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Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

Spring 2007 DVD
Ages: 8 & Up
Producer: American Girl
DVD Price: $19.95
Review:
Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front tells the story of ten-year-old Molly, a girl in 1943 America, faced with the challenges and sacrifices of living in wartime. Her father must leave to serve overseas; her mother takes a job; she hears of the deaths of friends and family members of some of the women in her life. Meanwhile, her family has taken in Emily a refugee from England, and she and Molly must cope with their differences while learning to be sensitive to the pain and fear in each other's life. But there is excitement, as well—Molly is eager to be Miss Victory, the star of the tap-dance performance at Christmas.

Although painted with a broad brush of nostalgia this DVD tries to make real the difficulties of World War II on the home front and to teach girls to be sensitive to the hardships of others. Selflessness is an important virtue at all times, but even more so when rations are short and loved ones are at risk. Our viewing of it generated numerous questions that led to lively discussions about the era. The writing and acting were at times disappointing, but this did not seem to detract from the children's enjoyment of the movie.

The DVD extras include a tap dance instruction segment and a tap dance practice session to allow viewers to learn Molly's tap routine. There are two previews for other American Girl videos, and in a PC the DVD links to the Warner Bros. and American Girl websites.

Emily Crawford   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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