True confession, when I read this book out loud to students I cry. I cover it well, but every time it gets to me. Part of the pull for me is that Molly is a Russian refugee looking for a new home in America. My in-laws were also Russian refuges who fled Stalin’s Russia.

Molly is in 3rd grade when she hears the story of Thanksgiving and the pilgrims. In a heart warming story she comes to understand that she is also a pilgrim seeking religious freedom.

The story has the requisite mean girls who mock her accent and make fun of her Thanksgiving project, but in the end they all learn a bit more about what the spirit of Thanksgiving (and America) is really about.

This is a classic story, but if you have somehow missed it, I strongly suggest grabbing a copy.  Libraries are sure to have it, but it’s less than $4 on Amazon. Clicking on the photo above to purchase the book will earn me a small commission.

Happy Thanksgiving.