Molly's Pilgrimby Barbara Cohen
Sparkling new illustrations refresh this Thanksgiving classic based on the true experience of a member of Barbara Cohen's family. The touching story tells how recent immigrant Molly leads her third-grade class to discover that it takes all kinds of pilgrims to make a Thanksgiving. Originally published in 1983, Molly's Pilgrim inspired the 1986 Academy Award winning
Sparkling new illustrations refresh this Thanksgiving classic based on the true experience of a member of Barbara Cohen's family. The touching story tells how recent immigrant Molly leads her third-grade class to discover that it takes all kinds of pilgrims to make a Thanksgiving. Originally published in 1983, Molly's Pilgrim inspired the 1986 Academy Award winning live-action short film.
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- 5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)
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- 6 - 10 Years
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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:
Your eyes are awf'ly small.
Your nose is awf'ly tall."
One day Elizabeth and Hilda followed me halfway home, singing that terrible song
Your eyes are awf'ly small.
Your nose is awf'ly tall."
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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Molly, a Jewish girl, and her family have moved to America from Russia. Her mother says that the reason was to escape religious persecution and find freedom. First they lived in a tenement house in New York and Papa worked in a factory. Then they came to Winter Hill where Papa works in Mr. Brodsky's store and they live in the apartment above. However, the children in Molly's third-grade class make fun of her accent and clothes. Molly even thinks about going back to Russia. At Thanksgiving the teacher says that everyone is supposed to bring a Pilgrim doll to class. The doll that Molly's mother makes looks like a Russian peasant girl, not at all like the Pilgrims Molly has seen in her schoolbook. Molly is embarrassed and afraid that she will never fit in with her classmates now. What will she do?
This is a lovely story which reminds children, and the rest of us too, that all Americans are in a sense "pilgrims." In spite of our different backgrounds, there is one thing that we share in common, and that is the freedom which this great nation affords us. Therefore, we should respect one another. Of course, at Thanksgiving time we mst never forget the great foundation laid for our country's liberty by "The Pilgrims" who landed in 1620. However, we should also be aware of the contributions made by those who have come to this land seeking refuge in the years since then. Molly's Pilgrim is a wonderful addition to the literature about Thanksgiving for beginning readers. The author, Barbara Cohen (1932-1992), also wrote several other acclaimed picture books and novels for young readers.
My son read this for school. He was moved by it and wanted me to read it so we could talk about it; it made for a great discussion on being kind to others, etc. Very sweet story.
Find out what a true pilgrim is, in this adorable Thanksgiving story for young children. Molly is a little Russian girl, whose family immigrated to America. Because of her family's background, their accent, and Jewish ways... the other girls in school tease her. Molly is still learning about American things all the time. Thanksgiving is something new to her, but she quickly discovers what it means. The third-grade class is celebrating the special holiday by creating a small diorama village of Pilgrims & Indians. Molly feels out of place when everything she does in school turns out different than the other students. The other kids think they know more about Thanksgiving & Pilgrims than Molly does, because she's new. What does Molly do, that shows the students what Thanksgiving means to her? Read this cute little book to find out what it must be like for a young girl from Russia to blend in with other children. "Molly's Pilgrim" is written for a 3rd Grade Reading Level. I'd recommend it to any little kids, who are eager to read a Thanksgiving story.
Hey everyone, I guess you want to know what this book is about? It¿s about a little girl named Molly she just moved in the city and is new at her school. She hates it because every kid picks on her, they say she¿s the odd one out she doesn¿t like it and wants to go back to her old home. Her mom says they can¿t but, if they could they would. The next day she went to school and had to go threw the same thing again, she went to her class and her teacher said they had to do a project for homework, they asked what is it? She replied ¿you have to make dolls¿, ¿the boys make Indians and the girls make Pilgrims¿. Molly asked the teacher what a Pilgrim is. She told her and when she came home she had told her mom if she could help her on the project, of course her mom said don¿t worry I¿ll do it for you. So her mom helped her work on the doll. The next evening she went to school with her doll Pilgrim and all the girls made fun of her doll and she defended her self by telling them why it would be a Pilgrim. Her teacher helps her explain and everyone realizes there are different kinds of Pilgrims. Now her day was not like the others. I think that all ages can read this but I¿m sure that adults wouldn¿t want to read this because they like news.
A must read for the upcoming holiday...It makes students aware that we are all different yet we are all alike too. I can't say enough about this book....thanks to my mentor teacher who introduced it to me.
A little Russian girl learns discovers what it is to be a pilgrim by making a pilgrim doll. It looks different than the typical American pilgrim doll and she is ridiculed by other children. In the end she learns about her 'pilgrim' doll and about being OK in a strange land.