Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
Molly wants nothing more than to be ‘normal’ just like her friend Ellen. Instead of her strange life with an absent father, brothers travelling in Cuba, a mother who makes potions, Molly wishes she was part of Ellen’s comfortably normal family. She certainly doesn’t want to be seen as strange like Pim, the boy at school who studies insects and hoists papier-mâché angels up the flag pole. When Molly’s mother accidentally drinks one of her own potions and turns herself into a tree, Molly learns the importance of family. Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is a story about trusting your friends, exploring nature, embracing difference and loving your life just as it is.
Grow Your Own Herbs!
You can grow your own herbs using egg shells as pots. This would be a great activity in September as spring arrives. Here are the instructions:
You will need:
• Empty egg shells
• Thin towel
• Organic planting mix
• Seeds (any veggie or herb will work; check seed packet instructions)
• Aluminum foil
• Misting bottle
• A little sunshine
1. Ask Mum or Dad for empty egg shells. Clean shells with hot water (no soap), air dry and place in egg carton in the egg slots. Use the lid of the carton as the base and line it with paper towel.
2. Scoop planting mix into eggshells. A funnel made from a piece of scrap paper will neatly guide soil.
3. When egg is nearly full of soil, use tweezers to gently place a seed or seeds in the centre just below soil surface.
4. Cover the bottom of the egg carton with aluminum foil to protect it from watering mist. Place in a sunny, warm window and gently mist daily.