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Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon

Lovell, Patty (Author)
Catrow, David (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9780399254062 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Molly Lou Melon’s world is brimming with store-bought toys. All kinds of “whoseywhatsits” and “thingamajigs” crowd every corner of her room, house and yard. Somehow dissatisfied, she remembers her grandmother’s stories: “Back in the olden days, I didn’t have fancy dolls or action figures. I made them out of twigs, leaves and flowers like hollyhocks and daisies.” Her imagination captured, Molly Lou begins to live more creatively, building her own doll house in a tree in her backyard and constructing a race car out of cardboard and paint.

Lively illustrations pack the pages with surrealistic details, evoking the profuse imagination of a child. Vibrant greens, blues, pinks and yellows bring Molly Lou’s zany inventions to life. Her character is cartoonish; her huge eyes, oversized head and massive mane of hair hint at the vastness of her ideas.

When a new kid moves in next door with a truckload of toys and complains of boredom, readers understand that having too many toys is like not having enough, stripping players of the joy of dreaming. When Gertie invites Molly over to watch cartoons on her big-screen TV—“It’s 120 inches wide!”—Molly Lou’s answer impresses her: “Not today, thanks. I’m going to go watch the clouds. They’re SKY wide!” Soon, thanks to Molly Lou’s lead, both girls are revelling in their own creativity.

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    Discuss and list the activities that you and your classmates like to do for fun. As you read, add Molly Lou and Gertie’s activities to your list.

  •  Bring in a variety of found materials from home. Work in a group to create a toy or game, in the same way Molly Lou does.
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    Choose a perfect day to go outside and observe the clouds. Sketch what you see. Tell a story to a partner based on your cloud sketches.

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    Molly Lou’s grandmother gives her lots of advice based on “back in the olden days” when there were fewer toys. Do you think it was better or worse when kids had fewer toys than they do now?

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    On a picture walk, compare and contrast your world with the one in the illustrations: “I have a big tree in my backyard.” “I have a lot of craft material.” “I don’t have a garage.” During the discussion, make a word list for future reference.

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    Are you like Molly Lou? Discuss how you are creative. How do you use toys or materials in your house in different and unique ways?

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    In small groups, come up with a list of things you could do with a box (can, board or other simple object). Choose one of the projects and write the how-to instructions. Produce a how-to video.

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    Molly Lou’s grandmother had a great influence on her creativity. Who has had an influence on you and in what way?

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts