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Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world. Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world. Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends, and all manner of conundrums, Molly manages to outwit them all with a potent combination of nerve, trickery, and plain luck. Also appearing in the stories are Molly's sisters Polly and Betts, the famous Appalachian hero Jack (Molly saves him a few times), and three cornbread-baking mice. These delightful and often surprising stories are sure to appeal to readers and listeners of all ages who enjoy an adventurous tale well told.


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Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world. Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends Combining traditional Appalachian folktale plots with a contemporary sensibility, writer and storyteller Anne Shelby creates fourteen lively, original stories of a funny, magical, yet familiar world. Many of the stories feature a girl named Molly Whuppie, who is clever, brave, and strong. Encountering witches, giants, an ogre who refuses to do housework, unwanted boyfriends, and all manner of conundrums, Molly manages to outwit them all with a potent combination of nerve, trickery, and plain luck. Also appearing in the stories are Molly's sisters Polly and Betts, the famous Appalachian hero Jack (Molly saves him a few times), and three cornbread-baking mice. These delightful and often surprising stories are sure to appeal to readers and listeners of all ages who enjoy an adventurous tale well told.

35 review for The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Good author's note explains how these Appalachian tales may be rooted in the European traditions, especially in the Jack tales. Shelby's retellings are clever, and the dialect would be fun to read aloud. The pictures are a hoot, too. I can't say as I loved the stories, but the book was a nice change of pace. So, 3.5 stars rounded up. Good author's note explains how these Appalachian tales may be rooted in the European traditions, especially in the Jack tales. Shelby's retellings are clever, and the dialect would be fun to read aloud. The pictures are a hoot, too. I can't say as I loved the stories, but the book was a nice change of pace. So, 3.5 stars rounded up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Durant

    Jack takes 2nd fiddle to Molly, who is the central protagonist of these folktales. Molly is clever and wise and gets out of her own scrapes, as well as helping everyone else out of theirs. These are great stories in general, but particularly for readers looking for strong female characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Fischman

    In the story "Molly the Giant Slayer," Molly wins a reward from the Queen, and she and her family get to stay in the palace. The Whuppies stood it as long as they could. Then one morning before daylight they left the Queen a note, slipped out the back to their little old wagon, and headed home to Hoot Owl Holler. And that is what author Anne Shelby has done in this book. She went out to the palace of folk tales, collected treasures from the storehouse of Jack tales and Molly stories and a few ot In the story "Molly the Giant Slayer," Molly wins a reward from the Queen, and she and her family get to stay in the palace. The Whuppies stood it as long as they could. Then one morning before daylight they left the Queen a note, slipped out the back to their little old wagon, and headed home to Hoot Owl Holler. And that is what author Anne Shelby has done in this book. She went out to the palace of folk tales, collected treasures from the storehouse of Jack tales and Molly stories and a few other sources, and brought them back home to her beloved Appalachia. Some of the stories are familiar, or they have elements that you've read before, but in Shelby's hands they've been cooked up as new dishes and shared with us with a generosity of spirit and a regional flavor all their own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Molly is a genu-ine heroine in this book, always rescuing somebody (often herself), full of kindness, and hilariously astute and clever. She's a role model for anyone, but I especially think girls. The stories mix big words (for an 8 year old reader) with little ones, along with grammar and slang that I assume is Appalachian. This is really fun to read, for kids and the grownups too. Molly is a genu-ine heroine in this book, always rescuing somebody (often herself), full of kindness, and hilariously astute and clever. She's a role model for anyone, but I especially think girls. The stories mix big words (for an 8 year old reader) with little ones, along with grammar and slang that I assume is Appalachian. This is really fun to read, for kids and the grownups too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Dietzen

    good example of a folklore that children may enjoy. pictures are appealing and children may find it interesting to read of the adventures.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

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  8. 5 out of 5

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    Keith

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    Ashley Garland

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    Kimberly Burnette

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandeis Hillel Day School

  31. 5 out of 5

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