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Molly's Pilgrim (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Molly's Pilgrim (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Barbara Cohen, Daniel Duffy (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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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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 - 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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780833560520
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 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:

"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

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's Pilgrim 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.