Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell (2001), G.P. Putnam's Sons

Molly Lou Melon is the shortest girl in the first grade, complete with buck teeth, a voice like a bullfrog, and serious clumsiness. While others might retreat from the world, Molly has taken her grandma’s advice to walk proudly, smile big, sing out, and believe in herself. When she moves away to a new school, she is confronted by a mean boy named Ronald but, with her confidence and audacity, she proves him wrong time and time again. In the end, she shows gratitude to her grandma for instilling these traits.

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How do you think Molly felt when she had to move away to a new school?

Why do you think Ronald acted how he did toward Molly?

If someone is new at your school, what are some ways you could help them feel better?

Why is it important that Molly wrote to her grandma at the end of the story?

If you think of something about yourself that makes you a little embarrassed – like Molly’s voice or her teeth – what do you think Molly’s grandma would say to you?