Megan Recommends – “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon”

Book Recommendation of the Week –

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Being a part of a military family usually means that you and your family are going to move a few times (for some, a lot more than a few).  This is a great book about being true to yourself even when you have to move to a different school and town.  Molly is short, clumsy, has buck teeth and has a voice that sounds like a bull frog being squeezed.  She accepts herself as she is, thanks to advice from her Grandmother.  Molly has to start at a new school and a bully starts to really pick on her but Molly knows exactly what to do.

This would be another great book to give to a grade 6,7 or 8 class and have them read it to younger students in the school.  It is also a gem to have at home and will get you talking about everyone being different and instead of seeing the differences, celebrating the things that make people unique, special and loved.

A great classroom activity would be to take the pieces of advice that Molly’s Grandmother gives her and write each one out on a separate piece of poster paper as the heading (“Walk as proudly as you can and the world will look up to you”, “Smile big and the world will smile right alongside you.”, “Sing out clear and strong and the world will cry tears of joy.” and “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”).  Then brainstorm with students about what each of those things would look like on the outside.  Take photos of each pose and then have them attach them to each page of chart paper.

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