From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 Molly Mouse has writer's block. She loves words, but none seem to come. She and her friends are trying to come up with the perfect gift for Turtle's birthday. Rabbit, Goose, Frog, and Pig all decide to draw a picture for him, and they all go off to where they do their best thinking. Molly sits on the porch, thinking. When each one returns with a picture of a tree, Molly comes up with a great idea. Together they create a book about the seasons, complete with Molly's new poem. Children will love this sweet story of friendship in which very different individuals are genuine in their efforts to please one another and work out problems with smiles and cooperation. Gorbachev's familiar watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations fill the spreads with soft, gentle artwork and priceless animal expressions and body language. Pig wears a pink frock, Goose favors a yellow and gray striped shirt, and Mouse is charming in red. A great idea for one-on-one sharing or a read-aloud. Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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In this sequel to Molly Who Flew Away (2009), Molly Mouse's friends Rabbit, Goose, Frog, and Pig gather to think of a birthday gift for Turtle. When their first suggestion falls flat, they dream up another one. Molly gives this idea a twist that enables them to create a special gift that Turtle loves. Written and illustrated with verve and affection, this entry in the Molly series features a sympathetic protagonist who's blunt when her friends' idea is lame but quick to show them how to make it better. A fitting tribute to the art of story-telling. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan