Milly, Molly and Betelgeuse
Illustrator: Cris Morrell
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Published by: Milly Molly Books / MM House Publishing
Theme: Love, Understanding, Differences, Feelings, Special, questions.
Opening Line: “We may look different, but we feel the same.”
Synopsis: A mother guinea pig loves to tell her young ones each night how special they are and where there names originated from, but she could not remember where Betelgeuse came from. That is until Milly and Molly, two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds, stumble across a shining star. This 32 page book is one of 48 books in the Milly, Molly series, each one giving parents the opportunity to teach their children about everyday questions they may face and how to get along with each other. Encouraging values such as cooperation, respect, forgiveness, trustworthiness, responsibility, loss and grief, and many others, to help them become happy, successful, well-adjusted people.
Why I like this: I love that this is one of a series of books by a New Zealand author that shows that it’s not what we look like or that we may be different in colour but it is what is inside each of us that matters and that really we are all the same.
I reviewed this book previously on my blog back in early February 2011. See the link here. Read the review and then continue back here. I felt it worthy of Perfect Picture Book Listing on Susanna’s Blog, hence a second mention. The list of books in the “Milly, Molly” series has grown since then and now published in 40 languages around the world. I love the simple meaningful message each one has. Teaching children how to handle every day issues, as well as more complex ones. A recent book called Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut actually encourages children to turn the television off and play outside… the moral: the child would rather be ON television than watching it….. you will have to get that book out to figure that one out! Another book called the “Milly, Molly and LilyMay” has been taken up with the NZ Police to help children in their “Child Abuse Prevention Programs”.
Gill Pittar is hands on not only here in New Zealand joining forces with Kids Can Charity but also recently travelling to Tanzania and Uganda with World Vision, distributing the Milly and Molly books, soccer balls and netball. The illustrations by Cris are also wonderful, cheerful and colourful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNvSB3ZTw4&feature=related
This is the Milly, Molly Website…. http://testlink.co.nz/Home/tabid/38496/Default.aspx there is much to see on this website from their books, their vision, and involvement with NZ’s Kids Can Charity and World Vision in Africa.
I couldn’t help but pick out the author page from the above website, for you to look at and please scroll down and watch the very interesting video interview with Gill. http://testlink.co.nz/AboutUs/TheAuthor/tabid/38529/Default.aspx
Another cute page for you to learn Milly and Molly’s song, again from the above website….. http://testlink.co.nz/KidsZone/tabid/38518/Default.aspx
Here also is a website of the book Milly, Molly and the Tree Hutt on itunes, downloadable for kids to enjoy, even colouring in and making the story come alive. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/milly-molly-and-the-tree-hut-hd/id378232187?mt=8
Milly, Molly’s on Shop Website for you to browse through… http://millymolly.dremus.com/index.php?route=common/home
These books would make a great addition for any school library and prove invaluable tool for discussion, both in the classroom and at home.
Some cute videos for kids to watch….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d8CvtIxBRI&NR=1&feature=endscreen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXVpFTwHgs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbdbAuZ89-s&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzbgevx2CIY&feature=related I could go on, but if you look on the side bar you will see many more videos for the kids to watch. Enjoy!
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.