Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen


I don't usually review picture books, but this is a classic Thanksgiving story perfect for many different ages. Molly and her family are immigrants in America in the early 1900s. Because of her accent and interesting clothes, Molly is teased by other students in school. For a Thanksgiving project, she is told to make a pilgrim clothespin doll. After hearing an explanation of Pilgrims, Molly's mother makes the doll to look like her. This is a sweet story about all kinds of pilgrims in America.

Molly's experience teaches readers about the value of religious freedom in America. The other students harsh treatment of Molly and her differences illustrates the need for acceptance and tolerance that is still important today. Whether readers relate to Molly or the other students, they will gain a greater appreciation for a free country.

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