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Project Mulberry

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,598 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Julia Song and her friend Patrick want to team up to win a blue ribbon at the state fair, but they can't agree on the perfect project. Then
Julia's mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years ago in Korea. The optimistic twosome quickly realizes that raising silkworms is a lot tougher than they thought. And Julia never suspected that she'd be discussing the fate o
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2005)
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mitchell k dwyer
Jul 29, 2009 mitchell k dwyer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older elementary students; kids dealing with asian-ness
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Why I really, really like this book:

Julia, a Korean-American seventh-grader, deals with a lot of issues common to Asians growing up in the United States. I immediately identified with some of her insecurities.

Patrick, Julia's best friend, becomes her friend mainly because he's not put off by the smell of kim chee. I love how a simple thing like this can break through some of Julia's hangups and lead to a real friendship. When you're that age, sometimes little things like that do lead to th
Summary: Julia is a typical American child who lives in Plainfield, Illinois. Her family is Korean, and she sometimes has a hard time with that. She wants to blend in and be more “American”. Her best friend Patrick lives across the street. Together they join the Wiggle Club, an environmental club. They need to do an animal husbandry project, but can’t decide on what to do. Julia’s mom suggested raising silk worms like her mother used to do in Korea.
Patrick is thrilled with the idea, but Julia i
There are a lot of themes going on in this book. It feels a little messy, and some of the ideas are never tied up successfully. It also gets a bit preachy at times. It also has sections between the chapters where the author discusses things with the main character; it didn't really work for me.
In Seo Woo
I personally really liked reading this book for several reasons. In fact, this was one of the books that I enjoyed the most. This book is mainly about a girl named Julia, a seventh grade Korean-American girl in America. Although she had friends before she moved somewhere else, one time when her friends visited her house and smelled Kim Chee (kimchi), they thought it was gross. This made her have sort of a Kimchi trauma because she thought that everybody would be grossed out, just like her friend ...more
Barb Middleton
Linda Sue Park reminds me of Lowis Lowry as a writer. You always get a well-crafted, unique story with characters' that have distinct voices and a tight plot. She's also such a sophisticated writer, I don't think readers always get what she's doing. Take the metafictional narrative that occurs between the author and the protagonist in this story. On the outset, it is a story about a girl and her best friend doing a project about silkworms for a state fair competition. Themes abound regarding fri ...more
Carolyn S
I’m currently reading the book “Project Mulberry” by Linda Sue Park. Julia and her friend, Patrick are intending to make something absolutely awesome for their partner project... but right now their minds have gone blank. Until the day Julia asked her mom for suggestions, her mom gave the idea of growing silkworms and making some thread. But Julia thought it was FAR to Korean. Still she decides to be loyal and tell Patrick. I like this book because the characters are so interesting, funny, and s ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Not one of the best books I've ever read, but still a pretty good kid's novel with a creative and original topic and interesting characters.
Landon Rotolo-Utz
Project Mulberry would be a great resource for any upper elementary school teacher. This book offers so many opportunity for learning experiences as well as class discussions. This book was a quick read only about 220 pages but contains numerous situations and issues that will connect with children. It also acts as a gateway to get children to think critically about issues such as racism, stereotyping, and patriotism.

As a resource is the classroom this book could be used both for independent
Kelly Grimes
I personally did not enjoy this book that much. I thought the plot of the story was very slow and dragged on. But I did enjoy this book because I am not familiar with the Korean culture, so I was able to learn more about this culture especially with the importance of Silk Worms. I think I didn’t enjoy this book that much because I couldn’t relate with any personal experiences. Julia Song was almost embarrassed of her Korean culture, not wanting to expose her culture to students. She did everythi ...more
Kristina Befort
Project Mulberry tells the story of Julia and her best friend Patrick, and their work on their Wiggle Club project. Julia's family is from Korea, and her and Patrick decide to raise silkworms for their project, but Julia fights the idea because she wants to be less Korean and more American. After working on the project for a couple of months, Julia learns to accept her heritage, and actually grows to love the silkworms.

