Simon and Molly were the best of friends, just the two of them. Until Hester moved in. Hester doesn’t want to ride the two-wheeler, like they always do; she wants to make paper airplanes instead. And the toast Simon makes for her is too boring; she wants to add cinnamon sugar. Molly happily goes along with all of her changes, but Simon liked things the way they were beforeSimon and Molly were the best of friends, just the two of them. Until Hester moved in. Hester doesn’t want to ride the two-wheeler, like they always do; she wants to make paper airplanes instead. And the toast Simon makes for her is too boring; she wants to add cinnamon sugar. Molly happily goes along with all of her changes, but Simon liked things the way they were before Hester moved in. With Hester around, will Molly still want to be his friend? Lisa Jahn-Clough once again captures the complexities of friendship. She deftly explores the children’s feelings of insecurity and exclusion, revealing both the hidden motives behind their actions and the keys to their reconciliation. Readers will discover that with a little understanding and compromise, while two is definitely better than one, three can be even more fun!...
|Title||:||Simon and Molly Plus Hester|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Simon and Molly Plus Hester Reviews
I read this book to my kindergarten kids and was pleased with the observations they came up with. For example, they noticed the change in colors and its relationship with the characters' mood.It is a short story with an important message for young readers.
Simon and Molly played together everyday, from riding Simon’s big wheel to eating Molly’s favorite snack. Just the too of them, until the new neighbor Hester moved in and wanted to join in their fun. Molly was excited about the new friend but Simon did not want things to change. He felt that Molly had more fun with Hester than him until he finds that everyone can have fun together. This narrative can be used to show children how to be acceptable to new friends. They can have experience in taking everyone’s views and combining them so that everyone is playing together and happy. This can be done with having students create a class mural from everyone’s perspective. Jahn-Clough is known for her ability to convey these emotions in children and show them ways of overcoming their problems like Simon, Molly and Hester. This book is useful in the topic of friendship and diversity because Simon, Molly and Hester are all from different cultures with different ideas but still they came together and worked out their differences for the best. They found that being together is more fun than being alone. In my children’s book I want to show friends from different backgrounds coming together for fun because loneliness is not enjoyable, as Simon experienced.
This narrative is told about two friends, Simon and Molly, who play together every day, alone. When another young girl, Hester, moves in, Simon is jealous of the new relationship that Molly has built with Hester. As a teacher, I would use this book to show students that it is okay to have more than one best friend. I often see, in a classroom, children fighting about "he's my friend," or "she doesn't want to be my friend anymore." This book does a great job showing that it is okay to have multiple best friends. I appreciate Lisa Jahn-Clough, the author and illustrator, because she really captures the complexities of friendship, and also uses bright, child-like, pictures that students can relate to.
This was a cute story to read to pre-K and K students about friendship, emotions, and how friendships can change to include more people. I liked that Hester was skilled at making paper airplanes and that girls were friends with a boy.
Great to use in a kindergarten to teach making new friends.