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Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside. Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside. Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally rich train journey imaginable.


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Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside. Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside. Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally rich train journey imaginable.

30 review for Molly and Mae

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Two young girls meet and befriend one another on a train journey in this lovely Australian picture-book, enjoying many fun games together before falling out. Is their friendship doomed to be short-lived? Or will Molly and Mae find a way to set things right...? Danny Parker's simple text in Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey, is expanded upon and beautifully complemented by illustrator Freya Blackwood's gorgeous watercolor artwork. It's no surprise that I was most struck by the illustrations here Two young girls meet and befriend one another on a train journey in this lovely Australian picture-book, enjoying many fun games together before falling out. Is their friendship doomed to be short-lived? Or will Molly and Mae find a way to set things right...? Danny Parker's simple text in Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey, is expanded upon and beautifully complemented by illustrator Freya Blackwood's gorgeous watercolor artwork. It's no surprise that I was most struck by the illustrations here, as Blackwood is one of my favorite picture-book artists, but the story itself is also very appealing, capturing the ups and downs of girlhood social interaction quite nicely. I particularly appreciated the way in which the artwork, which goes from colorful to gray during those scenes in which Molly and Mae are quarreling, mirrored and accentuated the changing emotional register of the story. Such interaction between text and image is the hallmark of an excellent picture-book! Recommended to anyone looking for new picture-books about friendship, as well as to fellow Freya Blackwood devotees.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros

    Trata el tema de la amistad y de cómo hay que olvidar los rencores y aprender a perdonar. Muy dulce

  3. 5 out of 5

    V.A. Trafton

    Creative way of starting a new friendship and adding the bumps that go along with it. Kids sometimes forget how hurtful words can be. Shows the importance of how to build a strong friendship because without friends the world is a lonely and dreary place.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is a book about two little girls how develop a friendship. They play throughout the book while they travel by train. These busy little girls make what could be a boring trip into an imaginative one through the innocence of their play. However they come to a point where they get frustrated with each other and decide not to play together. They quickly decide to fix the problem they had and make up with each other to continue the friendship. Great book to reinforce compromise in play.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    fantastic illustrations

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This book details what it's like to fight with a friend and how to make up. It has good concepts, but the metaphor of "building bridges" as a way to repair friendship be too abstract for younger readers. Would recommend for kids K-3. This book details what it's like to fight with a friend and how to make up. It has good concepts, but the metaphor of "building bridges" as a way to repair friendship be too abstract for younger readers. Would recommend for kids K-3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Munro's Kids

    A gently illustrated story about friendship. Over the course of a train journey, two little girls become friends, have a disagreement, and make up again. Very expressive illustrations, and an emotionally intelligent story. ~ Emilee

  8. 4 out of 5

    Oznasia

    I see from her biography that Freya Blackwood, the illustrator of this book, grew up in Orange, NSW. She has obviously experienced, as I have, the colonial railway stations and delightful rural settings that are enjoyed by travellers taking a train through the NSW countryside. I could enjoy this book just for the illustrations but should acknowledge that Danny Parker has also provided a great story that demonstrates an understanding of kids' relationships. I see from her biography that Freya Blackwood, the illustrator of this book, grew up in Orange, NSW. She has obviously experienced, as I have, the colonial railway stations and delightful rural settings that are enjoyed by travellers taking a train through the NSW countryside. I could enjoy this book just for the illustrations but should acknowledge that Danny Parker has also provided a great story that demonstrates an understanding of kids' relationships.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Okay, all, I may have a new favorite book about cooperation and conflict resolution: Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book, published in 2016 (first published in the United States in 2017), was a new-to-me book that I discovered when making our teamwork and cooperation booklist for our March Family Focus. While I generally try to check books out from the library or flip through them at our local bookstore in order to decide if I want to bu Okay, all, I may have a new favorite book about cooperation and conflict resolution: Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey by Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood. This book, published in 2016 (first published in the United States in 2017), was a new-to-me book that I discovered when making our teamwork and cooperation booklist for our March Family Focus. While I generally try to check books out from the library or flip through them at our local bookstore in order to decide if I want to buy it for our home library, I broke my own rule with this one. It looked so good online and wasn't available for me to see in person anywhere, so I bit the bullet and bought a copy... And I am so glad that we own this one! Read on to see what makes Molly and Mae such a delightful addition to our collection! Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Molly and Mae is a story of an unexpected friendship that experiences realistic conflict and heartfelt resolution that happens in relationships. Molly and Mae meet each other at a train station, waiting to board their train, and the two become fast friends. They wait together, play together, explore together, board the train together, sit together... Until, out of nowhere, their friendship takes a turn (as friendships can in real life). Molly thinks Mae is being silly, Mae thinks Molly is being bossy, and hurtful words are exchanged. This is real life! This is how friendships go with small children (or bigger children... or adults at times!). Moods hit, behaviors swing, fatigue hits hard, and conflict arises. It happens, and I love the matter-of-fact way that Parker brings it to life in Molly and Mae. But, what I love even more than Parker's realistic portrayal of this valley in the girls' friendship journey is how they resolve the conflict and Parker's language around how they do so. Rather than they "say sorry," Parker has Molly take "the words she shouldn't have said and hit them."  Rather than ask for forgiveness, she "took the words she should have said and started to build a bridge." What a beautiful way to teach children to resolve issues with friends, bumps in teamwork, trouble in cooperation. Friendships and relationships are indeed journeys. Journeys full of "hills and valleys, bends and straight runs, bridges and tunnels," just like Molly's and Mae's train ride, and just like their friendship. It takes intentional effort to make it around those bends and out of those valleys, but Molly and Mae provide children and adults with a terrific model for how to do so! And, Freya Blackwood's gorgeous illustrations deserve some attention too! I always love when a story officially starts with illustrations in the endpages, inital pages, and title pages, before the text of the story starts, and Blackwood has done just this in Molly and Mae. Be sure that you spend some time in these oft-looked-over pages, as they're integral to the story here, too. If you liked this, check out: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus Garcia and Colette Go Exploring by Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Andrew Joyner Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Tricia Tusa

