Molly, by Golly! by Dianne Ochiltree
The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter

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This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.


About Dianne Ochiltree

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Dianne Ochiltree grew up in a family that loved nature, animals, and books. She teaches writing in schools and has written several mathematical-orientated picture books. Take a look at her great-for-kids-parents-teachers-and-retailers website at The author lives in Dingman's Ferry, PA and Sarasota, FL.

Author Residence: Dingman's Ferry, PA and Sarasota, FL Betsy Snyder has written and illustrated numerous charming children's books, including several for Random House Children's Books and the Begin Smart line. She has also illustrated and developed products such as greeting cards, giftwrap, board games, stickers, puzzles, scrapbook kits, and much more.Illustrator Residence: Independence, Ohio
Published September 1, 2012 by Calkins Creek. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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A heavy snowstorm and a wave of influenza laid many of the volunteers low, so Molly took herself out of the kitchen and alerted runners—the boys who spread the alarm—and then put on a leather helmet and gloves and worked beside the men pumping water from the river, passing buckets of water hand t...

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Ochiltree and Kemly share the little-known story of Molly Williams, an African-American woman who, in the early 1800s, went from cooking for New York City's volunteer firefighters to battling blazes alongside them as the first female firefighter.

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City Book Review

Mr. Aymer was sick in bed, so Molly ran through the streets, helping to get the message out that fire was burning and the volunteers needed to come and put out the fire.

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Youth Services Book Review

Most libraries seem to have placed it in picture books which is an okay choice for easy availability but biographies or books on firefighters would also work well.

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