Molly Who Flew Away

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Molly loves when the big fair comes to town. She loves the fun house, the carousel, and the Ferris wheel. But every ride is more fun when she can go on it with one of her friends! She loves her friends. And to show them, she buys them each a balloon in their favorite color. But Molly has so many friends, she needs lots of balloons-so many, in fact, that they carry her off into the sky! It's a good thing she has so many friends, because they are the very ones who catch her and ...

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Overview

Molly loves when the big fair comes to town. She loves the fun house, the carousel, and the Ferris wheel. But every ride is more fun when she can go on it with one of her friends! She loves her friends. And to show them, she buys them each a balloon in their favorite color. But Molly has so many friends, she needs lots of balloons-so many, in fact, that they carry her off into the sky! It's a good thing she has so many friends, because they are the very ones who catch her and save her from sailing away for good!

Valeri Gorbachev's bighearted mouse will sail away with children's fancies in this colorful delight of a book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Young Molly, an exuberant anthropomorphic mouse, really enjoys the fair when it comes to town, particularly when she can share the experiences with her friends. She likes to go to the fun house with Rabbit, ride the merry-go-round with Goose, take pony rides with Frog, see puppet shows with Pig, and enjoy the Ferris Wheel with Dog. Molly wants to buy something at the fair for all her friends; but by the time she has picked out a balloon for each of them and one for herself, Molly finds herself carried up into the air. She cries for help in vain as she sails over the land. Fortunately, her good friends finally run and catch her. Grateful, she gives each a balloon. Gorbachev uses watercolors, gouache, and ink to create creatures with real personalities, each reacting to the fair's attractions in a different way. Readers can enjoy the rides vicariously with the characters. The balloon vendor, a large tortoise with clown make-up and baggy checkered coat, is particularly comic. Even Molly's balloon ride evokes humor rather than fear. The double-page scenes offer a light-hearted sequence of events as we turn the pages of the fantasy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

On a perfect summer day, Molly the mouse and her friends are delighted when the country fair comes to town. They enjoy the merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, pony rides, puppet shows, fun house, and games. To mark the occasion, instead of buying a memento or food, Molly decides to buy balloons for her friends and herself. Before anyone can say, "Up, up and away," she is. The bouquet of balloons floats her over the fairgrounds, meadows, hills, and river to the outskirts of town where her friends finally catch up with her. Gorbachev's full-color spreads and panels-done in a soft palette of watercolor and gouache, accented with ink-celebrate the pleasures and adventures of this day. The momentum of the lively illustrations is a perfect match for the spirited text and creates an inviting story of friendship, sharing, and fun.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Molly Mouse's trip to the county fair ends on a high note (quite literally) in this latest from Gorbachev. Molly's friends, each with his or her own unique personality, bring out the best in the fair experience. Her funny friend Rabbit is the perfect companion for the fun house, while brave Dog accompanies her on the Ferris wheel. Therefore it is quite fitting (albeit unfathomable for some children) that her spending money go toward a treat for all five of her friends as well as herself-balloons in their favorite colors. But Molly has not counted on the balloons carrying her off. Her frightening flight ends only when her friends band together to catch her. Watercolors, gouache and ink in soft hues and rather muted details lend a country feel to the illustrations, which will have readers searching out the closest county fair. While it may seem somewhat slight at first glance, re-readings should encourage children to think about the traits they admire in their own friends. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399252112
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 708,491
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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