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Happy Birthday, Molly: A Springtime Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Jeanne Thieme (Editor) & David Gaadt (Illustrator)
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When an English girl comes to stay at Molly's during World War II, she and Molly learn to bridge their differences and ultimately enjoy a wonderful, mutual birthday party

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Molly is excited to learn that an English girl is coming to stay at the McIntires'--just in time for Molly's birthday But Emily turns out to be different from the glamorous girl Molly pictured. Emily is shy and standoffish. Then Molly discovers she and Emily have some important things in common. The girls become fast friends and decide to celebrate Molly's birthday with an English tea party. But they can't agree on how to do it, and it takes a special birthday surprise to help them patch up their hurt feelings.

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Happy Birthday, Molly: A Springtime Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Jeanne Thieme & David Gaadt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • School Library Journal - 05/01/1988

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Molly  
Series Number  4  
ISBN  093729537X  
ISBN13  9780937295373  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp, Jeanne Thieme & David Gaadt

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl: Beforever

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Molly
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Probably my favorite Molly book!  Aug 25, 2003
This is another in the American Girls series about Molly McIntire, a ten-year-old girl living on the home front during World War 2. In this book, Molly is excited when she finds that a ten-year-old English girl is coming to live with them. However, when she arrives, instead of looking like a fairytale princess, the girl is quiet and highly reserved. While getting to know her, Emily learns how different England is from America, and how tragically harder the war has been for the English.

This is probably my favorite Molly book! It shows how traumatic World War 2 was for those who lived it, and yet tells the story in an uplifting and entertaining way. My twelve-year-old daughter is a big fan of Molly, and so am I. We both highly recommend this book to you!

An informative, heart warming read  Oct 25, 1999
With the possible acception of Molly's Suppries, this was my favorit book in the Molly Micantier sieries. Molly and her friends don't realy understand the true gravity of the war. Oh, they know that Fathers and husbands are away on distant battle feilds, that mothers are working in Home-Front Red Cross orgonizations and that certin foods are rationed. They feel the war, but they don't understand the true eviles of the fighting- the innocent European familys starving, and rushing under bomb shelters in there living rooms at the sound of a warning sigren, the soldgers storming a far away beach on D-Day. THese are the things they see on News Reels and in Life Magizien. They even make a game out of it all, by bulding a pretend bomb shelter in Molly's basment! When Emily, a British girl comes to stay with the Micintiers, she shows Molly what the war is realy like. She tells here about distruction left buy bombs in England, about being traped for days in subway cars, and about Bomb shelters that, arn't just a game. Emily brings with her plenty of forgien British terms and ideas- some of wich step on Molly's toes. In the end, thogh, the girls learn to put aside there difrances and dissageements, and enjoy there birthdays as inter-national friends. I thought this book was wonderful. If you are interested in WW2, or if you just enjoy a good read, I recomend this book.
I thought it was so cool!  Jul 10, 1999
I thought the book was so cool. How an eglish girl was there for Mollys birthday.I wish they could come out of more books with Emily in them.And I'm happy that they got there dogs that they wished for.
An awesome book!  Jan 31, 1999
An English girl is going to stay with the McItires! She's going to be there on Molly's birthday! One night while Molly and Emily get into a fight and Molly sayas that Emily can't come to her party. What'll she do?

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