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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Smile Big...

WE CLOSED! Hallelujah!

People often ask me where the name Molly Lou Gifts came from. Most assume that my name is Molly Lou and I have been referred to as Molly Lou many times since MLG's creation.

When I was student teaching many moons ago, my mentor teacher read the class, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. It is a wonderful children's book and quickly became my favorite. It read it to my students throughout the years, even to a group of sixth graders. After the birth of Molly Lou Mini #1, I first read him this story and he loved it. It quickly became a favorite in our house and was read daily. When I set out to create this shop, I decided that Molly Lou Gifts would be the perfect name after the story's character, Molly Lou Melon.

Molly Lou Melon is a short "just taller than her dog", clumsy, eccentric child with interesting talents and a great attitude towards life. Her grandma gives her great advice, telling her to smile big, walk proudly, and sing loudly. After each of grandma's wise offerings, the page always follows with "so she did." Molly Lou moves to a new school and is met with a bully, but each time Ronald Durkin tries to embarass or harass Molly Lou, she remembers her grandmother's wisdom and entertains her new classmates and puts Ronald in his place. David Catrow offers perfect illustrations to accompany the wise story. The story and illustrations just bring a great big smile to your face.

While it's a children's book, but has so many of those valuable life lessons that we all can appreciate. My favorite line from the story is "Smile big and the world will smile right alongside you." Even if you don't have minis, read this book. Go ahead, I won't tell anyone! Perhaps my next job should be a Barnes & Noble book critic! :)

So my friends, walk proudly, smile big, and sing loudly!!

TOMORROW IS THE BIG 100! Can you believe it??? MLG is celebrating 100 posts! YAY! Come back for the BIG reveal and party. NEW giveaway celebration coming tomorrow! Celebrate with us!


  1. I used to be an elementary school teacher and have a long list of fave books, but growing up mine was Madeline. Congrats on your 100th post!

  2. Yay for closing! I can't wait for tomorrow!

  3. What a cutie that Molly Lou Melon is! I have no shame in telling you that I'll read it -- kids books always have the best lessons :)

  4. Oh kids love that book ...we have it at home and i have it at school for my students....that is so so cool...that book has some good reminders for all us grown ups as well...thanks for sharing that!!!

  5. Congratulations on closing!
    Beautiful story and connection to to your blog name.
    Congrats on your 100th post! I have a lloonngg way to go, will be celebrating my first month blogging tomorrow!

  6. Congrats on closing! I love that book and have read it over and over with my classes no matter what the grade level. Such a good lesson in there!

  7. YAY YOU!!! Congrats!! That book looks absolutely darling! I'd love to read it! My sister is getting married in October so I'm on my way over to you site to look at the wedding announcements. :)

  8. i love the story of how "molly lou" came about! Adorable! Have a great friday and congrats on {100}

  9. Congrats on closing! That is huge!!! Yay! Can't wait to see lots of photos of the new house. :) Also - I love the MLG story! I am a huge fan of children's books, having always been a huge reader (from age 4!), and I've never seen this one. It's definitely on my list!

  10. just taller than her dog...hmmm
    maybe i should change my name to MOLLY LOU THEN!:)

    I have been having email issues when you get a chance shoot me an email to my addy;)

    have a great weekend!


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