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Welcome to Molly's World,1944: Growing Up in World War Two America (American Girls Collection) [Hardcover]

By Catherine Gourley (Author) & Camela Decaire (Author)
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Welcome to Molly's World,1944: Growing Up in World War Two America (American Girls Collection) by Catherine Gourley

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Studio: American Girl
Pages   58
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.98" Width: 10.52" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1999
Publisher   American Girl
ISBN  1562477730  
ISBN13  9781562477738  

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More About Catherine Gourley & Camela Decaire

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Catherine Gourley is an award-winning author and editor of books for children and young adults. Many of her nonfiction books explore the media and popular culture, including women issues. At present, she is the project director for Letters About Literature, a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is the principal curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, a visual literacy educational outreach program of the The Film Foundation, Los Angeles. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Catherine Gourley currently resides in Bear Creek, in the state of Pennsylvania. Catherine Gourley was born in 1950.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Europe
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > 1900s
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Science > Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
6Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Molly

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WWII overload!  Dec 31, 2006
Molly is my favorite character in the American Girls Series, however I was a bit disappointed in the non-fiction addition to the series. Welcome to Molly's World has a wonderful layout, and I did learn a bit from people living in the 1940's, however the book is very heavy on WWII...maybe a little too much. Although the 1940's were influenced by WWII, that is not all that is indictative of the decade. Therefore, I give this book about 3 stars, because I think the book had WWII overload and not much else.
Really Good  Mar 29, 2006
This book does a good job of recreating life, the hardships, deprivations and overall changes required of society on the American homefront during the years of the Second World War. It also shows the lives lived by Red Cross Volunteers, troops as they were transported overseas, nurses, WAV's and WAC's, factory laborers and children. It uses great illustrations and descriptions to personalize the age and show what our forebears endured. I especially liked the effort invested by the author(s) in pointing out how virtually everyone contributed something toward winning the war. This book leaves few stones unturned and I think a brilliant job is done in demonstrating a 360-degree view of what life during this time of struggle was like for millions of Americans.
Classroom Helper  Oct 17, 2004
This is a great book to use in the classroom while teaching children about WWII. The children learned much more from this book than their text book. It shows how children and adults lived during the war. There is a lot of useful information to get the childrens attention for future lessons. I recommend that all children read this book if they are studying WWII. It's not really a story just a lot of information about clothes, toys, sports, food, etc....
It is by far the best resource I have found.
An icon-filled bridge to a time that was.  Jul 25, 2001
Culled from the diaries, letters, advertisements, newsreels & newspapers of those years, you will read what it was like growing up in the 1940s in a world at war & what the family & the nation did to ensure there was enough to eat & enough to fight with.

I was a little girl "over there" during these years, so I picked up this bright history book with a certain degree of remembrances of things past.

This is an interesting way of looking at history - from a girl's point of view of how a world war affected her childhood. While Molly is a fictional character, there are enough women still alive who can attest to the veracity of Molly's experiences because the places & the times of her story are real.

One glaring omission is any reference to the daughters of Japanese-American families incarcerated in camps in the wilds of the American West for the duration.

Molly's World of 1944 is filled with nostalgic icons & while it contains magazine-like sidebars, photos & articles on everything from clothes to factory work to dogs to changing from war time to peace, it is couched in bland, politically correct language.

Notwithstanding the squeaky-cleanliness & disturbingly superficial information, this is a worthy bridge to a time that was. A way to connect today's girls with their grandmothers' girlhood.

Welcome to Molly's World - 1944  Jun 3, 2000
This book is simply a marvel.It talks about how life was in 1944 using first hand sources, like real snapshots, posters, helmets. It's the must have book for any girl studying WW2 and, of course, for any Molly's fan. I would recommend it for girls age 10 and above, but even a younger child might appreciate it with the help of a parent, or, better, of a grandmother that can add information on how her life was in those days.

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