreciate herself, and in return, the people that surrounds you will love you for those same reasons. In hindsight, this book can reinsure children to always love themselves and don't worry about people negative comments and to just be you. One activity that I would cons Text-to-World In my opinion, this book teaches self-confidence. In the reading was a little girl named Molly Lou Melon, who had features that she was not too fond of. However, her loving grandmother always taught her to love and appreciate herself, and in return, the people that surrounds you will love you for those same reasons. In hindsight, this book can reinsure children to always love themselves and don't worry about people negative comments and to just be you. One activity that I would consider, would be putting all the children's name in a bowl and have each kid pick a name. Then, express one thing that they like about that person.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Martin

    This was silly and I liked the story!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adriana Cole

    Text to text connection: This book reminded me of “I like myself” by Karen Beaumont. Both books are about two little girls who have things that aren’t so lovely about themselves. Beaver breath, buck teeth, messy hair and shorter than average are all things that they could be self conscious about. But they both choose to embrace their flaws and insecurities and just be themselves. They were taught that Beauty comes from a good heart and they display that beauty despite their shortcomings. This is Text to text connection: This book reminded me of “I like myself” by Karen Beaumont. Both books are about two little girls who have things that aren’t so lovely about themselves. Beaver breath, buck teeth, messy hair and shorter than average are all things that they could be self conscious about. But they both choose to embrace their flaws and insecurities and just be themselves. They were taught that Beauty comes from a good heart and they display that beauty despite their shortcomings. This is a great message for all students despite gender. And it is also a great lesson that we should choose kindness because we never know what someone else is feeling.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hilton

    Molly Lou Melon is a short girl, who gets bullied at school. Throughout the story Molly Lou Melon proves her bully wrong and keeps her head up, or as her grandma says "Stand Tall." I recommend this story to everyone because it focuses on differences and learning how to embrace uniqueness. For this story, I would read aloud this story, then have my students come up with ways they are unique. As a class we would go around the room and allow each students explain why he or she is unique.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peace_Love_Reading

    We absolutely loved this book . I have found other Molly Lou Melon books to be just ok . This one I loved !!! It took bullying head on. My five year old son loved how she killed the bully with kindness and just kept being herself .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brad Meltzer

    Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and “has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.” She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart. But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school and meets a horrid bully named Ronald Durkin who picks on her on the very first day. But Molly Lou Melon, thanks to her grandmother’s advice to “Sing out clear and strong and the world Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and “has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.” She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart. But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school and meets a horrid bully named Ronald Durkin who picks on her on the very first day. But Molly Lou Melon, thanks to her grandmother’s advice to “Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy,” knows just what to do about that. It’s about a bully and a little girl, but I promise it’s not the story you think. But it does show that everyone has their gifts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Very sweet. Great message. Stand tall. Be proud of yourself and don't give in to others nasty comments. Quite simply, believe in yourself no matter how small or different.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    My above remark about the cover might suggest that Catrow’s pencil and watercolor illustrations in Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon are just not my cup of tea. While I’m still figuring out why I’m not drawn to the cover*, I can say had I picked it up and flipped open to the first pages I would have brought it home. The color palette Catrow chose is my cup of tea. And I adore his use of proportion. Molly Lou is tiny. But what Catrow also does is not lose her in the greatness of her surroundings. What h My above remark about the cover might suggest that Catrow’s pencil and watercolor illustrations in Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon are just not my cup of tea. While I’m still figuring out why I’m not drawn to the cover*, I can say had I picked it up and flipped open to the first pages I would have brought it home. The color palette Catrow chose is my cup of tea. And I adore his use of proportion. Molly Lou is tiny. But what Catrow also does is not lose her in the greatness of her surroundings. What he also does is not make her so cute as to undermine the tension in the story. It is easy to anticipate trouble for Molly Lou when she goes to her new school. However, at the same time, throughout the story Patty Lovell follows any wince with a “grandma’s right you know!” Catrow does the same. And maybe we do have confidence that everything will be alright with Molly Lou when the inevitable bully surfaces. There was a small problem and it is sort of embarrassing for me to admit. When the story talks about Molly Lou’s buck teeth, and shared grandma’s advice to “smile big and the world will smile right alongside you,” the next page turn features that “and grandma was right” moment…and I (the world) did not smile right with her. I actually pulled back because there was this huge face staring at me. I didn’t yelp though, not outwardly anyway. I appreciate the effect it was going for, but well, I feel like such a jerk now. Maybe if it had a occurred a few more attributes in. Anyway, the images have a Dr. Seuss meets Norman Rockwell feel that works. It doesn’t downplay the reality that dealing with traits (physical or otherwise) that people tend to target in unpleasant ways is difficult, but it manages a liveliness that says: I’m not going to let that get me down and neither should you. And the story really does emphasize that our fears in dealing with bullies need not come to fruition. Molly Lou shuts her bully up and shames him good, but not because she is aggressive in return but because she is who she is—quite impressive. She makes friends and I like how when we arrive at the ending a particular new friendship is formed that is not in the least contrived. As for the last page of the story with that letter to grandma? the perfect punctuation mark. There more than a few books (picture books on up) that deal with bullying but how to be straightforward with advice without sounding message-y? Write a good narrative like Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, embrace the straightforward intent and make that advice ring true. recommendations… this is the kind of book I would recommend reading when a child is young and not yet in school or even dealing with bullies yet. It does not beg for a big talk, just a hmmm, life, whatcha know, having confidence is good, period. When does Molly Lou receive her advice? before the big move and the new school, when she felt normal (in her home and in nature) and had friends. This also a good book for early readers, it has a rhythmic quality; I immediately adopted a more southerly drawl for it. of note: It has a pretty diverse cast in animal, insect and human critters so kudos there! and I adore Catrow’s sets and settings. L (omphaloskepsis) http://contemplatrix.wordpress.com/20...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I don't remember much about this book, but I put a star next to it. I think I liked it because it shows kids that no matter how hurtful people can be to you, you should always stand tall. Kids can always learn from that lesson so I think I would read this book to my class.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adria

