Meet Molly, An American Girl

ISBN: 0937295086
ISBN 13: 9780937295083
By: Valerie Tripp

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While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.

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Holly Smith

In this book, "Meet Molly: An American Girl" we get a small glimpse of a young girl during World War Two. We learn a little about Molly and her family, where her mother works, her sister, two brothers, the maid, and her father who is off helping in the war. We see a glimpse of silly family antics and times that bring families together. The book has very realistic illustrations in the book that are fun and help to see more of Molly. This book also includes a short section of factual information about world war two that we could have seen in this book. I would use this book in classrooms while studying World War Two. Like the "Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures", "Meet Molly" can help students look into an American Family during the war, trying to understand what some people went through when their fathers, brothers, nephews, or cousins went off to war. I would read this book aloud to the students, because boys would generally not want to read this book on their own. I would also have the students write down some of the facts from the the back of the book in their journals.


As a child, I used to read the American Girl book series and I really enjoyed doing so.I believe that 4th/5th grade students will enjoy reading these types of books. As I reread this book, I noticed how Molly's story can be used as a connection to what American families went through during WWII. In Molly's story, we learn how her father is serving the country by being a doctor somewhere in Europe. We also learn what families used to do back home to help support their troops. For example, families created their own Victory Gardens in order to not buy canned foods since the material used for cans could be used for war equipment. I feel that this book can give young girls a perspective of what it was to live during WWII.


I have been trying to get into several American Girl books, as we have quite the collection. I started a few that just didn't grab my attention, but Meet Molly pulled you in from the first paragraph. I really loved this book, it reminded me so much of the Ramona books that I use to read as a kid. She is mischievous, getting into trouble with her brother, and has a silly fun personality that is revealed to the readers through her actions and thoughts. This particular book takes place during WWII, and during the Halloween season. Basically her and her friends are trying to decide how to dress up for Halloween, angering her brother in the process by teasing him about a girl he likes. He declares he will get even, and even he does! His revenge involved a lot of freezing cold water and soggy Halloween treats. The revenge planning doesn't end there, for Molly that is. Now she needs to get even with her brother, which involves a lot of her brothers socks and underwear, and a whole lot of embarrassment! It is a really short cute book that had me chuckling in a few spots. The illustrations within the book are detailed and very nicely done. There is also of course mention of the war and a section at the back of the book that explains into more detail what it would have been like to live during Molly's time. It is very informative without getting too dry, which is spot on for kids. I really enjoyed this book and will be continuing on in the series of Molly books.My only complaint about this book, and really any of the American Girl books, is how heavy each book is. The books are printed with extremely nice quality, but the pages being so much more thicker than usual, it makes for a heavier book. In my opinion they are each too heavy for a small chapter book for children, especially if you have a small stack that includes entire set of one American Girl. Every time I stack up the American Girl books in our house to move somewhere else, I am always in shock of their weight for such small stories. Seems wasteful, and possibly unpractical for what they are.

Brittany Perry

Meet Molly by Tripp, V.Summary Meet Molly is book about a young girl named Molly McIntire living in 1944. World war two is going on and Molly’s father is on the front lines. He is overseas taking care of wounded soldiers. In America people are struggling to pay for the war so everyone needs to make sacrifices such as rationing sugar and canned goods. Molly must learn some things are difficult, like getting fabric to make clothes and a costume for Halloween. Molly and her brother Ricky fight and argue a lot. They are always looking for ways to play tricks on each other. On Halloween night Molly and her friends go trick or treating. They got a lot of candy, when all of a sudden her brother Ricky got the hose and sprayed them with water. He drenched their costumes and candy. In the end Molly and her brother make up and get along. Even though times are hard during world war two, Molly learns to appreciate what she really does have. ResponseI gave Meet Molly four stars because I think it is a cute and interesting story. This book is full of information about world war two. I think many children would enjoy reading this book and would learn facts about this era without even knowing it. Children would be able to relate to Molly because she’s an average girl that argues with her brother a lot. I think this would also be a good book if I had any students that had a parent overseas fighting in the war because Molly’s father is serving in world war two. Classroom ConnectionThis book would be a great way to teach students about the 1940’s. I would read this book to my students. After the story I would teach the students how to make a word web. Then I would have them create a web with things Americans had to ration during WW2. I think this book would be a good opener for a discussion about WW2 because this book is from a child’s perspective, and I think it would be easy to relate to Molly. Lexile:740Guided Reading Level:QThis book is appropriate for grades 3-5 and should be independently read by grade 4.

Felicity The Magnificent

I liked this book because it was about a girl named Molly, and already have one of the other American Girl collections. In this book, Molly had one little brother and one big brother and one big sister. In this book she was dressed up as a hula dancer for Haloween, and her older brother, his name was Ricky, turned on the sprinkler and sprinkled Molly and her friends, and they got soaked. Ricky had to give all his candies to them and get only one for himself. -by Felicity


Zainab loved the idea that i read these as a kid and that every eid and birthday id hope for an american girl book, ill be honest at the time, there were inly kirsten, molly and samantha, and molly was my least favorite, but reading it with my five year old turned out to be awesome, dont know how much about the past she understood, but we definitely had some good discussions while reading and it exposed her to some new vocabulary. Cant wait to read thother books to her.


I used to love these books when I was a kid. Felicity was my particular favorite, though, with Molly ranking somewhere behind Samantha and Addy, and possibly also behind Kirsten. Sorry, Molly. But at any rate, I think I can safely point to the American Girls series as being the catalyst for my lifelong love of historical fiction, and this is book especially stands out in my mind. It's a cute story, with an Obvious Message, though not so Anvilicious as to turn off the target audience, I don't think. And it's a quick, light read too, with just enough history woven in where it's needed to make things flow smoothly, which should be a plus if you're struggling with a reluctant reader. (It's worth a quick read for grown-up girls, too, if only for the nostalgia.)

Maddie Visser

This was one of my favorite American girl stories. It really got me interested in molly.


The American girl Molly Books are set in 1944 during world war two. Molly's father is a doctor, he's overseas taking care of wounded soldiers. Molly has an older sister Jill, older brother Ricky and younger brother Brad. In this story Molly and her two best friends Linda and Susan are planning what to be for Halloween, but with materials being short because of the war they are having a hard time. Molly is having a hard time adjusting to everything being so different because of the war, her father being away, having to eat disgusting turnips because they can't have canned vegetables, everything is different.The girls finally end up deciding what to be for Halloween and end up engaging in a war of their own with Molly's brother Ricky.

Natalie Quinn

I loved the American Girl Doll Series when I was growing up. I believe that my love for history began with these books. Children are naturally curious about the past, and these books provide a good account of what life would have been for an American girl growing up in those times. However, I feel that the series is based only for little girls. With that in mind, I would still add it to my classroom library as an educator, but would need to make sure the boys in the class are also represented with other books.


It’s been a few years since my daughter and I have read any of the American Girl books, and I forgot how good they are. Since we are covering World War II in social studies I thought this would be a nice additional relevant book to read, showing life on the Home Front. In book 1 we meet Molly and her family. Her father is a doctor serving somewhere in Europe, while her family is doing the best they can to support him and the others like him in small ways; such as planting a “victory garden,” volunteering at the Red Cross, and conserving.

Sheryl Beam

Molly is the All American Girl. This story is my favorite American girl. Her story explains and allows mental images of the trials and happiness of a girl and her family during a time of war for America. The story's details show her relationship with her father who she misses due to the fact he is away and with her friends and family.The recommended age range for The American Girl novels are primary ages.I do recommend Meet Molly as well as all of the other American Girls because of the amazing personalization that is given to these novels.

