Stand Tall Molly-Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell (Genre: Children’s Literature)

Book Description:

This book is another story that goes in detail about the importance of accepting yourself. Molly-Lou Mellon is awkward, short and has teeth that aren’t straight. This wasn’t apparent to her until she had to move away. She begins getting bullied at school, but regardless her grandma explains to her how important it is for her to stand proud regardless. She gains self-confidence and finds herself in the end. This book is special for my blog because self-love is something that all children need to participate in to grow up healthy and happy.

Author Description:

There is not much information out there about Patty Lovell but it is a fact that she taught Kindergarten for fourteen years but recently moved to the first grade.

Interview Questions:

What was one thing that was different about Molly Lou Melon?

“Her teeth could stack pennies!”-James

“She was so cute and little.”-Caitlyn

“Her voice sounded like a duck.”-Crew

What was one thing you liked about Molly Lou Melon?

“How little she was.”-Tanner

“How kind she was to the bully.”-Hunter

“Her teeth!”-Jase

Why was Ronald so mean to her?

“Because he was a bully.”-Sawyer

“Because he was mean to everyone.”-Rose

“Because she was a little different.”-Tucker

How did it make Molly Lou Melon feel that he was so mean?

“She didn’t seem to mind.”-Anika

“She was happy because it wasn’t true.”-Joy

“She didn’t care about him.”-Emersyn

What did Ronald do to be friends with Molly Lou Melon?

“He gave her a stacking penny!”-Caitlyn

“He was a friend to her.”-Ainsley

“He was nice for once.”-Sean

Crafts Associated With the Book:

"end of the year" activity. Other students will fill in the petals with compliments toward the name inside! I LOVE IT!

End of the Year Craft:

What stands taller than a beautiful sun flower? Children! This is another craft that is fun and cheap to accomplish but still has a lasting impression that your child will remember forever. The main part of the craft is the big sunflower with their name right in the middle, what is written on the petals are specific things your child likes about themselves. I love this craft because it is such a beautiful way for a child to truly realize how unique and special they are while also working on their fine motor and communication skills.

What You Need:

  1. Brown Paper: for the middle of the flower
  2. Yellow Paper: for petals
  3. Sharpie (any color)
  4. Glue
  5. Scissors

Blog: Step Into the Second Grade

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The Post it Note Activity:

This was something I thought of myself after reading this wonderful book. There isn’t a more amazing way to boost a child’s self esteem more than having their friends write down on a Post it Note what they love about them. This is a simple activity that can be done in less than twenty minutes with nothing but pencils and a Post it Note. This craft enhances their fine/language/communication/cognitive skills.

What You Need:

  1. Post it Notes
  2. Pencils

Other Books by the Author:

  1. Have Fun Molly Lou Melon

Fun Read Aloud Links:

  1. Nana’s Storytime Read Aloud
  2. Read 4 U N Me Read Aloud
  3. Lisette Andreani’s Read Aloud
  4. Bed Time Stories With Annie


Publishers Weekly:

Meet Molly Lou Melon: she’s “just taller than her dog,” with “buck teeth that stuck out so far, she could stack pennies on them,” and a voice that brings to mind “a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.” She also possesses huge insect-like eyes. In fact, young readers may actually gasp when they get a good look at the fearless first-grader in Catrow’s (She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head) double spread, extreme close-up portrait. Thanks to her grandmother, the protagonist possesses seemingly indomitable self-esteem but will it survive a move to a new school and a bully named Ronald Durkin? Newcomer Lovell doesn’t offer any real surprises in her fable there’s never any doubt that Molly Lou Melon will charm her classmates with her eccentric talents (which include making a paper snowflake the size of a school room), or that even Ronald Durkin will capitulate and join her fan club. What keeps the storytelling fresh is the crisp prose and the heroine’s full-speed-ahead determination; the story never dallies too long on the potentially saccharine message. Catrow’s full-bleed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, awash in ripe colors and animated by slapstick exaggeration, radiate a winningly eccentric elegance. Ages 4-8.

McDaniel Family (December 15th, 2015)

“Molly Lou Melon is a sweet story of a girl who looks and sounds different than most of the kids her age. What young child in elementary school hasn’t felt this way more than once? This is perfect for reading to children who are struggling with being accepted at a new school and shows how much a relationship between a grandma and grandchild can have on a life. The illustrations really bring this book to life and will have your own children staring at them even after you’re done reading the book.”

K. Lund ( December 22nd, 2012)

“I purchased two copies to give to two of my coworkers who will be teaching in their own classrooms soon. I fell in love with this book about a decade ago when I was teaching young children with autism. I love Molly Lou’s confidence in herself and her ability to not care what anyone else thinks. It’s a great message to teach our young children.”

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