Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon


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Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.

But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399234163
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/27/2001
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 18,199
Product dimensions: 9.37(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patty Lovell's dad told her the best stories when she was a little girl, inspiring her to write her own. Patty has taught elementary school in London, Virginia, Harlem, and on Long Island. She currently teaches first grade and lives in Glen Cove, New York. 

David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel;The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

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Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible children’s book! I’m quite sure that everyone has had encounters with bullies at one point or another, and if children are young and fortunate enough that they haven’t, they surely will before adulthood. This children’s book celebrates the unique differences that are often the basis that bullies use to poke fun at other children. Regardless of what mean things people said or did, Molly Lou Mellon stood tall and proud of who she was. Always. The illustrations that accompany thus story are phenomenal as well!
SarahH87 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this to my class! I love the message it sends for children about loving yourself and your unique qualities. This book teaches a lesson for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a girl. Like most girls I worry about all my flaws. This book is all about embrassing those flaws and turning them into something beautiful. Molly lou Melon gives kids an extra boost in courage, confidence, and self-asteem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I highly recommend this title. It's a great story about a little girl who embraces her differences and stands up to the class bully. She doesn't let anyone get her down. A great story for teaching children acceptance and self-esteem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book to get and keep. It's not just for kids. It tells you how to live life. I was recommended to get this book by my child's daycare provider and ordered 4 copies the next day for 4 different people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stand tall Molly Lou Melom is Very encoraging book about a little girl. That is just taller than her dog. Mollys grandma told her alway walk as proud as you can. Molly had buck teeth that were so big that so could put big stacks of pennies on her teeth. Molly also had Avoice tha souned like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constictor. Molly Beleieved in her self but she often had a fumble finger. Soon Molly would be moving to a new town. So, she had to say good bye to her grandma and friends to start at a new school. In her new school, there is a bully who makes fun of Molly for how she looks. Molly shows himthat everyone is different in their own way. There is a good life lesson in this story of how everyone is different. That is what I liked about it. It showes how Molly stands up for her self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 11 year old daughter years ago. It was one of her favorites, now I read it several times a day to her 20 month old brother. My Grandmother is just like Molly, short,with a scratchy voice. When I read it to her she almost cried. She wished she had had this book when she was young. The illustrations are amazing also. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 and 3 year old boys love this book. I have since purchased it as a gift many times. Everyone who reads this book loves the illustrations and the fabulous message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book for children. It tells them to be proud of exactly who they are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this for a graduate level children's literature class for licensure in teaching and it was my FAVORITE out of 80+ books. It's a beautiful story of self-esteem and self-confidence and the illustrations are AMAZING! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book with a powerful message behind it. This would be GREAT for little girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Molly Lou Melon is a wonderful character and teaches a wonderful concept of confidence in one's self. A positive book for children as well for all ages. A boost that is needed for ourself as well a reminder. Thank you for publishing this book. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a breath of fresh air. My Goddaughter and I love this book. It was the book she learned to read from, and the first she read through all by herself. We have even painted one of 'Grandmother's quotes of wisdom' on her bedroom wall. What a glorious way to instill self assurance and confindence in today's impressionable young children who are struggling to 'fit in'. Thank you for writing such an enlightening children's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful, it teaches children to be proud of who they are! The pictures are fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book regarding young children and begining a self-esteem at a young age. Be proud of who you are no matter what anyone else says or thinks of you. You will enjoy reading this book to your children. The pictures are wonderful and the book is very funny.
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you enough how much I love this book. It has such an amazing message for kids, and the illustrations are awesome....a think its a must have for the little people.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Molly Lou Melon is a very small and odd looking little girl. Her grandmother always thought her how to be strong and not let anyone put her down. When Molly Lou Melon moves and has to go to a new school, Molly must stand up to the bully in the school Ronald Durkin. This is a great read aloud book that teaches children how they should deal with bullies.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book about standing up for yourself, believing in yourself, and solving bullying problems. The kids thought this was great :-)
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children love and respect Molly Lou Melon as we all can identify with her stuggles and humor through life.
hhanley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a precious book about being proud of who you are no matter what others say or do. Molly Lou becomes discouraged when other students pick on her for her looks and abilities. Her grandmother boosts her confidence and encourages her to "stand tall". This is a great book for inferencing and character education.
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Molly Lou Melon is my new hero. She's a tiny little girl with buckteeth and a raspy, croaky voice, but she lives by the words of her grandma which assure her that attitude is all that matters. Armed with that good advice, Molly Lou Melon tackles a brand new school and wins the heart of the resident bully just by being herself.
kcbartlett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this book! I used this book with all my library classes to teach acceptance! A classic book that has life lessons for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, Illustrated by David Catrow. This was such a cute book! I had to read this for a class and it teaches such a valuable lesson. I felt like I could relate to this book and I am sure may other children will be able to relate to is as well. This book encourages children to be themselves and not worry so much about what other people think. It also teaches that you can accomplish anything you want regardless of appearance. Opinions from others cannot keep you from goals or dreams that you wish to achieve. The idea of confidence in yourself is a valuable lesson to remember or learn and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon teaches just that! A lesson not just for kids but adults too.
burleyn1 More than 1 year ago
What a great book that teaches self-esteem and confidence to children! Children will, at some point in their lives, encounter people who do not like certain characteristics about them. The key theme in this story is to be who you are and accomplish what you can no matter who you are or what you look like. This is a life lesson that should be learned, not only by children, but also by adults. Everyone needs to learn that the opinions of others should not keep us from our goals and dreams. Molly Lou Melon looks and acts differently than most children. She learned from her grandmother that she should embrace who she is. Adults reading this book can also learn from the grandmother and how we can raise our children or students to think in a confident way like Molly Lou Melon.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the cutest children's books I have ever read. It teaches a valuable lesson that we are all different and it teaches kids that it is good to be different and how to love yourself and your qualities that make you different and unique. I would recommend this book for all ages. The illustrations are also very funny and cute!!!
lfork More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I think its great to read to kids to encourage them to be themselves no matter what! I think its a very uplifting book. I think you should read this to little kids as they are growing up to teach them self confidence. Every parent or teacher should own this book!