Molly's Family (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374350024, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2004
What makes a family?
The members of Ms. Marston's kindergarten class are cleaning and decorating their room for the upcoming Open School Night. Molly and Tommy work on drawing pictures to put on the walls. Molly draws her family: Mommy, Mama Lu, and her puppy, Sam. But when Tommy looks at her picture, he tells her it's not of a family. "You can't have a mommy and a mama," he says. Molly doesn't know what to think; no one else in her class has two mothers. She isn't sure she wants her picture to be on the wall for Open School Night.
Molly's dilemma, sensitively explored in words and art, shows readers that even if a family is different from others, it can still be happy, loving, and real.
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Praise For Molly's Family…
"Insightful...By referring to diverse families and picturing a multicultural classroom, Garden and Wooding suggest that these conversations can take place just about anywhere, in any small town or big city." -- Publishers Weekly
"Long-overdue...why are there still so few Mollys for child readers to encounter?" -- Kirkus Reviews
"Wooding's warm, soft-textured colored-pencil pictures show Molly in her lively classroom and in her happy, nurturing home...[Molly's Family] will open up discussion in many families." -- Booklist