Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Molly's Pilgrim

Author: Barbara Cohen

First line: I didn’t like the school in Winter Hill.

Why you should read this book: Molly’s immigrant family fled the Cossacks in Russia, and then left the melting pot of New York City for a peaceful suburb, where the children make fun of her old country accent and clothes until Molly wishes they could live anywhere else. When Molly’s teacher asks the girls to make Pilgrim dolls for their Thanksgiving display, her mother helps her to understand the importance of religious freedom and the true meaning of Thanksgiving. In the end, Molly’s Pilgrim, while different from the Pilgrims created by her classmates, turns out to be the best.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You demand that everyone enjoy the freedom to be exactly like you.

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