Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

June 17, 2011

One book every teacher should have is Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. The message Patty shares is believing in yourself, a topic many children struggle with. David Catrow¬†illustrations highlight the perseverance and self-confidence of the young lady. Molly Lou’s grandma share the following advice:

Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”

Molly Lou is not a perfect young girl. Despite her physical imperfections, Molly’s grandma encourages her to see the positive. As Molly acts in a proactive way, she makes friends at her new school. The ending will definitely make you smile.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon:

  • Bullying – name calling; great way to introduce the topic of bullying and what to do when being bullied
  • Magic of 3 – each time Molly responds to the difficulties
  • Character Description – comparison
  • Repeating structure – the advice grandma gives Molly Lou
  • Perspective – positive approach