Just Like Molly – book review + giveaway

When my eldest daughter was three, she had a friend called Ellabella.

She and Ellabella were tight. They did everything together. They would chase butterflies in the yard, and giggle and squeal when they had Justine Clarke dance parties. Sometimes they would simply sit and chat. Together they would weave intricate yarns of princesses and Queens and anything their wild imaginations could dream up.

Ellabella was older than my daughter, which turned out to be a good thing. She was a positive influence helping her to pick up toys and not be afraid of the dark.

Best of all, she was my little girl’s first friend. She helped her out of her shell in tough situations and comforted her when she was lonely or scared.

And then one day, my daughter made a new friend. And then another friend. And then a third friend after that.

She talked about Ellabella less and less, and when I was brave enough to ask her whereabouts one day, I was told she’d moved to Hong Kong.

Ellabella (the imaginary friend) was no longer needed. She’d served her purpose in helping a shy little girl find her feet at daycare. I can never thank Ellabella enough for that.

I was reminded of Ellabella recently when I was given a book to review.

Just like Molly

Just Like Molly is a beautifully heart-felt tale of friendship.

I have a friend called Molly. She loves playing games.

Molly sleeps under my bed.

Nobody can see her only me.

And loneliness.

… One day Molly wasn’t in my room … She wasn’t anywhere.

And being sad and afraid.

I am in Grade 1 and I don’t think many of the kids in my class like me.

And the beauty, excitement and relief of making new friends.

Just Like Molly is a gentle tale that reassures kids it’s okay to feel shy and lonely in new situations and that there is a friend out there for them.

My two girls (aged six and four) loved Just Like Molly.

Miss Four, in particular, could relate to the book. Miss Four is experiencing an incredibly shy phase. She started Kindy this year with a new group of kids and has worked hard to push herself out of her comfort zone to find friends. There have been tears and cries of ‘I don’t want to go’, but we’re making progress. Big progress, and it’s beautiful to see.

I glanced at Miss Four when I read the book for the first time. I could see the emotions rising in her. Her darling lips formed a tiny frown and she looked worried and sad when Molly all of a sudden disappeared. I could almost feel the relief in her when the character in the book found a new friend.

As for Miss Six, I could see a flicker of recognition in her eyes.

‘You used to have a friend like Molly,’ I told her.

Miss Six let out a giggle and gave me a knowing smile. Good old Ellabella, we both thought.

Just Like Molly was written by Victorian schoolgirl Pippa Dowling when she was just 10-years-old. The book is beautifully illustrated by Melbourne-based artist, Sunshine.

I recommend Just Like Molly for ages 3 – 7. It is the perfect tale for any kid who is apprehensive about starting a new kindergarten or school.

You can purchase Just Like Molly online from Empowering Resources. Empowering Resources specialise in publishing books that nurture, educate and empower kids and adults.

Giveaway

Thanks to Empowering Resources I have a copy of Just Like Molly to give away to three lucky readers.

If you’d like to score yourself a copy of Just Like Molly, tell me in the comments how you’ve helped your child through a difficult period of change.

Terms and Conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Monday 3 April 2017.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a copy of Just Like Molly in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

27 comments on Just Like Molly – book review + giveaway

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    March 28, 2017 at 5:59 am (8 months ago)

    I love that your daughters friend moved to Hong Kong. How glamorous!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm (8 months ago)

      Hahaha! Yes, very big imagination 🙂

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  2. Jodi Gibson
    March 28, 2017 at 6:35 am (8 months ago)

    What a gorgeous book. I really do miss reading these sort of picture books with my girls. Now I have to listen to the adventures of Ella and Olivia in The Ella Diaries! No, it’s not that bad, but still there’s nothing like watching your little one soak in the words and pictures from a beautiful picture book.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm (8 months ago)

      Lol!! We’ve just started Ella and Olivia. My six-year-old is the world’s biggest fan. She can’t get enough 🙂

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  3. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 28, 2017 at 6:36 am (8 months ago)

    Empowering resources have some absolutely excellent titles at the moment. They really are trying to make a difference to empower kids. What a fab company!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm (8 months ago)

      I’d only heard of them recently and I’m very impressed. So many great books on offer.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm (8 months ago)

      And entertaining 🙂

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  4. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    March 28, 2017 at 8:28 am (8 months ago)

    I would love to still be able to sit and read books to my kids, but now they are teenagers, that’s so embarrassing Mum! Such a sweet time in the kids lives, that passes far to quickly.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm (8 months ago)

      It sure does, Nicole 🙂

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  5. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 28, 2017 at 8:50 am (8 months ago)

    This book sounds gorgeous! I love that it was written by a ten year old, I wonder if it was from experience?! I’m off to check out Empowering Resources – sounds awesome!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:45 pm (8 months ago)

      Yeah, pretty impressive, isn’t it?!! Empowering Resources are great. I want to read more titles 🙂

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  6. Allison
    March 28, 2017 at 10:08 am (8 months ago)

    My daughter is very shy and we chose to give her an extra year at Kinder to build her confidence. But next year she will be attending Primary School with none of her Kinder friends. I am spending this year building up her confidence and Just Like Molly sounds like a perfect resource to assist both of us. I was a shy child myself so I know how hard it is to try new experiences.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:45 pm (8 months ago)

      Ahh Allison, I feel for you. My eldest daughter (now grade 1) was incredibly shy too and I feared the worst for Prep. The school provided a very warm and welcoming environment and she settled in so well. She has come out of her shell so much the teacher said she needs to practice her quiet voice. I wish your daughter the best of luck for next year.

