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Meet Molly, An American Girl: 1944 - Book One (American Girls: Molly #1)

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Meet Molly, An American Girl: 1944 - Book One (American Girls Collection)
Paperback, 69 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by American Girl (first published August 1st 1986)
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Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: little girls, and grown-up girls who read it when they were young
I used to love these books when I was a kid. Felicity was my particular favorite, though, with Molly ranking somewhere behind Samantha and Addy, and possibly also behind Kirsten. Sorry, Molly. But at any rate, I think I can safely point to the American Girls series as being the catalyst for my lifelong love of historical fiction, and this is book especially stands out in my mind. It's a cute story, with an Obvious Message, though not so Anvilicious as to turn off the target audience, I don't thi ...more
We didn't even talk about this one on the podcast and I re-read it just cuz. OH MOLLY your life is very chill compared to Addy's but I still love you.
So I starting this book once upon a time because I thought the girl had my name, I was maybe 7 at the time so you'll have to forgive me. Finally finished this many years later and it wasn't as boring as I thought it was. It's very nice and simple. Molly is a normal girl growing up in the middle of WWII, her father is away and there is a mentioning of food rations. She doesn't like her brother and her older sister is acting like she's a grown up now (basic sibling stuff) while she can't figure ou ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maddie
Shelves: american-girl
It was really good! I liked the part when they went trick or treating!:)
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I don't really care for Halloween or Halloween stories. And I don't quite understand Molly. She's kind of mean. Allison just wants a friend, she's a lonely only child. But Molly treats her like she acts better than everyone when she doesn't much, Molly actually acts like she's better than everyone else at times. Trying to be Cinderella and make her friend be the "ugly.... Oops I mean stepsisters"
When Ricky and Molly started this whole prank war I thought the punishment was pretty fair that the
M.C. Crocker
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was not too long ago that I came upon some very sad news, American Girl Dolls get retired. I was shocked and saddened by this when I learned that great characters such as Felicity, Kirsten and Samantha have all been retired. Yet, saddest news of all is next up to be retired is Molly McIntire! Why is this the saddest news of all? Molly is my favorite American Girl from the entire collection! In a lot of ways I felt like I was Molly because she was the girl with stick straight brown hair that s ...more
Panda Incognito
I was a big American Girl fan when I was a little kid. I never owned any of the dolls, but enjoyed every series of chapter books and give them partial credit for my love of historical fiction. Not only were they well-written, engaging, and historically educational, but the books present balanced, healthy views of a myriad of topics. One of them is gender: I love how each girl had a different personality, circumstance, and set of interests.

The American Girls consist of no "ideal female" cookie-c
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child, I used to read the American Girl book series and I really enjoyed doing so.I believe that 4th/5th grade students will enjoy reading these types of books. As I reread this book, I noticed how Molly's story can be used as a connection to what American families went through during WWII. In Molly's story, we learn how her father is serving the country by being a doctor somewhere in Europe. We also learn what families used to do back home to help support their troops. For example, familie ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this series now with my daughter. Her grandmother, who was born in the late 1940s and is fascinated with all things WWII, gave her the set. It's a great way to introduce concepts of recent, global history and social science because Molly and her story are engaging and relatable to a 21st century girl. Looking forward to the other books!
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I'm not even gonna write a proper review. All I'm going to say is that, if not for this book, I wouldn't be a voracious reader.
This was the first novel I've read and I wanted to keep it so badly that I stole it from our school's library. Luckily, our librarian wasn't too keen on checking out missing books from the there. I know. I know. That was bad of me.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written so well. It's the first of the American Girl books that I have read and I was pretty impressed. It was meaningful and not superficial at all, as I somewhat expected (to be honest.) I look forward to reading more and hopefully sharing these with my daughter someday!
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just re-read this and wanted to see my old rating... At lest I didn't give it five.. Now if I where to re-rate it I would give this book a three or 2.5 but because I used to love it I won't change it today.. Just other girls books are SOOOO much better and better for young girls.
I'm revisiting my favorite American Girl stories.
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
I was volunteering at the library shelving books in the children's section and I decided to pick up the American Girl series on a whim again. I enjoyed reading the first three books in Kirsten's collection and wanted to explore the other decades. They didn't have the whole collection at once, so I just chose Meet Kit, Samantha, and the first two books for Felicity.

