Molly's Family

Molly's Family

Book - 2004
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"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"
While preparing decorations for Open School Night, Molly and several of her classmates draw pictures of their families and discover that family means something different to each of them.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780374350024
Branch Call Number: jE Parenting GARDEN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wooding, Sharon - Illustrator


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JCLBeckyC Jul 22, 2015

Marriage Equality has been in the news lately, and young ears might have questions about what it means. This is a good book to read with curious children to explore different types of families. There's an actual story, not just pictures, so it might bore kiddos younger than kindergarten, but young elementary school-aged kids will find the story engaging and honest.

DebAK Sep 23, 2014

In this book Molly draws a family picture for her kindergarten open house. "First she drew Mommy. Then she drew Mama Lu.” Definitely not a book for the Children area of libraries. (How long until the censors find this post and remove it?)

cfmesq Sep 08, 2014

My daughter loved this book when she was little.

KRockstar10 Apr 24, 2013

A gentle yet straight-forward handling of same-sex parenting and the questions kids may have about it. I thought the teacher character handled Molly's feelings beautifully: when Molly says that the other kids say a real family can't have two moms, the teacher replies that it obviously can, because Molly's family does. That's perfect!


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