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  7. Bec Senyard
    March 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm (8 months ago)

    Sounds like a really special book to read with my girls. When Esther’s had to navigate change I’ve stopped to listen to her feelings rather than shrug them off as something she will ‘grow’ through. I remember the transition from kindy to school was big – she loved her kindy teachers and I explained she would love her grade 1 teacher, which she did, until the teacher left 6 weeks into term so Esther had to get to know a new teacher. She ended up being great and Esther seemed to transition better this year into a new class with new teachers.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm (8 months ago)

      Wow. That is a big change early on in the first school year. I’m glad you were able to work through it with her.

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  8. Robyna May
    March 28, 2017 at 8:38 pm (8 months ago)

    What a gorgeous book to share. The boys haven’t concocted imaginary friends but I remember having one as a kid and blaming them for a great deal of things 😂 In terms of helping the boys through things, I find the simple things the best. Letting them know they are loved and that as long as they do their best, we are proud of them.

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  9. Bron
    March 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm (8 months ago)

    What a beautiful idea for a story! Sounds like a gorgeous book.

    Last year my five year old son lost his pet fish and his great grandmother within a week. It was so sad and he had a lot of questions about mortality. My first instinct was to go out and buy him a new fish, but on reflection, that’s not how the world works. Sometimes we lose things we love and they’re irreplaceable. Like a Nan. We worked through his grief by talking and acknowledging sad emotions. He got through it. It was a time when parenting isn’t all roses, but I’m glad we got through it as a family

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  10. Renee Meier
    March 28, 2017 at 9:54 pm (8 months ago)

    This book looks lovely. My 3 have experienced ongoing changes in the last few years. They all cope differently but we often set aside time to talk about our feelings before bed. We each share 1 positive & 1 not so positive feeling from the day. I want to raise kids, the boys in particular, who aren’t scared to be open about their emotions.

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  11. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    March 28, 2017 at 11:32 pm (8 months ago)

    This sounds like such a lovely book. I love how picture books can seem so simple yet deal with big issues and emotions xx

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  12. Susan Banyard
    March 29, 2017 at 12:40 am (8 months ago)

    Master 4 started kindy and loved it, he made many close friends, pre-primary was a different story as every single friend was in the other class. Master 4 thought he must of been a bad kid as he had no friends anymore. I explained to him that he must be the strong one and the new kids in his class need someone special to help them settle into pre-primary. Within a few days he had lots of new friends and was full of confidence.

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  13. claire evans
    March 29, 2017 at 1:38 am (8 months ago)

    made a book taking pictures of her new school and house, so we could use this as a talking point to prepare for a big move

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  14. Sonja
    March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am (8 months ago)

    This book sounds perfect for little ones as they navigate those big changes and first days. My youngest is struggling at daycare as her sister is now at a different kinder and previously they would play together outside. Her big sister now draws her a little note to tuck in her pocket incase she feels scared. It’s worked a great and I’m so proud that Miss big sis thought of it all on her own 🙂

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  15. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    March 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm (8 months ago)

    This sounds like such a lovely, comforting book Renee for both children and parents. I think it’s something my 7-year-old would benefit from after some difficulty settling into her new class at school this year. Thankfully we’ve been making some progress over the past few weeks so I’m hopeful things will get better.

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  16. Tegan
    March 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm (8 months ago)

    This sounds like a beautiful book. Mr 7’s best friend is moving at the end of the year and he’s a bit upset about it. They’ve been together since Kindy and play a lot together at school. I’m worried for how he will.adapt to not having him at school anymore.

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  17. renae
    March 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm (8 months ago)

    When we told our 5yo we were moving to another country she was naturally very upset at the thought of leaving her friends. We spoke about it quite a lot, I showed her lots of pictures of Australia to get her used to it. We also wrote out little cards with her name and new address on it so that her friends could write her letters that would be ready for her when she arrived, She loved arriving to lots of letters and this made the transition easier for her.

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  18. Joanne Cardamone
    April 10, 2017 at 10:15 am (7 months ago)

    When I got retrenched from my flexible job and had to go back to work full time (with no flexibility), it was a huge adjustment for my 4yo. All of a sudden, someone else was picking her up from kindergarten and looking after her until one of us got home, and on the kindergarten half day she now was transferred to the childcare, her swimming lessons moved and she had a new teacher. So many changes, that we constantly talked to her and let her choose the babysitter too. We also made a fairy letterbox, so the fairies would send her letters of encouragement too.

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