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  1. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    Extremely message heavy While a good message, I was glad to see that, despite this book being on the featured shelf, it s nearly a decade old I hope it s dated because it feels dated to me.I d recommend it for kids with atypical families and evenso kids who know kids from atypical families, bullies, for discussion of same sex relationships and families, for discussion of bullying, and possibly for read aloud time in kindergarten classrooms.What I didn t like was the oh so na ve young Extremely message heavy While a good message, I was glad to see that, despite this book being on the featured shelf, it s nearly a decade old I hope it s dated because it feels dated to me.I d recommend it for kids with atypical families and evenso kids who know kids from atypical families, bullies, for discussion of same sex relationships and families, for discussion of bullying, and possibly for read aloud time in kindergarten classrooms.What I didn t like was the oh so na ve young boy who thinks his family configuration is the only possible one, having 5 6 year olds think of cleaning windows and dusting as a way to make their classroom nicer for open school family night The drawings idea seemedrealistic and less objectionable on so many levels, and I like that leashed dogs were welcome to attend, although families with kids with animal allergies might be less enad of this idea I did like the teacher but wonder why there hasn t already been a group lesson about differences.I did enjoy the pictures and their detail.I hate rating this book too low because I appreciate what it s trying to say, and I can see its appeal to some kids But 2 stars from me I ll up it because I do like the illustrations


  2. Eli Eli says:

    This was a short children s book about alternative families, with the main character s Molly family consisting of her, her two mothers, and her dog The artwork and story are cute.


  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    I foundMolly s Familyaccidentally while at the library reading through the Parenting Resources books which seems to be a code tag for books that address specific, potentially taboo parenting family contexts such as LGBTQ families, adoption, foster care, families with members in incarceration, etc though the books on this shelf versus in the main collection seem selected in a rather willy nilly way I was utterly delighted to have found this treasure.Told exactly on the level of my st I foundMolly s Familyaccidentally while at the library reading through the Parenting Resources books which seems to be a code tag for books that address specific, potentially taboo parenting family contexts such as LGBTQ families, adoption, foster care, families with members in incarceration, etc though the books on this shelf versus in the main collection seem selected in a rather willy nilly way I was utterly delighted to have found this treasure.Told exactly on the level of my students from the perspective of a peer Molly , I was pleased, in particular, with the adult dialogue, which is a wonderful model of how to answer the questions children are asking Through the simple support of Molly s parents and her teacher she is reassured that she is part of a happy, loving, and REAL family, even if she has a Mommy as a birth mother and a Mama as an adopted mother.We read this text in my classroom in the context of a much broader unit addressing family diversity My students read books, watched short videos, attended a photography exhibit featuring narratives of families talking about themselves and their experiences, and engaged in individual, small group, and larger group conversations as well as written reflections on what they were learning, thinking, and feeling.From my perspective,Molly s Familysupports the kinds of important conversations that are important to engage with ALL young children, regardless of their personal context I often hear heterosexual parents say that they will address these topics someday in the future when their kids are older and ready for these serious conversations I believe children are ready now, regardless of age They just need to be engaged in developmentally appropriate conversations that address the questions they are asking not the connotations adults attach to those questions Even if a child s family doesn t look like Molly s, the families of other children they know might A key part of all children feeling safe and welcome is helping all children know that there are many, many different kinds of families and ALL are based on love Adults often say that these conversations are just too controversial for young and innocent children to handle My experience is that children read the world presented to them They notice when adults avoid specific conversations or topics and they developmentally mark that avoidance as an aversion to something bad, dangerous, or wrong You need to answer their questions with developmentally appropriate answers If they ask if families can have two mom or dads , they just want to know if a family can have to moms or dads NothingAt the age of Molly and my students Kindergarten they just need to know that families are made of people who love and take care of each other Other reviewers noted that schools should stay out of the business of teaching which lifestyles to accept or celebrate, and while that may be true, I believe that schools still have a responsibility to include everyone Families parented by same sex couples exist They are part of our classrooms and our communities As a teacher I have a responsibility to present a curriculum that acknowledges the existence of everyone, especially voices usually brushed aside Those brushed aside stories are the stories of my students And they deserve and NEED to see their own experiences reflected back to themMolly s Familyis a beautiful way for me to support that effort


