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Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly's class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were "lost"? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn't always a party. "A true love story, this third installment Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly's class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were "lost"? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn't always a party. "A true love story, this third installment in the Molly McBride series teaches children about charity. Schoonover-Egolf examines the issue of school bullying through a unique lens: 'loving thy enemy,' according to the Gospel of St. Matthew.


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Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly's class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were "lost"? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn't always a party. "A true love story, this third installment Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly's class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were "lost"? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn't always a party. "A true love story, this third installment in the Molly McBride series teaches children about charity. Schoonover-Egolf examines the issue of school bullying through a unique lens: 'loving thy enemy,' according to the Gospel of St. Matthew.

16 review for Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Molly McBride and the Party Invitation is beautifully bright, relatable, and includes a salient message about the virtue of charity. I've read oodles and oodles of picture books to my children and currently have two still firmly in the picture book stage. So, why did I struggle to review this book? Because my 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl didn't seem to enjoy the book as much as I did. They paid attention as I read, studying the pictures and understanding the text, but when I asked them if t Molly McBride and the Party Invitation is beautifully bright, relatable, and includes a salient message about the virtue of charity. I've read oodles and oodles of picture books to my children and currently have two still firmly in the picture book stage. So, why did I struggle to review this book? Because my 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl didn't seem to enjoy the book as much as I did. They paid attention as I read, studying the pictures and understanding the text, but when I asked them if they liked it, they were underwhelmed. The reason why confirms that this is an important book to read and discuss with children - at least mine. Because they weren't turned off my the illustrations. Or the story. They were challenged by the message. Not Jean Schoonover-Egolf's message. Jesus's message. The reason for the book's less than enthusiastic reception wasn't because of the book per se, it was because what God calls us to - what he's calling little Molly and Dominic to in the story - is not easy. My kids' gut reaction is that they wouldn't want to invite a not-so-nice kid to their party. It's uncomfortable. It may be unpleasant. It may not end happily. And that's why your kids, like mine (like me, if I'm honest), should read this Molly McBride book and talk about it. Because they're called to do more than what's comfortable or easy. And maybe Molly McBride can help them understand why and how.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Davis

    Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity, by Jean Schoonover-Egolf, is the third in a series about a precocious five year old girl named Molly and her best friend Dominic. In this book, Molly's mom said she had to invite her whole class to her upcoming 6th birthday party, but Molly and Dominic agreed that Sam, the mean boy, should not be invited. Molly and her friend Dominic learn a valuable lesson about being charitable (nice) to all, even if you don't think y Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity, by Jean Schoonover-Egolf, is the third in a series about a precocious five year old girl named Molly and her best friend Dominic. In this book, Molly's mom said she had to invite her whole class to her upcoming 6th birthday party, but Molly and Dominic agreed that Sam, the mean boy, should not be invited. Molly and her friend Dominic learn a valuable lesson about being charitable (nice) to all, even if you don't think you like them. It's a hard lesson at almost six, especially when you don't want your birthday party ruined by a mean boy. You see, they decided to "lose" Sam's invitation. Neither of them felt great about it, as they knew they were wrong. However, when Molly and Dominic's families were volunteering at the local Convent, a Father Matt tells them stories about Jesus and how he was always kind to people no one else liked. He chose Peter as one of His Apostles, and drank after the Samaritan woman, sick people, and other outcasts. When Molly heard those stories, she knew she had to tell her mother the truth about Sam's invitation. In the end, her family took Sam his "lost" invitation and Sam came to her party. "Never judge a book by it's cover", my Grandma Wren used to say. She was an English and History Teacher, and one of the best people I've ever known. I couldn't help but think of her when I read this sweet book. She would have loved it! This is a must have for any family teaching the Virtues to their children. A book that we can all learn from. Well done Ms. Egolf - WELL DONE!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Pillars

