Molly And The Sword


When Molly's family needs water, she volunteers to go to the village square to get some. Except that this is a time of war, and she is mistaken for a spy. But fate steps in and she returns home. Many years later, as she is about to play her violin at a great performance hall, she is trying to muster all of her courage again. Can she do it?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that offers life lessons. It is particularly valuable for remedial readers who need sophisticated, substantive stories with vocabulary and presentation suited to their needs.

Content Awareness Factors:

It would have been worth adding a couple more pages to flesh out the concepts of enemy, friendship, perseverance, and prejudice for young readers.

Little Kid Reaction

The closing scene (with Molly on stage and the Prince in his box) was our child's favorite part. Most of the story was lost on her.

Big Kid Reaction

This is a beautiful story that is exceptionally illustrated. Still, many of the elements are far too subtle for 7 year olds, beginning with the double entendre of the title. The vague descriptions of the setting and "the enemies" make it difficult to give the story foundation. Children today will also have little concept that it was "wrong" for girls to play a violin.

Type of Book:
This is a story that shows that bravery, courage, and friendship show themselves in different ways.
Educational Themes:

This is a picture book with sophisticated lessons. There are opportunities to talk about enemy v. friendship, war (specifically the passions or suspicions that can cloud judgment), perseverance, prejudice, courage and self esteem. As an historical piece, it sets the stage for further research about women in music and the violin itself.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Despite being a "picture book" this is a worthwhile read for pre-teens.

Title Molly and the Sword
Author Robert Shlasko
Publisher Jane & Street Pub Ltd © 2004
ISBN 0974507741
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Music, Self Worth, War, Europe | European People
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