  4. Maria Maria says:

    Garden s only picture book, the beautifully illustrated Molly s Family has a similar storyline to Holly s Secret Each centers around a young girl Molly is in kindergarten, Holly is in middle school with two moms who wants to hide her non traditional family from her classmates after her family make up is ridiculed In the end, both children accept that they need not hide or be ashamed of having two mothers In an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Garden explained that her inspiration came Garden s only picture book, the beautifully illustrated Molly s Family has a similar storyline to Holly s Secret Each centers around a young girl Molly is in kindergarten, Holly is in middle school with two moms who wants to hide her non traditional family from her classmates after her family make up is ridiculed In the end, both children accept that they need not hide or be ashamed of having two mothers In an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Garden explained that her inspiration came from the problems experienced by the children raised by some of her gay and lesbian friends Despite the fact thatandchildren are now being born into and adopted by gay and lesbian couples, there are still very few books about and for those children Although we like to think children raised by gay and lesbian couples don t have any problems stemming from their different families, in truth, they are as subject to misunderstanding, teasing and bigotry as are other minority children When close friends of ours adopted a baby and, a year and a half later, another, I wanted to write a book that might help those two kids and their friends understand and value their special family as they grew up


  5. L- Lisa L- Lisa says:

    Opening School Night is the perfect stage for introducing families to the classroom As Mrs Marston s classroom prepares for this special night, the children decorate with pictures representing their families Molly draws her family Mommy, Mama Lu and her puppy, Sam One of her classmates proceeds to tell Molly that her family cannot have two mommies This gives Molly opportunity to talk with her teacher and of course her parents Molly realizes that even though her family may be different in Opening School Night is the perfect stage for introducing families to the classroom As Mrs Marston s classroom prepares for this special night, the children decorate with pictures representing their families Molly draws her family Mommy, Mama Lu and her puppy, Sam One of her classmates proceeds to tell Molly that her family cannot have two mommies This gives Molly opportunity to talk with her teacher and of course her parents Molly realizes that even though her family may be different in some ways, they are similar in sharing love and happiness.This book gently shares diversity in families in such a tender way The teacher and parents together are supporting the child and the group of children when questions are raised about differences in families Molly s Family is a great choice for pre school through second grade


  6. Gina Hernandez Gina Hernandez says:

    Its about time childrens books include me


  7. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Molly s Family, by Nancy Garden, explains that many children have different family dynamics, and that they are all equally important This book tells the story about a little girl named Molly whose parents are both female When Molly draws a picture of her family for Open School night of Ms Marston s class, a little boy declares that having two mommies is not real She is extremely hurt by his response, and decides to confront her Mommy and Mama for answers Through a comfortable conversation Molly s Family, by Nancy Garden, explains that many children have different family dynamics, and that they are all equally important This book tells the story about a little girl named Molly whose parents are both female When Molly draws a picture of her family for Open School night of Ms Marston s class, a little boy declares that having two mommies is not real She is extremely hurt by his response, and decides to confront her Mommy and Mama for answers Through a comfortable conversation, she learns that her family began from an adoptive and biological process, but most importantly the required ingredient of love Molly begins to appreciate her non traditional family structure, and is eager to display her family art on the classroom wall This book confronts and accurately depicts the confusion children have when discussing their family situations with others Ultimately, this book is a great way to discuss non traditional families within a classroom setting The book clearly legitimizes that all families are equal and promotes acceptance of others in the classroom It is imperative that children are exposed to a variety of family dynamics that can be addressed through an individualized text set This book may address same sex parents, but I would also use this story to address non traditional families such as mix raced, grandparents, and single parents.Most importantly, my text set on the family dynamics in a contemporary society properly exposes children to a variety of family frameworks for children of the primary age bracket Children need to be conscious of others by gaining the proper knowledge of family differences The main goal is for children to be accepting of others and display kindness for all types of people Additionally, I can use this text to introduce my students to their fellow classmates families As part of Ms Marston s curriculum, I would ask my students to draw pictures of their families This activity allows open conversation for the students to understand that every child is associated with their own personal family dynamic It is important that children are exposed at young age to this subject matter, and have them understand that families are made up of love, not race or gender


