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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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This is an excellent book that tells a story that feels authentic and is not just a vehicle for transmitting a message of tolerance. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ms. Guisella Ruiz
Things never change. There is always happiness and misery. Children don't like the unfamiliar any more than adults do.We think something is new and learn it is actually old. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Persop
My class really enjoyed this story! It went well with the movie we watched for Thanksgiving and our Pilgrim unit.Published 23 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