The Adventures of Molly & Ollie

Moving Day (Mom's Choice Award Winner)

Children - Concept
38 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2021
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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

Let’s face the fact that moving is stressful. Of course, it is stressful for all of us, but this stress is often seen as sadness and fear, especially in children. Children fear the unknown. Sally Beale deals with the fear produced from moving in her book The Adventures of Molly and Ollie: Moving Day. Little Molly is sad to leave the life she knew behind as her family moves to their new home. Molly thinks about all that will be left behind—friends, school, yard, house, some family, etc. Then the fear of how she will survive without these people and things grips her. When she gets to the new home, she goes to her room. There she meets her first new friend, and he is a special friend indeed. Read this book to see how Molly goes from sad to glad. Help your children to see what they still have and will gain in any move you make.

Growing up, Sally Beale moved often. She takes her experiences and addresses the issue of moving in a way that will delight children. In The Adventures of Molly and Ollie: Moving Day, Sally expertly deals with young Molly’s fear and sadness on moving day. Children need to focus on the new life instead of what they have lost from the old life. Instead, they need to see what they still have and what they will gain. Sally tells a delightful story of Molly’s new friend and the magic that occurs when they meet. This book is highlighted by the beautiful drawings by Cheryl Crouthamel. She is exceptionally talented, and her illustrations match the story perfectly. This book will entertain children and the parents who share reading it with them.