Synopses & Reviews
This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.
andquot;Kemlyandrsquo;s snow-streaked illustrations show Molly as a woman of determination and strength, and a sense of both danger and heroism radiates from the story.andquot; --Publishers Weekly
and#160;andquot;Ochiltree and Kemly tell Molly Williamsandrsquo; story in lively prose and richly modeled watercolorsandhellip; All the pages are double-spread, full-bleed images, showing much period detail along with the flames and falling snow and Mollyandrsquo;s signature bright blue calico dress and checkered apron. Faces are broad and full of emotion, with Mollyandrsquo;s strong brown face showing every nuance of determination and courageandhellip;.A pleasing historical tidbit.andquot; --Kirkus Reviews
Here is the story of Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11 who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history.
New York City's Fire Company Number 11 is in trouble. A deadly snowstorm is blowing, and many of the volunteers are sick in bed. When the fire alarm sounds, who will answer the call? Who will save the neighborhood? Molly Williams, the company's cook, for one Clapping a weathered leather helmet on her head, strapping spatterdashes over her woolen leggings, and pulling on heavy work gloves --it's Molly, by golly, to the rescue. Young readers will enjoy plucky Molly Williams's legendary adventure as they learn how fires were fought in the early 1800s.
About the Author
Dianne Ochiltree is the author of several award-winning picture books for the very young, including Ten Monkey Jamboree
, Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
(Margaret K. McElderry Books) and Lull-a-bye
, Little One
(G.P. Putnam's Sons). Dianne lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family and pets in a house by the bay. You can visit her at ochiltreebooks.com.
Kathleen Kemly Molly, By Golly included a trip to the New York City Fire Museum. While in New York she was able to imagine MollyYou Can for Calkins Creek and A Fishing Surprise for Cooper Square Publishing, among others. Kathleen lives in Seattle and can be reached at kathleenkemly.com.