MOLLY’S FAMILY by Nancy Garden


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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In this long-overdue alternative to Lesléa Newman’s groundbreaking, but one-dimensional Heather Has Two Mommies (1989), a kindergartener has a quiet crisis when a classmate confidently informs her that she can’t have both a mommy and a Mama. But Molly does, and Tommy’s comment not only requires some calming explanations at home from Molly’s Mommy and Mama Lu, but sparks an eye-opening conversation about different family situations in class, too. Staid page design, plus generic figures portrayed in smudgy colors, with some awkwardly drawn hands and faces, will tell viewers from the outset that they’re in for a theme-centered tale—still, Garden makes her points lightly enough to leave only a few bruises, and Molly regains her equanimity in time for the episode to end on an upbeat note. The real question is why are there still so few Mollys for child readers to encounter? (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 7th, 2004
ISBN: 0-374-35002-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2004


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