Bibliographic Information: Lovell, P. (2001). Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Annotation: Throughout this book, Molly Lou Melon keeps a positive perspective by remembering what her grandmother always told her. She is clumsy, has buck teeth and her voice that sounds like a frog but she always keeps her head up when Ronald Durkin bullies her about her imperfections.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children learning about oneself; children learning about positive perspectives; children learning about bullying.

Response/Rating(1-4): 4; This heartwarming book is a great example of self-confidence, and believing in yourself.

Text Dependent Question: What did Ronald Durkin give Molly Lou Melon at the end?


A. Mini-Lesson

B. Teaching a short lesson alongside this book.

C. This book would be a great way to introduce a mini-lesson about bullying, positive perspectives or optimism.