Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Last updated Sunday, September 20, 2020

Author: Patty Lovell
Illustrator: David Catrow
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 0399234160
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2003

Synopsis: (from the publisher) Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buckteeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandma has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that to heart. But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. Ronald Durkin calls her "SHRIMPO!" and "BUCKY-TOOTH BEAVER!" But Molly Lou has learned a lot from her grandma and knows just how to put him in his place--in a very satisfying way.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Make a bookmark of one thing grandma told Molly Lou and what it means.
•  Make a Molly Lou Melon mask with big eyes and buck teeth.
•  Cut out snowflakes, and make a card for Molly Lou.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!