Overall I thought this book was good. I vaguely remember reading it when I w
The book is about a young Korean American girl, Julia Song, who lives in a small predominantly white town and HATES kimchee. Her best friend is the precocious Caucasian boy who lives across the street. Julia and Patrick do everything together, they study together, they walk to school together- Patrick practically lives with the Songs in order to escape his numerous siblings and hectic home. The funny thing is, Patrick LOVES kimchee, everyday after doing homework together Julia’s mother is waitin ...more
Sara Baker
This book is about a girl named Julia Song. Julia is Korean and her best friend is Patrick. Patrick and her have always been friends and done school work together. When needing their next project idea, they listen to Julia's mom about raising silkworms. Julia is hesitant at first but in the end, ends up really liking them.
Julia battles her emotions throughout the book. She does not know how to react to her mother not wanting her to go to a complete stranger's house to pick leaves off his
I really liked the book Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park. I have read a lot of other books by Linda Sue Park too and it was really good just like this one. I read A Long Walk to Water by her also.I just could not put the book down.

The main characters in the book are mostly Patrick and Julia. They are really good friends and they are in this club called the Wiggle Club. They have to do a project on a certain subject and they did Animal Husbandry and Domestic Arts. So what they did was they did
[bookcover:Project Mulberry|138047Project Mulberry is about two kids named Julia and Patrick that want to win a ribbon at the state fair. They argue for awhile about what the perfect project would be until Julia’s mom suggests that they try to raise silkworms. Julia’s mom is from Korea and she raised silkworms herself when she lived there. Julia and Patrick love this idea but they soon come to find that raising silkworms is not exactly the easiest task. The author does something very interesting ...more
This is another one of the books I'm using with my students for their author study project (it's the companion to Park's The Kite Fighters).

Unlike several other of the author's books, this is a modern story, about a Korean-American girl, Julie, living in a town where there are no other Korean-American families. She and her best friend, Patrick, are putting together a project to submit to the state fair, but they can't come up with anything. Her mom suggests that they grow silk worms and then ma
Grades: 3rd-4th
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other books I have read in class. I thought it was a slow read and I wasn't engaged throughout the book. However, I think this book was unique by incorporating "pauses" in between each chapter to have a dialog between Mrs. Park and Julia. By having this dialog, it helps with character development and comprehension. I would use this book in various ways, but one way in particularly, I would introduce a lesson over the different types of insec
Book covers so much - intimate lifecycle of silkworms, basic embroidery, sustainable farming and ethics of raising farm animals, racism, what it takes to be a good friend. Realistic, fun dialog. Author/main character banter following each chapter shows young writers how a storyline and characters are developed.
This book is about a Korean-American girl named Julia Song who have to do a Wiggle Project with Patrick, her best friend who never complained about the kimchi smell in her house. Her mother suggests to grow silk worms because she grew them in Korea when she was young. But Julia thinks it's too Korean. Will she able to finish the Wiggle Project with Patrick without having it be too Korean?
I have three words for this book: short, simple, sweet. I thought it was nice story talking about a project.
Jordan Hernandez
This book is an interesting mix of perspectives the main character Julia, and the author Linda Sue Park. It is an excellent novel in my opinion that tackles the ideas of labels on people and how they are defined. This book could be read prior of a science fair at the school, it can give students ideas to start and build off. It can also spark discussion over where labels come from and what they mean to different people. This book for also work for individual reader working on trying to understan ...more
Scott Hayden
Julie wants a great project for the Wiggle Club, but her best friend Patrick's idea rubs her the wrong way - the Korean way. Despite, or perhaps because of her Korean heritage, she'd rather do something more American. Yet she can't bring herself to admit it to Patrick. Enter "Agent Song" on the secret mission to allow natural sabotage.

So begins the first of a few conflicts.

