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Molly's Pilgrim

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Barbara Cohen, Daniel Mark Duffy

  Edition: Paperback -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Molly's Pilgrim (Paperback)    

  • "Molly's Pilgrim" by Barbara Cohen is a touching multicultural historical fiction story. The main character of the chapter book is Molly, a Russian immigrant girl. Molly doesn't feel thankful as the Thanksgiving holiday comes near. Her third grade classmates tease her for her accents and looks. Molly hates going to school. She wants her family to move back to Russia or New York City, where there are more Jewish families. Miss Stickley, Molly's teacher, asks her to make a pilgrim doll out of a clothespin for the Thanksgiving class display. Molly has never heard about Thanksgiving before. When Molly gets home, her mother offers to make the pilgrim doll for her. To Molly's embarrassment, the pilgrim doll doesn't look like a pilgrim; it looks like her mother, a Russian immigrant. Molly's mother explains that she immigrated to the US for freedom of religion, just like pilgrims. "Molly's Pilgrim" appeals to children in second grade and third grade.
  • Reading Level: children in second grade and third grade
  • Paperback, 32 pages
  • ISBN: 0688162800
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction
  • Book Themes: Immigrant Story, Multicultural, School life, Thanksgiving Stories
  • Chapter Books

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