Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
Molly and her parents are a Jewish family who have emigrated from Russia to the United States to escape religious persecution. Molly is the only Jewish child in third grade.
When Thanksgiving arrives, the teacher assigns a project to make a Pilgrim doll. Molly is embarrassed by her mother’s attempts to help with her Thanksgiving project. She makes a pilgrim doll — but dresses it in Russian clothing. Soon, however, Molly learns that it takes all kinds of “pilgrims” to make a Thanksgiving.
Originally published in 1983, Molly’s Pilgrim inspired the 1986 Academy Award winning live-action short film.