Molly's Pilgrim

Molly's Pilgrim

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by Barbara Cohen, Michael J. Deraney
     
 

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Molly and her family have moved to America from Russia.

Her mother says they moved to find freedom. But the children in Molly's third-grade class make fun of her accent and clothes. That doesn't seem like freedom to Molly at all.

At Thanksgiving everyone has to bring a Pilgrim doll to class. The doll Molly's mother makes looks like a Russian peasant girl.

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Overview

Molly and her family have moved to America from Russia.

Her mother says they moved to find freedom. But the children in Molly's third-grade class make fun of her accent and clothes. That doesn't seem like freedom to Molly at all.

At Thanksgiving everyone has to bring a Pilgrim doll to class. The doll Molly's mother makes looks like a Russian peasant girl. It doesn't look at all like the Pilgrims Molly has seen in her schoolbook. Molly is afraid she'll never fit in with her classmates now.

Editorial Reviews

Sun Chronicle
Molly wants to go back to Russia. The girls in her third-grade class make fun of Molly's imperfect english and her peasant-looking clothes. Her mother reminds her they can't go back to Russia; the reason they came to America was to escape religious persecution, and it would be very dangerous to return. To make matters worse, Molly's teacher gives the class a project for Thanksgiving. Not only has Molly never heard of Thanksgiving, but she is supposed to make a Pilgrim doll out of a clothespin for the class display. That evening, her mother offers to help, and when Molly takes her doll to school the next day, the children tease her, saying her doll doesn't look like a Pilgrim. But Molly defends her position, explaining why the doll her mother made is a pilgrim. With the help of the teacher, the entire class soon realizes that not only is Molly right, but it really does take "all kinds of Pilgrims to make a Thanksgiving." First published in 1983 and in its second printing, this strong and important story easily ranks as one of the best choices for this and every Thanksgiving.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Russian immigrant girl adjusts to the American celebrations of Thanksgiving and birthdays, respectively. Ages 5-8; 6-10. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This is the story of a Jewish girl's struggle to assimilate when she immigrates to America. Teachers and students can compare and contrast bias issues by discussing variables like historic periods, ethnicity, race, gender, and responses of the characters. Once students understand prejudice throughout history, you may challenge them to apply their perspectives through reading newspaper coverage of events in Bosnia.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This is the story of a Jewish girl's struggle to assimilate when she immigrates to America. Teachers and students can compare and contrast bias issues by discussing variables like historic periods, ethnicity, race, gender, and responses of the characters. Once students understand prejudice throughout history, you may challenge them to apply their perspectives through reading newspaper coverage of events in Bosnia.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Molly and her family have recently emigrated from Russia. Children in her class make fun of the way she talks and dresses. Because Molly has a hard time fitting in, she is unhappy and wishes her family could move back to Russia or New York, where there are other Jewish families. Molly's participation in a school assignment about Thanksgiving pilgrims shows her and her classmates just how much she does belong in America. 1998 (orig.
ALA Booklist
“A thought-provoking Thanksgiving read-aloud.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688021030
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1983
Series:
First Skylark Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.31(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Cohen (1932-1992) was the author of several acclaimed picture books and novels for young readers, including The Carp in the Bathtub, Yussel's Prayer: A Yom Kippur Story, Thank You, Jackie Robinson, and King of the Seventh Grade.

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I didn't like the school in Winter Hill. In Winter Hill, they laughed at me. Elizabeth laughed most of all. I never raised my hand to answer a question, but when Miss Stickley called on me, I had to say something. My English wasn't perfect yet, so Elizabeth always giggled at whatever I said. Miss Stickley would stare at her, and then she'd shut up. But later, in the schoolyard, she'd say, "You talk funny, Molly." And then she'd sing a song:

"Jolly Molly,
Your eyes are awf'ly small.
Jolly Molly,
Your nose is awf'ly tall."

Hilda and Kitty would sing the song too, and sometimes even Fay and Emma. They all admired Elizabeth. She brought peppermint sticks to school and handed them out to all her friends at recess.

One day Elizabeth and Hilda followed me halfway home, singing that terrible song

"Jolly Molly,
Your eyes are awf'ly small.
Jolly Molly,
Your nose is awf'ly tall."

I started to run

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