MOLLY PATCH AND HER ANIMAL FRIENDS by Ben Schecter

MOLLY PATCH AND HER ANIMAL FRIENDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This celebration of Molly's woodland friendships, in ten separate incidents that vibrate with good feeling, is small in size, charmingly illustrated in soft black and white, and played out in the same gentle, loving tone that characterizes many of the more successful beginning to read books. Little Molly, who is any fuzzy animal's dream of motherly wisdom and comfort, dispenses ""jams, jellies and hugs"" to sick Raccoon and, when the word is out, to prevaricating Mole, Bear, and finally all the other animals--who are then told that they don't have to pretend to be sick to get the treatment. Elsewhere Molly wakens bear with a song in the spring, reads him to sleep in the fall (though it's Molly who falls asleep first) and helps ease him back to reality when being cast as King in the Apple Orchard Players' performance temporarily goes to his head. Nice and easy.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1975
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Harper & Row