Molly and the Dolphins
Molly spends all summer on The Mermaid, her beloved dinghy that her father gifted her. At sea, she finds peace and happiness, and even befriends a local pod of dolphins. But as summer comes to an end and the weather begins to turn, Molly is swept further from home than she has ever been before. In order to get back to her island, Molly will have to learn to trust herself and to rely on a few new friends.
The latest collaboration between Doyle and Whitson is a wonderful addition to the Molly series. At the core of this story is a positive message about growing up and maturing. Molly is now a bit older, and is beginning to exercise her independence, spending time away from her family. Molly shows kids that it is important to become your own person, that sometimes being on your own is scary, and that friends and family are always nearby to help when things start to spiral out of control.
Doyle’s prose is simple but intentional, wasting no words. Whitson’s art is an absolute highlight and will no doubt delight both children and adults. Each page is brimming with life, showing dolphins sailing through the air and sunlight settling on the waves. Throughout the story there is also an emphasis on the importance of nature, mostly how it can heal us and how we can impact the world around us, for better or for worse.
This picture book is perfect for children taking their first steps in growing up, and lovers of the wild.