Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter (Hardcover)

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By Dianne Ochiltree, Kathleen Kemly (Illustrator)
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In the early 1800s, Molly Williams joins a crew of firefighters in this remarkable adventure. Watercolor illustrations. Rich back matter (6-10). — From Historical Fiction


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.

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 Kathleen Kemly's research for Molly, By Golly included a trip to the New York City Fire Museum. While in New York she was able to imagine Molly's life there and what the city was like many years ago. Kathleen illustrated You Can't Do That, Amelia! for Calkins Creek and A Fishing Surprise for Cooper Square Publishing, among others. Kathleen lives in Seattle and can be reached at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590787212
ISBN-10: 1590787218
Publisher: Calkins Creek Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English