"We may look different, but we feel the same"Milly, Molly
is a series of New Zealand books written by Gill Pittar for children between the ages of four and eight. The stories relate the adventures of two little girls from different ethnic backgrounds (with their multi-cultural friends), and promote the acceptance of diversity and the learning of life skills.
The stories deal with the kinds of questions and trials that children face every day–and offer understanding in such matters as honesty, respect for others, difference, tenacity, exercise, cooperation, respect for nature, bullying, stranger danger, forgiveness, trustworthiness, responsibility, loyalty, loss and grief–and many other areas that are challenging to young children.
The books were inspired by a double-ended doll created in 1995 by Gill Pittar to promote tolerance and communication. Following the success of the dolls, she began writing books about the characters with the first book published in 2000.Milly, Molly
books have since been published in at least 100 countries and translated into 40 languages
An animated TV series based on the books, was produced in 2006, witha a second season in early 2008.
Provides examples of:
- An Aesop: Every episode has one.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In an episode, Milly wishes Molly wasn't able to participate in the class concert so that she wouldn't be busy all of the time practicing. Then Molly gets a sore throat.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Reason why Humphrey and Alf become into best friend.
- Beware of the Nice Ones: B B Brown is very nice and friendly, and also smart. However, he is a 'kleptomaniac'.
- Black Best Friend: Milly for Molly.
- Black Comedy: When Milly and Molly were looking for a home for their cats' babies at school, Humphrey tells them: "Put them in a box and throw them to the river". He then tried to explain to them that he was only joking.
- Catch Phrase: Aunt Maude's "Fiddlestick!!!".
- Cats Hate Water: Only shown with Marmalade in the episode "Beaky".
- Free-Range Children: Milly and Molly, despite being only 7. As well as almost all kids, will be shown wandering around the town and even to the outsides of it.
- Genki Girl: Ella Bella Boo, Aunt Maude's niece.
- Grass Is Greener: In one episode, when Milly and Molly were to travel by balloon to the other side of the mountain, Milly complains about her dutifulness life at home, thinking the life is better in the "other side of the mountain".
- Grumpy Old Man: Aunt Maude would be a female example. Even adults are afraid of her bad humor.
- Handicapped Badass: When Ellie, a blind girl, arrives to Milly and Molly's class she shows some very developed senses formed as a result of her blindness.
- Heel-Face Turn: Humphrey eventually quits bullying, and later, even quits making practical jokes.
- B B Brown quits stealing.
- House Husband: Molly's dad stays at home while Molly's mother works. Though its unknown who handles chores.
- Not Good with People: Aunt Maude is recognized by her great garden and by her ability with plants. But she's so mean to everyone else that many of her neighbors are afraid of her.
- Spoiler Opening: The intro is conformed by many clips of the show, so, the last ones reveals vital information of the ending of two episodes.
- Sticky Fingers: B B Brown, a new classmate in Milly and Molly's class. Luckily, this is also a case of Heel-Face Turn.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Humphrey is the best example.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The books and the show have got many positive critics, and many people over 8, adults and teens, have admitted that they love this show, sometimes more than their own children.
- Would Hit a Girl: Humphrey, in the beginning. Not precisely strikes but in one episode was seen pushing a girl and throwing things to her. The second time he pushes her, she gets hurt. Luckily, he does have a Heel-Face Turn.