    Molly Lou Melon is a unique and lovable character that gets teased mercilessly once she moves to a new town. The bully, Ronald Durkin, test everything Molly Lou Melon learns from her grandmother about 'standing tall.' Melon's grandmother imparts life lesson in her to accept herself fully and to show up in the world as all of who she is. Luckily, Molly Lou Melon listens to her grandmother's advice and continues to be all of who she is despite Ronald Durkin. Eventually, Molly Lou Melon wins the ne Molly Lou Melon is a unique and lovable character that gets teased mercilessly once she moves to a new town. The bully, Ronald Durkin, test everything Molly Lou Melon learns from her grandmother about 'standing tall.' Melon's grandmother imparts life lesson in her to accept herself fully and to show up in the world as all of who she is. Luckily, Molly Lou Melon listens to her grandmother's advice and continues to be all of who she is despite Ronald Durkin. Eventually, Molly Lou Melon wins the new school over-bully, Ronald Durkin, included! I love this story and the illustrations, but ever without the great artwork, I feel as though I would have a good understanding of what Molly Lou Melon would look and sound like. Lovell explains, Molly Lou has, "buck teeth that stuck out so far, she could stack pennies on them," and sounds like "a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor." Lovell utilizes what Fletcher describes as the skill of creating a character to develop Molly Lou Melon. Fletcher (2013) states, "When writers explore the terrain of the physical, we help readers enter more fully into the life of our characters" (p.57). Lovell does this very well in all her descriptions. When I teach writing, I will ask a student to close her eyes for a few pages while I read out loud. I will ask for feedback about what she sees before starting the story over and showing her the pictures. After reading the whole book, I would like to start a discussion about what she, the writer, thinks about how well the author does or does not create the character. Another question would be to discuss what she envisioned in her head versus what she saw the illustrator draw.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Daniel

    • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon o Summary: Molly Lou Mellon is a little girl who is very different than everyone else that is in her first grade class. He grandmother teaches her to embrace her differences and it makes her proud of the way she is. Molly has to move schools and she is going away from her grandmother and all of her friends. When she gets to her new school a bully starts to pick on her every day. Every day that the bully picks on her, she does something to prove that she is very proud • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon o Summary: Molly Lou Mellon is a little girl who is very different than everyone else that is in her first grade class. He grandmother teaches her to embrace her differences and it makes her proud of the way she is. Molly has to move schools and she is going away from her grandmother and all of her friends. When she gets to her new school a bully starts to pick on her every day. Every day that the bully picks on her, she does something to prove that she is very proud of being the different person she is which results in everyone liking her in the end, even the bully. o Grade level: 2nd o Appropriate classroom use can read aloud to the entire class for story time. The kids will find this book funny and most of them can probably relate to Molly Lou Melon o Individual students who might benefit from reading: Kids who get picked on a lot for being different and also kids who pick on other students for being different can both benefit from reading this book. o Small group use: Kids can read this book together. It would be neat to let students who might bully other kids of students who get bullied together because they can relate to this story. o Whole class use: Can read aloud and the students can act out all the different things that Molly Lou Melons Grandmother told her to do. o Related books in genre/subject or content area: Not Your Typical Dragon is a book that has the same subject and lesson. o Multimedia connections available: This book is available as an audio-book online.

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