The book, by Barbara Cohen, has received numerous awards, and in 1986, three years after its publication, it was made into a movie, which received the Best Short Film Oscar at the Academy Awards. Roth laughs adding "It's just beautiful! Extra Time. That is an old wives' tale.
Molly's Pilgrim Teaches Tolerance for Immigrants. Molly's classmates decide that her doll is the most beautiful one of all. The teacher puts the doll in a prominent place on her desk, and tells her students that there are all kinds of pilgrims, and that coming from a different country is something to cherish and be proud of. But familiarity does not always equal tolerance. Be proud of where you're from, and who you will become, a real American, from many we are one!
At first, Molly's classmates make fun of her doll, which doesn't look anything like the pictures of Pilgrims in their books. Today on New American Voices we talk about a popular book and a play that speak to children about the immigrant experience, and about the need to appreciate and enjoy the differences among people. It's dressed in a bright red skirt, an embroidered yellow blouse and a colorful kerchief.
At the end of the dream scene, as the play's director Patti Green Roth explains, the Statue of Liberty has a final comforting word for Molly. I'm a Pilgrim!
While Molly has her troubles with her schoolmates, Molly's mother is ecstatic about the opportunities their new life offers them. Accordingly, the doll that Molly and her mother create for Thanksgiving looks more like an immigrant from Russia than a somber 17th century Pilgrim.
I'd like to think that that would not be as common now as it was in 1904. At the base of my statue is a quote' - and she quotes the Emma Lazarus poem - 'and Emma Lazarus, she was Jewish, just like you.
VOA Newscasts. But then Molly tells them what she learned from the dream. October 29, 2009 12: Molly has some doubts about how the teacher and the class will respond to her doll. Back to top. Molly's story centers on pilgrim dolls that the class is assigned to make as a project for Thanksgiving. In the story, Molly and her mother flee anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia to settle in the United States.
That night in a dream the Statue of Liberty appears to her, and reassures her in a song sequence.
Based on an award-winning children's book of the same name, the story of Molly's Pilgrim takes place a hundred years ago.