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"One of Gill Pittar’s missions is to help promote acceptance of diversity through her characters Milly and Molly. Pittar opens each book with the quote, “We may look different but we feel the same,” and a portion of the proceeds from her books go to an organization that teaches literacy and acceptance of differences. These feel-good books teach life lessons about friendship, love, and racism. In Milly, Molly and the Ferryman, two men learn that although their skin color is different, they are very similar. Milly, Molly and Beaky follows Beaky, a duck, from the time she’s just an egg up to the point where she lays her own eggs. Milly and Molly learn the life skill / value of patience as they wait for the eggs to hatch. In Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride, the girls ride their bikes to Grandma’s house and learn about being punctual. The importance of good nutrition and caring for plants is discussed in Milly, Molly and the Runaway Bean, and friendship and generosity is shown when Milly, Molly, and their friends gather for a picnic in Milly, Molly and the Picnic. Lastly, when their goldfish dies, Milly and Molly learn about the importance of telling special people that you love them in Milly, Molly and I Love You. These books would be an excellent addition to any school or public library, as they are great starting points for discussing values and character education. 


Jolene Gutierrez,
Denver Academy Librarian
Colorado Association of Libraries
Book Reviews Supplement
(USA)

"We may look different but we feel the same," is the theme for this book and the whole Milly and Molly series. Two friends, two girls, two different images... one light skinned, the other dark skinned, find that while they may look different from one another, they are alike in many ways and they feel the same inside, where it really counts. In Milly, Molly and Taffy Bogle, the girls offer to help old Mr. Limpy by walking his dog. He tells them that Taffy Bogle needs to be home in time for his dinner, and he warns them that Taffy Bogle cannot swim. The girls set out on their walk and enjoy the responsibility of taking care of a pet, until Taffy Bogle takes off after a cat and ends up falling into a river. The dog holds a stick in his mouth that helps him keep afloat, but the girls can't get him out of the river. They ask several people to help... a fisherman, some swimmers and a couple of children in a rowboat. No one is able to reach Taffy Bogle until finally a rescue worker saves the day. After such an adventure, Taffy Bogle is very tired, but the girls still manage to get him home in time for dinner. Milly and Molly learn about responsibility and making good decisions in this book. It is a fast paced, exciting story for children aged 4 to 8. Readers will relate to the playfulness of Taffy Bogle and the worry of Milly and Molly. The Milly, Molly series of picture books is a delightful collection of stories that children will relate to and adore. The characters are lively, colorful children who are full of happiness and values. Each book promotes different values within the story and each book promotes accepting and appreciating diversity. This series is a wonderful example of the positive impact books can have on children. The books will be a welcome addition to any home library and can be used in teaching the important values that all children today should possess.

Heather Froeschl,
Book Ideas.com
(USA)

"We may look different, but we feel the same." This message opens each Milly, Molly book. It's simple and timeless, as are the lessons in this book series for kids. The books are based on the experiences of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds who are the best of friends. Joining them is a cast of characters with varying appearances, backgrounds and families. Written for children up to age eight, the books promote tolerance, diversity and understanding. On each adventure, Milly and Molly deal with everyday issues, such as respect for others, honesty, cooperation, bullying and more. Distributed in 103 countries and translated into 21 languages, part of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to The Friends of Milly, Molly Inc., a charity promoting the acceptance of diversity and the learning of life skills with literacy. Kids will enjoy the colourful illustrations and clever writing, while teachers will appreciate each book's important moral message. The books are available in hard and soft cover and range in price. A soft cover/stapled book that includes a teaching guide costs $8.95.

Laurel Rhind
TEACH Magazine, Toronto, Canada


“On a wet cold morning, Miss Blythe's class is warming up when suddenly young Sophie arrives, wet with rain and tears. She blurts out to the class, "Dad packed his suitcase and left home." Miss Blythe soothes the girl and suggests to the class that they talk about their dads. As the children take turns describing their fathers, we see that fathers take all shapes and sizes. Elizabeth has two dads, Harry's dad is in the army, Meg's dad is blind and George has Uncle Stan instead of a dad. Sophie contributes that her dad is deaf. Their teacher tells them, "All dads and families are different. That's just the way it is." Informative without being didactic, this short picture book certainly serves the purpose for which it was written. With the differences in family structure evident in today's classroom, literature needs to reflect the lives children currently live. Books like this show acceptance of different kinds of families and help children to feel that they are not so different from their peers. This is a short, sweet book that gets its point across without beating the reader over the head with it. Morrell's illustrations are bright, sweet and very appealing.
2002, Milly Molly Books, Ages 4 to 8.


Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver,
Barnes & Noble


“Cris Morrell’s enchantingly simple color illustrations add a warm and friendly touch to the “Milly Molly” series by Gill Pittar. Every single volume in this charming and thoroughly enjoyable set is intended for children 4-8 years old, and follows the adventures of Milly and Molly, two young girls (one white and one a person of color), who “may look different but feel the same”. Specifically written to promote kindness, diversity, and solid morals, these enchanting stories... are excellent storytime reading and very highly recommended for family, school, and community library collections.”

Midwest Book Review (USA),
March 2004


“The titles in Gill Pittar's popular Milly, Molly® series of children's books have already been published in 80 countries and in 22 languages. With their central message of 'We may look different but we feel the same', the Milly, Molly books promote the acceptance of diversity as they follow a group of young multicultural friends through a variety of adventures and experiences. Written for children aged 3-7 years, the simple stories - accompanied by cheerful illustrations - are enjoyable as well as educational, with important life values woven implicitly into each plot.”

Margaret Eaton
Assistant Editor,
Child Education (UK)


“Milly, Molly and Betelgeuse promotes building self esteem in others in a very simple way. The girls want to help their friend to feel good about himself. Meanwhile, they are the best of friends themselves, promoting acceptance of diversity. It is a touching, heart-warming story that will be cherished by readers aged 4 to 8. The Milly, Molly series of picture books is a delightful collection of stories that children will relate to and adore. The characters are lively, colorful children who are full of happiness and values. Each book promotes different values within the story and each book promotes accepting and appreciating diversity. This series is a wonderful example of the positive impact books can have on children. The books will be a welcome addition to any home library and can be used in teaching the important values that all children today should possess.”

Heather Froeschl,
Book Ideas.com
(USA)


Fiction, Book Evaluation Form
Title: Milly Molly & the Sunhat
Summary: Milly and Molly's search for the owner of a sunhat takes them on an interesting trip from one end of the beach to the other. Using deductive reasoning they find the owner.
Evaluation: This is a very interesting series of books from New Zealand. Milly and Molly and their multi-cultural friends are teaching life skills that are valued world-side. Each book is simply written but manages to achieve its goal.
Recommendation: RecommendedEvaluator: P. Porter


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