Based on the beautifully sensitive book by Barbara Cohen, this live-action film examines the plight of a young Russian-Jewish emigrant who has come to the United States to escape religious persecution. It carries a message about American values: Thanksgiving, growing up, as well as religious tolerance, and can be accepted on many different levels. Mollyís class is given an assignment to create a doll based on a Thanksgiving theme. She encounters insensitivity among her classmates who make fun of her ethnic ways. Molly hopes that she can prove her knowledge of America and gain acceptance, but when she is unable to finish her pilgrim doll, her mother lends a hand and the doll resembles a Russian woman in traditional dress. To Molly's mama, today's Russian- Jewish emigrants are the modern pilgrims, seeking a new home for many of the same reasons. Molly finds the doll beautiful but is afraid that it will cause further criticism. When she takes it to school, there are tense moments. But eventually her class grows to appreciate Mollyís plight as an immigrant and learns a valuable lesson in human relations.
Media ID: 12616
Length: 24 Min.
Publisher: Weston Woods- 7
Level: P, I

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult