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Molly is a lively, lovable schemer and dreamer growing up in 1944. Her stories describe her life on the home front during World War Two. Molly doesn't like many of the changes the war has brought, and she especially misses her father, who is away caring for wounded soldiers. But Molly learns the importance of getting along and pulling together -- just as her country has to Molly is a lively, lovable schemer and dreamer growing up in 1944. Her stories describe her life on the home front during World War Two. Molly doesn't like many of the changes the war has brought, and she especially misses her father, who is away caring for wounded soldiers. But Molly learns the importance of getting along and pulling together -- just as her country has to do to win the war Molly plans a secret project to win her school's Lend-a-Hand Contest. But the project tums out to be harder than Molly had thought.


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Molly is a lively, lovable schemer and dreamer growing up in 1944. Her stories describe her life on the home front during World War Two. Molly doesn't like many of the changes the war has brought, and she especially misses her father, who is away caring for wounded soldiers. But Molly learns the importance of getting along and pulling together -- just as her country has to Molly is a lively, lovable schemer and dreamer growing up in 1944. Her stories describe her life on the home front during World War Two. Molly doesn't like many of the changes the war has brought, and she especially misses her father, who is away caring for wounded soldiers. But Molly learns the importance of getting along and pulling together -- just as her country has to do to win the war Molly plans a secret project to win her school's Lend-a-Hand Contest. But the project tums out to be harder than Molly had thought.

30 review for Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    I love the character development that Molly goes through in this book. She sees a problem and wants to correct it, and believes that her idea is better and more practical. However, she doesn't have the courage to speak out. She tries to implement another idea on her own, but discovers that she needs the help of the group in order to make it a success. Finally, she gathers the courage to speak her mind in a kind way, and the results are that the group listens to her ideas and helps her with her o I love the character development that Molly goes through in this book. She sees a problem and wants to correct it, and believes that her idea is better and more practical. However, she doesn't have the courage to speak out. She tries to implement another idea on her own, but discovers that she needs the help of the group in order to make it a success. Finally, she gathers the courage to speak her mind in a kind way, and the results are that the group listens to her ideas and helps her with her other project too. I love that Molly is a problem solver! Her personality is so strong and smart! The writing style in this book is just perfect, and we can really follow Molly's journey and feel each scene with her. I love the historical information at the back of the book that talks about how civilians would assist in the war effort during the 1940s. It's wonderful to see such a vivid glimpse of how people lived back then.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kenna

    Just rereading for my favorite American girl! I loved Molly growing up, this was such a sweet throwback 📚

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    LOVE I T

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    THIS BOOK WAS ALSO VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hermione

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very quick read. Would have been nice to see if the boys accomplished their project. The "looking back" section at the end of the book is a great way to teach girls how it was back then. Very quick read. Would have been nice to see if the boys accomplished their project. The "looking back" section at the end of the book is a great way to teach girls how it was back then.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Asho

    Molly was my least-favorite American Girl when I was little, but after re-reading this book when S discovered American Girl books this summer, I don't know why. Molly is great! Molly was my least-favorite American Girl when I was little, but after re-reading this book when S discovered American Girl books this summer, I don't know why. Molly is great!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Young

    The 1980s clip art is the best thing about the Molly series. I also love how Val Tripp's understanding of child psychology is spot one already. I remembered a lot of both of these Molly books, which is fun but surprising because I am so not a Molly! The 1980s clip art is the best thing about the Molly series. I also love how Val Tripp's understanding of child psychology is spot one already. I remembered a lot of both of these Molly books, which is fun but surprising because I am so not a Molly!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This book is about what people were doing during World War II as far as trying to help the war effort from their schools. The various classes at Molly's schools are coming up with different methods to help, things like scrap metal drives and sewing things that soldiers can use. When the decision is made on what Molly's class will do, Molly disagrees and ends up trying to come up with a project of her own that she and two of her friends can do. They end up involved in the original project, though This book is about what people were doing during World War II as far as trying to help the war effort from their schools. The various classes at Molly's schools are coming up with different methods to help, things like scrap metal drives and sewing things that soldiers can use. When the decision is made on what Molly's class will do, Molly disagrees and ends up trying to come up with a project of her own that she and two of her friends can do. They end up involved in the original project, though, and end up changing that to something even better that all the girls end up having fun being involved in. There's the usual historical section and in this one it talks about the various scrap metal and other drives that were done. If you look at any high school yearbooks from the war years you will probably see things that the high school students did for the war effort.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    Another cute installment in the series, designed to teach kids the benefit of working together. I particularly liked this book when I was a kid because it was interesting to see how school was different for kids in the 40's, and because I found the discussion about war efforts fascinating, since we never had anything like that when I was growing up. This generation, on the other hand, has parents and siblings and other relatives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, so many young readers will no dou Another cute installment in the series, designed to teach kids the benefit of working together. I particularly liked this book when I was a kid because it was interesting to see how school was different for kids in the 40's, and because I found the discussion about war efforts fascinating, since we never had anything like that when I was growing up. This generation, on the other hand, has parents and siblings and other relatives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, so many young readers will no doubt be able to understand wanting to feel like you're doing something to help, which I think will make this a book they can easily relate to. I think most little girls will like it anyway, though, especially if they're into history.

  10. 4 out of 5

    lily:)

    This is definitely my least favorite of any ag book. I thought Molly was pretty ok, but her friends were whiny and they griped the entire time. She's obviously a 3rd wheel to them. And it seemed to go nowhere fast. ( the story) Maybe Molly just doesn't appeal to me like Rebecca, or Felicity do, but still! This is definitely my least favorite of any ag book. I thought Molly was pretty ok, but her friends were whiny and they griped the entire time. She's obviously a 3rd wheel to them. And it seemed to go nowhere fast. ( the story) Maybe Molly just doesn't appeal to me like Rebecca, or Felicity do, but still!

  11. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    A pretty cute book in the Molly series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This second installment in the Molly series proves to be a bit more interesting than the first. Though Molly still lacks an interesting or compelling personality, she at least grew as a character in this book. The history aspect of this book also improved from the past. Where the first book had a very shallow take on the time period and war, this book at least integrates the history a bit better, though it is not without it's shallow moments. Despite the improvement from the first book, this boo This second installment in the Molly series proves to be a bit more interesting than the first. Though Molly still lacks an interesting or compelling personality, she at least grew as a character in this book. The history aspect of this book also improved from the past. Where the first book had a very shallow take on the time period and war, this book at least integrates the history a bit better, though it is not without it's shallow moments. Despite the improvement from the first book, this book still lacks noticable depth compared to other books in the American Girl series, which leaves me feeling very disappointed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Bergeron

    When I was growing up my parents bought me all of the Samantha books. The ones that I really wanted were the Molly books. I'd borrow them from my friends or the library so I could read them. I remember them more than the Samantha books, even though I owned those. Anyways, I love them. And they really hold up better than I thought. When I was growing up my parents bought me all of the Samantha books. The ones that I really wanted were the Molly books. I'd borrow them from my friends or the library so I could read them. I remember them more than the Samantha books, even though I owned those. Anyways, I love them. And they really hold up better than I thought.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Found Molly's attitude/behavior in this very interesting - about the Lend-a-Hand project. Reminded me of my childhood self and some poor attitudes I had about joining in other kids' ideas! Great to see how Molly changed and helped lead the girls' group to win the project. Found Molly's attitude/behavior in this very interesting - about the Lend-a-Hand project. Reminded me of my childhood self and some poor attitudes I had about joining in other kids' ideas! Great to see how Molly changed and helped lead the girls' group to win the project.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emock

    I read this to my 6 year old. Although, she really enjoys these stories and I enjoy reading them to her, I'm disappointed that Molly is a little bit snotty to one of the other girls and that never really ends up being resolved. I read this to my 6 year old. Although, she really enjoys these stories and I enjoy reading them to her, I'm disappointed that Molly is a little bit snotty to one of the other girls and that never really ends up being resolved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn Stelmach

    I liked this one a lot better than the first. Molly wants to outshine one of her classmates but she has trouble doing what she set out to do. I appreciate the character development Molly went through throughout this story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Molly's stories are simple and realistic. I like them. Molly's stories are simple and realistic. I like them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Wonderful book for the American Girls series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Night time read (a chapter each night) with my 6 year old. Cute story with a good message. Simple and sweet.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Audio version.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I high rating for the sake of nostalgia. I still enjoyed the story, and how Molly always things she knows better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ScottPilgrimOTO

    This book is acción packed THE PLOT IS UNPREDICABLE

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I’m so glad I’m re-reading these books again after all these years!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    What I remembered about this book from childhood: 8x7=56 and socks are really hard to knit.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Moyes

    Molly is a bad friend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This book has themes of playing school, geography, multiplication, hair braiding, bread with raisins, knitting, a clubhouse, secret club and making a blanket.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sally MacKenzie

    I remembered every illustration in this book! Strongly identify with Molly’s math anxiety, even after all these years.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Another fun Molly book, filled with childhood nostalgia. Molly's misadventures always makes me laugh in a similar way to Anne Shirley. I love her constant daydreaming and big imagination. Another fun Molly book, filled with childhood nostalgia. Molly's misadventures always makes me laugh in a similar way to Anne Shirley. I love her constant daydreaming and big imagination.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shasta Bos

    I liked the lesson that Molly learned but honestly, Molly kind of bugs me. Haha. And even though she learned a lesson in the end, she still got her way, which also bugs me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Izzy J

    my favorite charocter is allison becaue she was smart sweet and was very understanding. what surprised me the most was molly turning her direction and being more kind.NO!!!! I would not change the ending because,...because,...IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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