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Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First…

by Dianne Ochiltree

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I like this book a lot and the reason why I like it because I have never heard of Molly Williams. Molly Williams was the first female firefighter. Not only was she the first firefighter, but she was also African American. I would read this book for Black History Month or even to a group of girls to show that women can do a man's job. This was a really good read. ( )
  KayMilshell21 | Nov 15, 2017 |
Molly was a black woman who cooked for the firemen of New York City. When the town was stricken with Influenza and many of the firemen were out sick, Molly showed her strength by helping put out a house on fire. It took Molly and many of the volunteer firemen to put this fire out and Molly did not quit. She became the first female firefighter in history. The theme of the story is that women are just as brave and strong as men. ( )
  tanafernandez | Mar 1, 2016 |
Response - The book does a great job telling the legend of Molly. The reader senses her willingness to serve and to help.

Curricular connections - read aloud; unit on American history and citizenship
  jegammon | Mar 16, 2015 |
The fourth star is for the excellent five pages of back matter: An author's note that explains how she embellished the historical record for this particular book; "Frequently Asked Questions" (a great way to address particular points raised by the text); further grade-level books to read; websites; a pointer to how to find fire museums to visit in person; a bibliography; PLUS an acknowledgements that includes the subject matter experts consulted by the author.

Writers and editors, why aren't we doing this for every non-fiction picture book?


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  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
This is a beautiful book about the first woman firefighter in the 1800's. She cooked for the firefighter's and when there was an alarm, she ran through the town alerting the community. This shows that women can do the same jobs as men. The illustrations were warm and told the story alone, but the text filled in the language usage for that time period. I would use this in history and when talking about different professions. ( )
  epalaz | Apr 24, 2013 |
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Introduces the first known female firefighter, Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who one winter day in 1818 with many volunteers sick with influenza jumped into action to stop a house fire.

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