Gr 1-3-Molly, a young Russian Jewish immigrant, feels that she doesn't belong and will never belong in America. Her third grade classmates make fun of her accent, her dress, her customs and mock her with a sing-song rhyme, "Jol-ly Mol-ly, Your eyes are awf'ly small. Jol-ly Mol-ly, Your nose is awf'ly tall." With the help of a loving mother and the understanding of a sensitive teacher, Molly earns class recognition and, finally, happiness. Her clothespin Pilgrim doll resembles her Russian mother more than a traditional Pilgrim, for her mother is indeed a pilgrim who came to America for religious freedom. Christina Moore's dramatic reading intensifies the emotion and evokes the pathos of this moving narrative. Young listeners will sympathize and empathize with Molly and will gain a greater appreciation for all Pilgrims in America. This story will encourage dialogue and lively discussions on numerous topics: American values, tolerance, religious freedom, Thanksgiving traditions, Jewish customs and holidays. It will captivate an attentive audience every month of the year.
Patricia Mahoney Brown, Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY
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I use this book for a Thanksgiving unit during the few days before Thanksgiving break. It's a great message to my students, and they love the story.Published 3 months ago by Ilvbooks
My class really enjoyed this story! It went well with the movie we watched for Thanksgiving and our Pilgrim unit.Published 16 months ago by Bakoschick
My daughter loves the book very much and has read the book quite a few times. She is also into stamped cross-stitch embroidery as well so I got her two beginner kits with... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by MagicLady2011
This book works great in grabbing the kids attention at the start of our immigrant unit. It goes with Thanksgiving.Published on December 9, 2012 by M. Harpe
In Molly's Pilgrim, Molly is a third grade girl who doesn't feel very thankful as Thanksgiving approaches. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by My2Cents
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. Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by In the Bookcase