  10. 4 out of 5

    HueL

    This a sweet and quiet book about friendship. Friendship,of two little girl, and how it evolves as the train was moving. The book is well-written, and the illustrations are superb. There are lots of metaphors used in the book, could be a little difficult for the very you d to enjoy, kids are 7, 8 or even older may understand those metaphors better. There are a few minor issues with this book as a story. The story itself is rather quiet, and perhaps, a little flat. The transition that or the firs This a sweet and quiet book about friendship. Friendship,of two little girl, and how it evolves as the train was moving. The book is well-written, and the illustrations are superb. There are lots of metaphors used in the book, could be a little difficult for the very you d to enjoy, kids are 7, 8 or even older may understand those metaphors better. There are a few minor issues with this book as a story. The story itself is rather quiet, and perhaps, a little flat. The transition that or the first peak time, when the two little girls saying rough things for each other, need some work I terms of the logic behind this transition. Readers are curious creatures, and a unclear transition, for a lot of readers, reduces the barrier for them to continue the reading. A logic cause of the transition, would also make the story itself much more real rather. Kids are pretty smart, even if they get angry , there is a reason behind the emotion. I would suggest the writer work more on this end. And it does not have to be a complicated cause, just one sentence would totally solve the problem. Secondly, the arrangement of illustrations and words in page one is a bit confusing. It would make much more sense to put the first sentence at the very top of this page. Besides those minor problem, I definitely loved this book. Every book by freya Blackwood is a feast to the eyes. They are nostalgia, timeless, simple and are effect narrative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey is a children's picture book written by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood. It is a quaint and charming story about Molly, Mae, and their friendship they formed at a train station. Parker's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It explores the friendship between two little girls and the vicissitudes of the short-term relationship. The narrative captures the innocence of friendship between two children – they are bests of friends within hou Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey is a children's picture book written by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood. It is a quaint and charming story about Molly, Mae, and their friendship they formed at a train station. Parker's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It explores the friendship between two little girls and the vicissitudes of the short-term relationship. The narrative captures the innocence of friendship between two children – they are bests of friends within hours of meeting and could hate each other just and back again within the same time span. Blackwood's illustrations are wonderfully drawn and depicted the narrative extremely rather well. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It chronicles the short-lived friendship between Molly and Mae as it is brilliantly allegorical by a train trip. It seems that their journey together on the train echoed their personal journey in their friendship. All in all, Molly and Mae: A Friendship Journey is a quaint, charming, and wonderfully book about a precious friendship between two girls.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    Really interesting parallel of a train journey (literal) with a friendship journey and a lot of wordplay inherent in the comparison. Captures the intensity of childhood emotions well and the illustrations are soft and dreamlike.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laine

    a train journey illustrates the ups and downs a child might experience in early friendships, how easy it is to miscommunicate and hurt each other, but also how easy it is to repair that damage with a few kind words.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arja-täti

    Aikuisten nostalgiakirja mutta kokeillaan miten toimii lapsille ja vähän isommillekin.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    Two young girls meet in a train station and over the course of a train ride they live a lifetime of friendship. preschool and up

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Lots of metaphors going on with this book. A journey on the train and a friendship journey. Loved the illustrations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Casandria

    A sweet tale of friendship and making up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lara Bate

    Molly and Mae is a story about two girls who meet each other on the train. They go through all the ups and downs in a friendship.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bkrieth

    A sweet story teaching the ups and downs of friendship. The soft illustrations remind me of Vegas’ drawings in Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer B.

    A sweet story about best friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma Herr

    I liked it because it had a separation and then back together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    "Friendship is like a train journey" "Friendship is like a train journey"

  23. 5 out of 5

    ReadingWench

    The ups and downs of friendship. This is a cute story and the illustrations are fantastic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A clever friendship story about two young girls who take a train ride, showing the similarities between the journey of their friendship and their journey by train. Lovely, expressive illustrations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    Lovely, classic illustrations in this tale about two friends on a long train ride across the country. Good story for train fans, and also for fans of friendship stories. Kids enjoyed it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Ah, friendship. Such a beautiful and complex thing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cai

    A tale of two friends who take a train ride and the similarities between the journey of friendship and a journey by train. I am loving books illustrated by Freya Blackwood at the moment. She seems to pair up with the best. This story was poignant and so adorable. I will be looking to buy this book. We borrowed this book from the local library. *V @ 1 year*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lusitarius

    Ihanan herkkä vertauskuvallinen teos ystävyydestä. Kuvitusvalinta on osunut aivan nappiin!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Beautiful tale about friendship.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olga Kilicci

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