Want to teach your child about the religious life? Check out this review of Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper, then download the companion vocations unit study for free!
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When our oldest child was about ten months old, my mother-in-law sent us a handmade sunflower costume. That green bodysuit and flappy yellow hat were the beginning of a well-loved tradition, one which has built quite the collection of inspiration for creative play. Our children have worn the costumes everywhere, from trips to the grocery store and homeschool group events.
My oldest even tried to wear her sparkly pink dragon suit to kindergarten.
That was quite a morning.
As the years have gone by, the girls have settled into their favorite outfits. We now have three wolf suits, and it would appear I am the Alpha of our own little pack.
Fortunately, our daughters’ love of wolves and wolf suits has born two beautiful benefits: a quiet devotion to St. Francis of Assisi, and an understanding of vocations. The girls know all about the life and experiences of the gentle, animal-loving friar, and their interest in him has sparked several good discussions about what it means to enter the religious life.
It’s not hard to understand my delight when I got my first look at Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper.
- Molly has a plush wolf named Francis
- Molly’s has a purple habit costume
- Molly wants to wear her costume everywhere, every day
Someone had combined my daughters into one curly-haired, lovable firestorm and put them in a book.
I couldn’t wait to share it with my girls.
Reviewing Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper
The second installment in the Jean Schoonover Egolf’s Molly McBride series, Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper follows the titular heroine as she discovers there’s more to a person’s vocation than the clothes she wears. Discussions with her family, friends, and a trusted Pastor help Molly understand an important truth: God has designed each of us in a unique, unrepeatable way. That is the truth of our vocation, and what we wear on the outside can’t change that.
My girls fell in love with Molly’s spirit, immediately identifying with her costume habit (pun intended). They loved the book so much, in fact, that they each asked to provide their own reviews:
A review from B (age 6.5)
Molly is just moving into kindergarten. She finds out that she has to wear a uniform! She is worried that nobody will find out who she wants to be when she’s a grown up. She wants to be a Children of Mary Sister, and they wear purple habits. That night, she tells Francis, her wolf plushy, that he’ll have to be brave when she leaves to go to orientation day. Francis learns how to make friends with the other stuffed animals, and Molly learns that God knows who you are deep inside, even though you don’t wear the clothes.
I liked this book a lot. There were silly lines in the book, like when Molly asks Fr. Matt if someone might call him Mister instead of Father when he is wearing clothes for the beach. I think that a lot of people who are Catholic and want to be a nun or priest when they grow up would love this book.
PS – Francis the wolf-pet is really cute!
A review from G (and her own wolf-pet, Little Wolf), age 10.5
Hello, everyone! Have you read the book called Molly McBride and the plaid jumper?
Well, Little Wolf, and everyone else, I will write a book review about it, just like my sister.
Molly McBride and her wolf pet, Francis are worried. Molly wants to be a Children of Mary sister, so she wears a purple habit.
My favorite color!
But she can’t wear her habit to kindergarten. She has to wear the uniform- a plaid jumper! At orientation day, she meets a boy named Dominic, who wants to be a priest when he grows up. Dominic and Molly decide to ask Father Matt if he will let them wear their costumes.
That sounds FUN!
It is fun. I recommend this for all catholic children.
And wolves. And bunnies. And basically everyone catholic.
After reading it to Little Wolf…
So… How shall we rate this?
Four Point-Nine howls.
He means almost five stars.
Learning About Vocations with Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper
As a parent, I immediately recognized the educational and spiritual benefit of Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. To build on this, I created a small vocations unit study with five different objectives, each one designed to strengthen a child’s critical thinking skills and understanding of the religious life. Through reading, writing, playing, and discussing, children will grow closer to God our Father and his plan for their lives.
Unit Study Activities:
Thinking: Seeing God’s Handiwork (How do you see yourself? How does God see you?)
Writing: Interview with a Religious (Who would you like to visit? What would you like to ask?)
Comparing and Contrasting: Similarities Among Orders (What are the two main types of orders, and how are they alike?)
Organizing: Creating Your Rule of Life (How will you order your day to give time to God and family?)
Praying: Building Your Prayer Resources (What are your favorite prayers? When will you say them, and with whom?)
Playing: Classic Movies, Crafting, and More! (Does old-time Hollywood get vocations right? What crafts would you like to do?)
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper
This book is absolutely worth owning. It presents vocations in a loving, accessible manner with a heroine young children will love. Let Molly help your sons and daughters explore the beauty of the religious life. You never know what sort of seed it might plant!