  8. Emily Holder Emily Holder says:

    Molly s Family is about children discussing their different families They all draw pictures of their family, and after some mild conflict about how families are supposed to be, everyone agrees that families can come in many different shapes and forms This book is important, I believe, to include because it has some mild conflict Many of the books that I found had no conflict, but unfortunately that is not always the case in real life It prepares children that people still may critique or Molly s Family is about children discussing their different families They all draw pictures of their family, and after some mild conflict about how families are supposed to be, everyone agrees that families can come in many different shapes and forms This book is important, I believe, to include because it has some mild conflict Many of the books that I found had no conflict, but unfortunately that is not always the case in real life It prepares children that people still may critique or mock a different kind of family, and making students aware of that fact is very important.The text is interesting to children and offers them a variety of things to consider It is age appropriate and includes a nice plot The story includes a problem and a solution, includes realistic characters, and uses language that is on level with the estimated readers The illustrations are accurate and relate to the text They also hold the children s interest and enhance the story The characters in the book represents a variety of cultural groups and the readers are exposed to multiple different types of values There are no negative stereotypes of any represented group and the lifestyles of the characters are authentic The characters use speech expected of an elementary school aged student, not necessarily pertaining to any specific culture The author was a part of a group being represented The good and bad characters were of a variety of backgrounds, and there is diversity in the cultural groups represented


  9. Xaviera Hanif Xaviera Hanif says:

    I think this book does a great job educating students with showing them that it is okay to have a different family combination than the standard mom and dad that most kids like to come out and say It is very important to have children s books like this one because some same sex parents do not come around the schools very often because they feel uncomfortable, or the student feels uncertain because his her family is two people of the same sex This story shows a class getting ready for a famil I think this book does a great job educating students with showing them that it is okay to have a different family combination than the standard mom and dad that most kids like to come out and say It is very important to have children s books like this one because some same sex parents do not come around the schools very often because they feel uncomfortable, or the student feels uncertain because his her family is two people of the same sex This story shows a class getting ready for a family night at school and each student drew pictures of their family, and a girl got insulted because she cannot have two moms Many students are unfamiliar with this It is great to show the teacher comforting Molly that has two mom s, that way she can feel comfortable and not be scared to bring her parents to the family night at school The illustrations do a great job at showing the details in her family drawing of her and her two moms I would have to say the book does not sure a diversity of different races in the students, but it does do a great job in promoting students to not be scared of having a family with two moms, two dads, or anything in that area We should accept out students for who they are and welcome each family with open arms I think the text is a little lengthy and could start to make the children reading it a little confused, I personally think it could be a littlesimple But overall, the point way made across very well The story includes and problem and a nice solution for all kids to learn from


  10. Jazmyne Henry Jazmyne Henry says:

    I love this story and it is a direct example of my culture topic and a very well written book This fiction picture book tells the story of a young girl named Molly who never questioned having two mothers until her classmate told her that the picture she drew of her two is not a family and that a real family has a mother and a father A confused young girl just wants to know if she has a real family and realizes in the end that she does I m not sure that I could use this particular book to te I love this story and it is a direct example of my culture topic and a very well written book This fiction picture book tells the story of a young girl named Molly who never questioned having two mothers until her classmate told her that the picture she drew of her two is not a family and that a real family has a mother and a father A confused young girl just wants to know if she has a real family and realizes in the end that she does I m not sure that I could use this particular book to teach literacy but I do think that this would be a good book to read to my students to show them that families come in all different sorts of varieties This book may hit home for those students who do not have the typical family I can use this story to have my students tell a story and draw pictures of their family Garden, being a partner in a same sex couple, wrote some of her books on same sex coupling in a positive way Garden does a good job effectively showing the confusion most children go through when faced with societies norms For example, Molly did not want to bring her picture back to school because she was afraid of what people may say Garden knows that these are real life feeling and she tells her story well This story relates to my topic because it is the perfect example of a diverse family Not every family is going to have a mother and a father but that doesn t mean that they are not a family


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Molly's Family [Reading] ➿ Molly's Family By Nancy Garden – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk What makes a family 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 wall What makes a family 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 NightMolly 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Molly's Family
  • Nancy Garden
  • English
  • 10 October 2017
  • 0374350027

About the Author: Nancy Garden

A versatile writer, Nancy Garden has published books for children as well as for teens, nonfiction as well as fiction But her novel Annie on My Mind, the story of two high school girls who fall in love with each other, has brought herattention than she wanted when it was burned in front of the Kansas City School Board building in and banned from school library shelves in Olathe, Kansas, as well as other school districts A group of high school students and their parents in Olathe had to sue the school board in federal district court in order to get the book back on the library shelves Today the book is as controversial as ever, in spite of its being viewed by many as one of the most important books written for teens in the past forty years In the American Library Association gave the Margaret A Edwards Award to Nancy Garden for lifetime achievementIn Remembrance Nancy Garden.