I read these books in elementary school and I loved them. I fully support giving girls a strong female influence and empowerment thro
Lexie Haarsma
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
This is easily my favorite book I have read so far in this class. This story is just very heartwarming and lovely. Molly McIntire is living in America during World War 2. It is autumn and Molly is very excited about Halloween. Her family must make sacrifices though because of the war. Mollys father is away at war. This is where we learn about the victory garden. Molly must eat turnips for dinner and she is upset about this. Wasting food was considered childish and "unpatriotic". This was a commo ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ag-books
It's a very simple story and book overall, but that's what makes it great. The events are realistic, and the history isn't forced. It's a very feel-good story.
Molly Lighthart
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just so sweet and my childhood! It's good they add the history of the story at the end as well! I don't care how old I am I still love these ❤
Abigail Williams
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia
Molly was always one of my favorites alongside Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, and Samantha.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a very good book about a nine year old girl who is growing up on the homefront in america during world war two and is one of many in a great series
Alex Baugh
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
Meet Molly is the first novel of the six Molly McIntire series books from American Girl. Molly is 9 year old and living on the American home front during World War II. Her father, Dr. McIntire, had joined the Army when war was declared and is stationed in England, where he is caring for wounded soldiers. Molly's mother is doing her bit working for the Red Cross. Molly has a sister Jill, 14, a brother Ricky, 12, and a brother Brad, 5. Molly's two best friends are Linda and Susan.

It is 1944 and th
Brittany Perry
Meet Molly by Tripp, V.


Meet Molly is book about a young girl named Molly McIntire living in 1944. World war two is going on and Molly’s father is on the front lines. He is overseas taking care of wounded soldiers. In America people are struggling to pay for the war so everyone needs to make sacrifices such as rationing sugar and canned goods. Molly must learn some things are difficult, like getting fabric to make clothes and a costume for Halloween.

Molly and her brother Ricky fight and
"Meet Molly" is a book in the "American Girl" popular series. In this series there are several girl characters, each with their own set of stories which are set in a different time period. Meet Molly is the first of Molly's books. It is about her and her family living in America during WWII. In this book, the effects that the war was having on the people at home are shown. I liked that it expressed the lack of items that most children wouldn't even think about having to go without because of war ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to get into several American Girl books, as we have quite the collection. I started a few that just didn't grab my attention, but Meet Molly pulled you in from the first paragraph. I really loved this book, it reminded me so much of the Ramona books that I use to read as a kid. She is mischievous, getting into trouble with her brother, and has a silly fun personality that is revealed to the readers through her actions and thoughts. This particular book takes place during WWII, ...more
Courtney Dyer
Meet Molly is the first slim-novel of Molly’s American Girl short story series. It is a quick and easy read dealing with life on the home front during the 1940s. C.F. Payne’s colorful illustration vignettes are perfect complements to the story.

Set during the times of World War II, Molly is experiencing a lot of change in her life due to the shortages caused by the war. From having to eat turnips and a lack of Halloween costume choices, Molly just can’t take it anymore and wages war on her brothe
Erin Feller
Personal Reaction
What little girl does't love playing with American Girl dolls? American girls are quite the sensation and people should be giving just as much attention to this book series. I loved this book because it gave a great emotional side to the historic events that were happening during world war II. Molly's father is serving as a war time doctor. Through this short chapter book, readers get an idea as to what it would have been like growing up in the time of WWII. Along with the grea
Rachel White
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
Meet Molly is one of the American Girl series stories. Molly is a young girl living in America with her family during WW2. Her father is off at the war front caring for wounded soldiers. Back at home there are many changes Molly is having to face herself. Because of all the funding going to the war, there are many things that Molly and her family and friends are having to live without like sugar, canned goods, extra cloth for clothes and Halloween costumes. Molly has to learn to work together to ...more
Shelby Morton
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
I remember reading these books when I was younger because they were one of the most popular series at the time. However, I do remember always skipping the small historical facts section at the back of each book because it didn't really connect to the characters in each story. However, now that I am going to be going into teaching, I can see how beneficial and inspiring these small sections of history can be. Just by having this short history lesson given to us in each book, it opens up the possi ...more
Holly Smith
In this book, "Meet Molly: An American Girl" we get a small glimpse of a young girl during World War Two. We learn a little about Molly and her family, where her mother works, her sister, two brothers, the maid, and her father who is off helping in the war. We see a glimpse of silly family antics and times that bring families together. The book has very realistic illustrations in the book that are fun and help to see more of Molly. This book also includes a short section of factual information a ...more
Tara Lynn
Although a HUGE fan of history, my personal interest is the cultural signficance and lifestyles of many different points in history. I draw less from stories of the battlefield than I do from the stories of coping on the homefront. The great thing about the American Girl series is that although each girl may be from a specific time period, their lives still relate in many ways to our own. It's great to draw the comparisons between a modern life of convenience and excess to the life lived by many ...more
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Meet Molly begins with Molly and her friends wanting to have some really great Halloween costumes this year, but she may not get to be Cinderella if they can't make the costumes. Everything is being saved for the war, and Molly and her family are constantly missing their day while he's away in the war right now.

But, Molly, her family and friends all get together to bring a little fun to their life during the Halloween season.

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Valerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.

She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for t
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