Alex Baugh

Meet Molly is the first novel of the six Molly McIntire series books from American Girl. Molly is 9 year old and living on the American home front during World War II. Her father, Dr. McIntire, had joined the Army when war was declared and is stationed in England, where he is caring for wounded soldiers. Molly's mother is doing her bit working for the Red Cross. Molly has a sister Jill, 14, a brother Ricky, 12, and a brother Brad, 5. Molly's two best friends are Linda and Susan.It is 1944 and the war is still raging in Europe and the Pacific. The country is feeling the effects of rationing and shortages, so people really have to be clever and economical about coming up with Halloween costumes and treats. As the story opens, Molly has been sitting at the dinner table for over 2 hours with a plate of cold turnips in front of her. Molly, a rather headstrong girl, had refused to eat the turnips and Mrs. Gilford, just as headstrong, refused to excuse her until they were gone. Molly spent her table time dreaming of the beautiful Cinderella costume she was planning to wear for Halloween, IF her mother would buy the yards of fancy material needed and IF she agrees to sew it for Molly. This dream, however, quickly hits reality the next day when her best friends are less then enthusiastic about being the ugly stepsisters to Molly's Cinderella.The newest Meet MollyBut Mrs. McIntire saves the day when she suggests the girls go as Hawaiian hula dancers and shows them how to make a costume using crepe paper, paint and strips of newspaper. All three girls are very happy with this costume, and go off trick or treating after school, and collecting lots of goodies by the end of the day. The only problem is Ricky, who has planned his revenge on the girls for having teased him about his crush on Jill's friend Dolores earlier. And after he ruins their costumes and their treats when he douses them with water, the girls decide to declare war on Ricky and to get their revenge on him. There are, of course, lessons to learn in Meet Molly about fighting, peace and sharing - good lessons in general but here also very apropos of the time. In this nicely done chapter book, Valerie Tripp has managed to get much of life on the home front onto Molly's Halloween story. There is Mrs. Gilford's Victory Garden that didn't do as well as hoped because of the excessively hot summer; Mom's job that takes her away from home so much of the time; missing Dad and wondering whether he is alright and of course, wanting things to be the way they used to be. And at the end of the novel, there is short "A Peek into the Past" which covers the cause of the war and tells something about how life really was for kids like Molly on 1944 home front.


This was the first American Girl book I'd read. It's about a girl who's dad is off fighting in Germany or wherever, and she has to figure out how to be more patriotic? To be honest, I don't really remember this very much. Bottom line: it's ok. if you're a diehard AG fan, or you just wanna say you've read them all, read it. If not, just skip to the last book in the series (Changes for Molly; the ending is exceptional).


"Meet Molly" is a book in the "American Girl" popular series. In this series there are several girl characters, each with their own set of stories which are set in a different time period. Meet Molly is the first of Molly's books. It is about her and her family living in America during WWII. In this book, the effects that the war was having on the people at home are shown. I liked that it expressed the lack of items that most children wouldn't even think about having to go without because of war. For example, sugar, cans of food, and cloth to make Halloween costumes. The book is entertaining and involves situations that the reader can relate to such as fighting with siblings. This book is ideal for 3rd to 5th graders. It is so funny and enjoyable to read that the reader doesn't even realize that they are learning a lot about history. It is a book that most students would read individually. They will most likely be attracted to it on their own, especially because the series is so popular. It could; however, be tied into the classroom when studying social studies or history. Each girl is set in a different time so this series could go along with a variety of different topics such as WWII, slavery, the Revolutionary War, and many more. The colorful and detailed illustrations in this book add to the story line as well as provide the reader with a clearer mental image of the time period. They can get a better idea of what clothes, homes, cars, etc. looked like. There are also little illustrations in the margins of the text to show what the page is about. In the front of the book there are pictures of each character in the book and a little information about them so that the reader has an idea of who each character is before they read the book. In the back of each book in this series there is a section called "A Peek into the Past" which has more factual information and pictures of the time period. This book, as well as all of the others in the series makes the reader feel as if they really are apart of the time period they are reading about.

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