Sweet, innocent, light reading. Naturally and gently opens opportunities to talk about many topics: sustainability, respect
Lee Födi
This is one of my favorite Linda Sue Park books. It has a tight plot, interesting characters, and some nice messages. Best of all are the quirky interjections that happen between the main character and the . . . well, the author. These could be taken out or skipped (as some of my creative writing students have admitted to doing) without impacting the overall story arc, but in my opinion, this device just makes this book all the more memorable. I spend a lot of time in Korea, so personally, I rea ...more
Gabriela Fernandez
Julia just moved to a new school and is having a hard time making friends. When she meets Patrick, they become fast friends, all starting when Patrick told her he liked Kimchee, a traditional Korean food, After they become friends, they have to decide on a science fair project, and Julia’s mom suggests raising silkworms. Although Julia is initially hesitant because she wants to do a project more “Americanized”, they eventually end up doing their project on silkworms. They put a lot of work and ...more
Sumani Alem
First of all, I really liked this book because it tackles many different themes such as racism and being yourself. However, I agree with some who said that the book is a little messy because all of these themes that do not tie up as one. I also enjoyed it because I'm also Asian so I can relate to it. I didn't like the Q&A between the author and Julia; I thought it kind of ruined the flow of the book but at the same time, it was a nice touch to the book. Overall, I would recommend this to a 1 ...more
Mykele Miller
This book is about Julia Song and her friend Patrick, who lives next door to her, work together on a project for the states fair. Julia's mom suggested silk worms which Julia and Patrick both agreed on doing. But Patrick has a bug phobia, Entomophobia, which Julia finds out and tries to help Patrick out of his phobia. Will Julia be able to help her friend with his phobia? Do Julia and Patrick wil the states fair? Read the book to find out what happens. This book is interesting because it shows a ...more
Narayana Almanza29259
I thought the book was okay.This is not such a great book because not much happens.The story has a girl and her friends wanting to win a science fir and it is not that exciting.The book has weeknesses how to make it exciting.One thing this book actually has as a strenghth is the descriptions on the character and what is going on.There is ot much to explain about the books because most of the time nothing is really going on.At times in the book there are parts that don't even go along with some p ...more
Many years ago, my sister worked at a drama department at a state university in the southwest. Somehow they ended up on the crew for a Paul McCartney concert in the big arena (in the dressing room, perhaps? I forget that part). Apparently the contract specified that no meat could be sold in the concession stands during the concert, since Linda McCartney was a vegetarian vocal animal rights advocate. My sister wanted to point out that many silkworms had to be boiled in their cocoons to make the s ...more
Julia and her best friend Patrick are looking for a project for Wiggle Club (Work-Grow-Give-Live) and they hope to enter it in the state fair. But, after examining multiple possibilities, they’re still at a loss. Finally, Julia’s mother suggests that they try raising silkworms. Patrick thinks this is a great idea, but Julia feels it’s too Korean. She won’t come straight out and tell Patrick that she doesn’t want to do the project, though, so that makes for a lot of tension between them. Eventual ...more
Project Mulberry is a story about Korean 7th grader Julia Song, her best friend Patrick, and their experiences while trying to complete an "animal husbandry" project for an extracurricular club. Julia and Patrick ask Mrs. Song for help to brainstorm possible projects and she suggests silk worms. After a bit of research, Patrick is convinced that this is the best project for them.

Julia is hesitant to engage in raising silk worms for the project because it's "too Asian," but Patrick insists. Julia
528_Mary F.
This book is written by Linda Sue Park.

Julia Song doesn't want to do a silkworm project for the state fair because it is not American enough. But Parick has been her friend for a long time and it is what he wants to do. Despite her reservations, she likes caring for the eggs and eventually sewing the silk thread.

Mr. Dixon, a nice old man, donates the leaves for the project which was a concern of theirs. Mom does not like him, though, because she does not like black people. This is a funny stor
Julia is a Korean American who wishes she didn’t stand out so much— even her house smells Korean because of the kimchee. Her friend Patrick doesn’t seem to notice this issue, and loves getting a bite of kimchee every time he comes over, so when he suggests they do a silkworm project for the WIGGLE club (like 4-H), he doesn’t see Julia’s secret resistance to something so Korean. Eventually, Julia does get excited (and decides friendship is more important, so she sacrifices her dislike of the proj ...more
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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