    Even though this newly-released book by Jeanie Egolf was written for children, it sends a message to all of us. If we are honest, we can all identify with the thought process illustrated in the fictional character, Molly McBride. She doesn't like an individual and the idea of inviting him to her birthday party makes her cringe. She "conveniently" loses his invitation. Jeanie Egolf writes the story in a way that a young child can identify with Molly's feelings. Loving adults in her life help her Even though this newly-released book by Jeanie Egolf was written for children, it sends a message to all of us. If we are honest, we can all identify with the thought process illustrated in the fictional character, Molly McBride. She doesn't like an individual and the idea of inviting him to her birthday party makes her cringe. She "conveniently" loses his invitation. Jeanie Egolf writes the story in a way that a young child can identify with Molly's feelings. Loving adults in her life help her understand the reasons to include the undesirable with an invitation. It's explained in such a way that leaves Molly with a resolve to do the right thing. Molly wants to grow up to be a nun, so her role models in this story are religious - a priest and a sister. It puts both vocations in a favorable light for the young reader. They are portrayed as people who can help guide, not someone scary. The illustrations that accompany this story are well done and engaging. Jeanie did a wonderful job of presenting virtue in a sweet story in a way a child can understand, plus help the adult who reads it with them to reexamine their own attitude. Share this book with a child in your life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rodgers

    I was delighted to discover “Molly McBride and the Party Invitation.” It’s easy for children to relate to Molly and her friend Dominic. Molly struggles with whether to invite an unkind classmate to her birthday party. Through the course of the story, she learns the meaning of the virtue of charity. The illustrations in this book are fantastic. They pull you directly into the action. It would be easy for a child reading the story to feel like he or she was right there with Molly. This book would I was delighted to discover “Molly McBride and the Party Invitation.” It’s easy for children to relate to Molly and her friend Dominic. Molly struggles with whether to invite an unkind classmate to her birthday party. Through the course of the story, she learns the meaning of the virtue of charity. The illustrations in this book are fantastic. They pull you directly into the action. It would be easy for a child reading the story to feel like he or she was right there with Molly. This book would make a nice gift for a child, but it could also be used as a learning tool during CCD classes and religion classes to spark discussions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Linden

    Jean Schoonover-Egolf has captured the excitement and struggles of young children in the pages of this sweet story! "Molly McBride and the Party Invitation" brings Jesus’s lesson of loving one’s enemy to life through the eyes of soon-to-be six-year-old Molly. I love how themes from the Gospel are shown through this story and how the children, especially Molly, take these themes to heart. This is a wonderful story for children about finding happiness in doing the right thing and true charity when Jean Schoonover-Egolf has captured the excitement and struggles of young children in the pages of this sweet story! "Molly McBride and the Party Invitation" brings Jesus’s lesson of loving one’s enemy to life through the eyes of soon-to-be six-year-old Molly. I love how themes from the Gospel are shown through this story and how the children, especially Molly, take these themes to heart. This is a wonderful story for children about finding happiness in doing the right thing and true charity when faced with unkind people. And the illustrations on every page are amazing!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leslea Wahl

    I adore the Molly McBride books. They are such wonderful stories to read with your children that also provided a fantastic tool to help teach Christian values. The author does a beautiful job of including important messages among the fun characters and lovely illustrations - which, by the way, add another interesting layer to the story. This particular Molly McBride adventure centers around a message that even adults have a difficult time embracing - loving your enemy. This sweet book might be f I adore the Molly McBride books. They are such wonderful stories to read with your children that also provided a fantastic tool to help teach Christian values. The author does a beautiful job of including important messages among the fun characters and lovely illustrations - which, by the way, add another interesting layer to the story. This particular Molly McBride adventure centers around a message that even adults have a difficult time embracing - loving your enemy. This sweet book might be for little ones but the message is one we can all learn from.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ullo

    I read all three "Molly" books at the same time. It's a fun, sweet series filled with virtue and simple lessons about the Catholic faith to inspire young readers. Jean Egolf is equally talented at writing and illustration. Good books for parents/ grandparents to share with their children to spark conversations about vocations, sacraments, attending school, bullies, and more. I read all three "Molly" books at the same time. It's a fun, sweet series filled with virtue and simple lessons about the Catholic faith to inspire young readers. Jean Egolf is equally talented at writing and illustration. Good books for parents/ grandparents to share with their children to spark conversations about vocations, sacraments, attending school, bullies, and more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abril Deschamps-Whittington

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tea & Elsie

  14. 4 out of 5

    April

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Frohn

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie

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