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What's the Big Idea, Molly?
     

What's the Big Idea, Molly?

by Valeri Gorbachev
 

Molly Mouse just wants to write a poem-but she can't find the perfect idea! Then she sees her friends Rabbit, Goose, Frog, and Pig. They are looking for an idea also: what to get Turtle for his birthday. But when they all come up with the very same idea, what will they do? Then inspiration strikes-Molly has the best idea of all! If she uses her poetry and they

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Molly Mouse just wants to write a poem-but she can't find the perfect idea! Then she sees her friends Rabbit, Goose, Frog, and Pig. They are looking for an idea also: what to get Turtle for his birthday. But when they all come up with the very same idea, what will they do? Then inspiration strikes-Molly has the best idea of all! If she uses her poetry and they all work together, Molly and her friends can create the most original birthday present ever.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2—Molly Mouse has writer's block. She loves words, but none seem to come. She and her friends are trying to come up with the perfect gift for Turtle's birthday. Rabbit, Goose, Frog, and Pig all decide to draw a picture for him, and they all go off to where they do their best thinking. Molly sits on the porch, thinking. When each one returns with a picture of a tree, Molly comes up with a great idea. Together they create a book about the seasons, complete with Molly's new poem. Children will love this sweet story of friendship in which very different individuals are genuine in their efforts to please one another and work out problems with smiles and cooperation. Gorbachev's familiar watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations fill the spreads with soft, gentle artwork and priceless animal expressions and body language. Pig wears a pink frock, Goose favors a yellow and gray striped shirt, and Mouse is charming in red. A great idea for one-on-one sharing or a read-aloud.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Molly the mouse does not have an idea for her poem. Soon friends arrive needing help with another idea-for Turtle's birthday present. When Rabbit decides to draw a flower, Goose, Frog and Pig want to do that, too. Molly knows something different must be done: "We need to think." Off goes each friend, energetically drawn in ink with a muted palette of watercolor and gouache, to run, swim, fish, snooze and think. Included on each of those spreads is a rounded vignette with Molly musing in a bright-red dress. When the friends return with another, but once again identical, idea, Molly is struck with a solution. Busy teamwork is the answer, and they "drew and painted and glued and stapled until it was finished." It is a gift made from the friends' art coupled with Molly's accompanying poems. Aiming right at preschoolers, Gorbachev deftly illustrates the frustrations and rewards of the creative process. Equally appealing for storytimes or one-on-one sharing-adding Molly to the bookshelf is a good idea. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399254284
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

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

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