Al Molaison


What was I thinking???? The first biography ----silly, inane, pompous! What nonsense--college, major, English teacher---even I don't care.
BUT I do care about kids. Most importantly, I care about kids' reading. My nine kids read. Their twenty kids read (or are in the process). And their nine children will read (hopefully, I'll be around to make sure).
If you're reading this 'biography" you have an interest in a child---a child you want to be a reader. We are one in that desire. Let's work together!

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I created the persona of Mrs. Ima Wordlover a decade ago because I wanted to write books for children. Loving words and reading have always been linked in my mind. I didn't know any man named Ima so my character is a woman. She's probably a composite of the four elementary teachers who contributed to my early educational development, especially in reading. I remember them as special---caring and committed teachers.

And I had all these grandchildren who enjoyed reading. I wanted them to enjoy reading what I had written.

I had, and have, some friends who were and are very successful writers of children's books. I sent them my materials for review. The opinions were nearly unanimous, "These are not books for children, but adults will find them clever and amusing." I believe that's called damning with faint praise.

So I put my writing ambitions aside. But on computer after computer, I kept my files. And as I learned, I revised, looking to create material children could enjoy and be encouraged to read more.

Over the years I followed the various solutions to teach reading in our schools: look/say, phonics, accelerated reading programs, read-aloud; and the list goes on. I kept track of the research. And I concluded that the key to having a child who is a competent reader is an active parent. One who is involved in the child's language acquisition, who models reading behavior, and who supplies reading materials. Ah, it sounds so simple and straightforward.

But it isn't.

I hope I help a little.
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Dried Eggs and Spam
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,890. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
Dried Eggs and Spam provides a new slant on an old war. Written jointly by Al Molaison and Rosemary J. Peel. World War II memories exchanged via email and the conflict viewed from a child's perspective.
Your Child, Reading, Common Core
Price: Free! Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Parent participation, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Reference
why do i read? because I can, because I seek new information. because I want new experiences, because I enjoy it. every child should be able to give these answers.
The Biggest Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc., Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Intermediate
the lion bears the title, king of the jungle, his mane is kingly. he is big. his roar is heard for miles. but he is not the biggest cat. the world’s biggest cat is the tiger. he’s big enough that he doesn’t roar at other animals. when he’s on the attack, the prey hears a hiss or a huff, not a roar. he lives alone. he hunts alone. he’s big enough to do both.
Proud as a Peacock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
Mrs. Wordlover continues presenting idioms to her students. In this story, she doesn’t use a word game. She introduces peafowl. And she actually uses some photos. She supplies the facts. Then she lets the students apply these facts. They ocome to an understanding of the idiom. Her idiom of the day is “proud as a peacock.”
Mrs. Ima Wordlover
You set the price! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
yes, i am a word lover. i’m a teacher. i’m a storyteller. sometimes, i play word games with my class. now, we’ll laugh together at my use of old idioms to create class rules. it’s the first day of our class. turn the page and meet me.
I Am Bald Eagle
You set the price! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Ducks, Geese, etc., Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Biology
The bald eagle lives only in North America. It was almost lost to the continent. It was hunted. Pesticides killed its eggs. Chemicals coming into the waters poisoned the fish it ate. The hunting stopped. The pesticides are banned. The chemicals are controlled. The bald eagle has recovered.

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Smashwords book reviews by Al Molaison

  • Cynthia and the Amazing Bunny on Jan. 25, 2014

    The premise of the book is a good one. But the book has flaws that editing could fix. First, on my device the font size changes. Second, the outside quotes will make no sense to a young reader. Third, I would have included more pictures of cuddly bunnies. Fourth, I would make sure that the language and sentence structure used by a five year old is what a five year old uses. I hope that author has time to edit and revise---the premise is a good one.
  • The Itty Bitty Princess's Lost Toy on Jan. 25, 2014

    A charming story for the young. It does lack one thing---some illustrations. Examples: a child stooping and looking under a bed; a room turned upside down; toys scattered; the red fire truck in the King’s hands. If the book is read to a child, she will listen, But I suspect she’ll ask about pictures. An art student can do illustrations for her book
  • Pretty as a Picture on Jan. 26, 2014

    A charming tale. The language and sentence structure suggest that it’s a book to be read to younger children. Third graders and older readers should have a comfort level with the book. The gentleness of the tale, its kindness, its opening of a door to a different experience give good reason to recommend. Young American readers will get accustomed to the “British” spelling.
  • Seagulls Love Donuts on Jan. 26, 2014

    The grandkids enjoyed the book, the 11 and 12 year olds more than the five and seven year olds. The older two read the book; the younger two had the book read to them. Perhaps some pictures might have helped. It’s always nice to see a book that entertains and teaches.
  • The Blackbird That Couldn't Sing on Feb. 08, 2014

    Frequently, the kids and I become irritated when we have to nearly stop on our road. Our trip interfered with by bird watchers. So when I showed them The Blackbird that Couldn't Sing I got some frowns. I decided that we'd read it together. I had some explaining to do--what's a magpie, a blackbird, a nightingale? We hit Safari, checked out some sites, questions answered. The friendship, the family relationships, the desire to help, and success are traits that, as an adult, I want my grandkids exposed to. This book does a first-rate job of this kind of exposure---and it doesn't preach. The kids declared the story, "cool." Oh, they loved the cover.
  • Just Joe on Feb. 08, 2014

    When I picked out Just Joe for a set of grandchildren ages 13, 11, 7, 5 and 15 months, I didn't know or anticipate the ending.. The kids have read it or have had it read to them. In talking about it, they agreed that they liked Joe; they were concerned about Joe; and the ending surprised them. As American kids, they found some "funny" words but also told me that they figured them out. The smaller ones asked and got explanations. I won't give away the ending, but it's a nice moment that should make kids think. It's a seasonal book, but I believe it can be read at anytime during the year.
  • I See in color on Feb. 08, 2014

