Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

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





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