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Molly Limbo

Molly Limbo

by Margaret Hodges, Elizabeth Miles
     
 
Will Mr. Means heed the advice of the ghostly Molly Limbo?


Mr. Means was a miser who bought a haunted house. He did not mind moving in with a ghost if the price was right, and it was. So in he moves with his money boxes and hires Mrs. Handy to cook and clean for him.


But Mr. Means soon finds himself with two housekeepers: Mrs. Handy and Molly

Overview

Will Mr. Means heed the advice of the ghostly Molly Limbo?


Mr. Means was a miser who bought a haunted house. He did not mind moving in with a ghost if the price was right, and it was. So in he moves with his money boxes and hires Mrs. Handy to cook and clean for him.


But Mr. Means soon finds himself with two housekeepers: Mrs. Handy and Molly Limbo, the ghost who occupies the house. Glad to have company again, Molly cleans the house until it shines. She bakes delicious bread.


It isn't long before Mr. Means comes to the conclusion that an ethereal housekeeper is cheaper than a flesh-and-blood one. But when Mrs. Handy is fired, Mr. Means receives a priceless lesson in human worth from a wise and ghostly lady.


Elizabeth Miles's finely-detailed watercolors give visual life to the words of a master storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - C. Darren Butler
The story begins with a miser, Mr. Means, purchasing a haunted house because the price is right and he doesn't believe in ghosts. He hires a widow and mother of three, Mrs. Handy, to clean and keep up the place. Mrs. Handy respects and leaves food for the house's ghost, Molly Limbo, and is helped in return. Mr. Means decides that since he has such extraordinary help from Molly Limbo, he can do without Mrs. Handy. Furious at Mr. Means' selfishness, Molly Limbo wrecks his house, and leaves a message scrawled in spilled flour on the kitchen floor. Hurriedly, Mr. Means rehires Mrs. Handy, having learned an important ethical and moral lesson. Luxurious illustrations, with the background of each page painted like parchment, greatly enhance the reading.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Miserly Mr. Means buys a furnished house, cheap because it is hauntedand in a terrible mess. Mrs. Handy, the poor widow he hires to cook and clean, doesn't mind the ghost because "It's only Molly Limbo," a pirate's wife. Mrs. Handy works hard, but the house needs more than a single pair of hands: and, indeed, Molly Limbo helps out at night. Mr. Means, skeptical at first, comes to feel that an invisible servant paid wages of milk and cake is more desirable than one paid in gold. The day after he lets Mrs. Handy go, however, he awakes to find his house a mess, and runs to re-engage her. Mrs. Handy refuses to marry him, and he doesn't give up his mean ways overnight, but the story lets readers feel that some improvement has been made, and justice done. This appealing version of a British folktale is matched with wonderfully detailed and engaging watercolors. The large cottage, romantically sited on a promontory, has an interior jammed with rustic antiques. Everything is beautifully drawn in a slightly Rackhamesque style, with the curving lines of the characters' clothing folds and tendrils of hair played off against the geometries of furnishings. Touches of blue similarly play off the palette's russets. A "olde" typeface looks at home on "foxed parchment" pages. Lots of visual pleasure here, and a tale worth telling.Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689805813
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/30/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.39(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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