MOLLY'S MAGIC Problem Solving Children's Picture Book by Penelope Colville Paine
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“ ‘I can’t believe we’re so busy,’ Mrs. O’Malley said. ‘It’s like magic!’
‘Such a clever sign!’ said a visitor. ‘Why, that pig of yours is irresistible! I had to come and see your farm, and I’m glad I did. This tea is delicious!’
‘Pig?’ said Mrs. O’Malley, looking towards the sty. ‘What pig?’”

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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6

This version of MOLLY'S MAGIC includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.

If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on MOLLY'S MAGIC in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader - ages 6-9.

Happy reading in either Version.


Whisk away to the Emerald Isle for a lesson in creative thinking.

Molly is a clever pig. She can dance an Irish jig, balance a tin plate on her head, and catch a ball in midair.

But can Molly help rescue the O'Malley farm from its financial woes? That, thinks young Miles O'Malley, would take the talents of a magician.

Molly is no magician, but her great ideas for solving problems work like magic! This is the story of how Molly conjures carloads of tourists and sends them flocking to the rescue of the O'Malley family and their Seaside Tea Garden.

British-born author Penelope Paine has written this tale of creative thinking with humor and warmth. And Molly's story is wondrously illustrated by Itoko Maeno, who has created meticulously detailed glimpses into the rural life of western Ireland-from the cozy O'Malley kitchen to the rugged countryside of County Mayo.

This story of a problem-solving pig teaches us all that adversity may sometimes be overcome with a special kind of "magic."

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about daily life in rural Ireland. There are colorful thumbnail sketches of the Irish Tin Whistle, Symbols of Ireland, Peat Fires, Sheep and Cattle, Tea Times, Soda Bread (including a recipe!) Pigs and Collies and Visitors! This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...using ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems. So even though on the surface, this is just an enaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.


If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.

Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent

About Penelope Colville Paine

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Published September 26, 2010 by JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC Self-Esteem and Self Respect Publications-MarshMedia. 30 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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