    To begin, the illustrations are good. More importantly, beginning readers need a "supply" of sight words--words recognized without having to do the sounding out. The author knows what she's doing. Visit her books often and give your child a head-start in learning to read. Sitting on my lap, my five year old, with help, got through the book.
  • Birthday Wish on Feb. 08, 2014

    got caught by the “inside an average, suburban house.” So I wasn’t surprised by the apparent normalcy of the scene. Then the blowing out of the candles occurs. Things change. I need to stop the details to avoid giving away the final scenes. You will puzzle; you will think; you will join me in saying, “I like this book. (review of free book)
  • A Memory Of Long Ago By Julius on Feb. 11, 2014

    A tough book to review. The reader isn't sure where he fits, where he is in the story, or where the story is going. BUT the language and the imagery are excellent. The sense of mystery, the sense of peril, the sense of a good book on its way are all there.. I'll watch for the completed book and I'll buy it.
  • The Tale of the Mogollon Ghost Tribe on Feb. 14, 2014

    I suspect that boys who hike and camp will like the story. It has the feel of familiarity. What isn't familiar is the charming Indian ghost story. Rescue by the good but not always seen is the way to bring mystery to the familiar--that's the way it works best.
  • Patch on Feb. 14, 2014

    To begin, the author writes well. His choice of words creates the mental picture he wants or the emotional state he desires. The story touches the heart. A youngster or an oldster like me can enjoy the moment. And I always like a lesson learned, particularly when it flows from the story.
  • Holiday Blues on Feb. 21, 2014

    A teenaged boy and his dad are going on vacation to spend quality time together. This seems an unlikely framework for a story that initiates young Matt into the world of experience. The holiday start is changed when the family's pet dog is left without a handler. Fortunately, the Dad's girlfriend has some connections and arranges for accommodations that accept pets. The site is near her family home. Self-centered, pouty Matt takes it badly and shows his disappointment---the trip nearly ends as it begins. But Matt's trip into young adulthood begins. He begins by gaining some self-control, adjusting as needed. He meets a girl and learns of young love; he acts daringly but foolishly to protect his dog Del; he recognizes that futures don't happen--they have to be planned for. And finally, he learns that family can expand--that a Dad can take a new wife and still be the same loving Father. What I liked especially about the story was the use of language to create a sense of rhythm for the story. The pace was appropriate for Matt's journey into young adulthood--not sudden, not rushed--but a natural sequence of events. Just read the book---it's enjoyable and touching.
  • Time Line on March 06, 2014

    For me, Time Line is a good but curious book. I like fantasy, and the movement between times captures my attention. The past in Time Line is WW11, and like Lucy, I lived through it (my father, a PFC, died in England) so I have curiosity as to the author's handling. She handled it well enough to bring back some of my American memories of blackouts. But the central focus of the story is the crippled family of Hazel. An absent Father, a mentally ill Mother, and a domineering, nasty Aunt are the family members that create the non-functioning family. The grandmother, through her counseling of Hazel, her love of her daughters, and her relationship to Lucy, creates the atmosphere that begins the healing process. The reconnection of father, mother, and Hazel is touching. But Gran's healing touch for Aunt Jayne makes the family's move to normalcy possible. Books that help the young address personal, family problems ought to be must reading
  • Navy SEALs For Kids on Feb. 17, 2015

    I downloaded and read the SEAL book for a number of reasons. I guess the first reason is that I think young readers, from time to time, need to read about actual heroes. Secondly, some kids have problems with their reading skills. Pictures draw them, capture their interest, and help them learn language. These readers need words that they're familiar with; but they also need words that they have not seen to develop different skill sets. Photographs make this easy for the kids; it keeps their interest. I'm hardly a kid but I really did enjoy reading this book. It reminded me of a story told by a brother-in-law who had been in the US Navy many years ago. He said that he and some friends were on liberty and got into a fight with the seals; but it was an unfair fight because the SEALS outnumbered them. There were three SEALS and only 12 sailors. My obsession is to have every kid be an avid reader. I look for books that move readers to that goal. This book does.
  • Trick or Treat on Nov. 02, 2015

    Holiday books written for children have almost become a genre in itself. Fortunately, most kids like them and read them throughout the year, so it's not a one-day event. When an author chooses a holiday to write around, her book world is circumscribed. If it's Christmas and not a celebration of religion, he can use Santa, elves, reindeer presents, naughtiness, change of heart, and Christmas villains. We get the picture. Rosemary Peel chose Halloween. So the reader expects, ghosts, goblins, witches, zombies, vampires, fierce pumpkins, and the scary list goes on. Yes, the stand-bys are there. But this is the main character's, a young girl named Evie's story. She's planned a surprise party for friends across town, but the texts begin coming in. "I can't make it. Why don't you come here." Deflated, she doesn't expect much from Halloween. But her mother, and the trick or treaters arriving at their door revive her spirit and she heads out to trick or treat and enjoy herself. During her movements she meets a young girl and her younger brother in their ghostly attire. They are ill-equipped for the activity--no holding bags. Evie suggests that Meg and George join her to make the rounds, return to her house, and divvy up the goodies. Evie, because of her kind heart, ends up having a "surprise” party, and I'll stop the story now. What the author infuses the story with is her wonderful use of language to create a scene, delineate a character, and project an atmosphere. Her use of imagination pleases, but as always in a good book for children there is the backdrop of moral--ok call it good--behavior, without preaching a lesson. Creating that kind of story demands imagination and the language that captures it. Kids will enjoy it; adults who take the time will too.