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Project Mulberry

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,335 ratings  ·  240 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
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
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.
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
Mar 29, 2012 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Tween Reader
Well this one just hit all of my buttons - *plus* it's got lots of great aspects for other readers - so, yeah, I have to give the ultimate five-star rating.

It explores a friendship between a boy and a girl at the age when they generally don't want to be seen associating together. It has the inter-chapter meta-textual conversations between the main character and the author. It includes two different kinds of families, so we and the characters can compare & contrast between the large and the s
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
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
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
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.
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
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
NCPL Teenzone
Julia Song hates being Korean. She hates kimchee, Korean pickled cabbage made with garlic, green onions, and hot red peppers. She hates the taste of kimchee, she hates the sight of kimchee, and most of all, Julia hates the smell of kimchee and the way it permeates the house almost immediately after it’s made or a jar of it is opened. Julia and her best friend Patrick have joined the Wiggle Club (Work-Grow-Give-Live!), which is like 4-H. They want to pick the perfect project and win at the state ...more
Neil Schleifer
This was an interesting YAL book in a number of ways. First, it handles a bunch of social issues: assimilation, bigotry, ecology. Layered into the mix is a hint of teen romance and sibling rivalry. Finally, and the most interesting conceit, is that Ms. Park has an "interview" with her lead character at the end of nearly every chapter about the process of writing. While it's certainly fun and interesting to see the writer's process, I must admit that at times this gimmick stops the flow of action ...more
Cheshire Cat
SO this wasn't my favorite. The actual plot of the story was interesting. I did read plenty of bad reviews on amazon for it and was a bit skeptical but one lady and her daughter seemed to blow it way out of proportion.
There is no animal cruelty. But the book seemed like an excuse to drop some racism in. Racism between asians and blacks doesn't seem to be common, although it is understandable (everyone seems to be racist against blacks...)it seems to be a weird book to touch on racism in so be wa
Set in the Chicago suburb of Plainfield, this small town USA story is about a girl named Julia and her best friend Patrick as they complete a project for their WGGL (Work, Grow, Give, Live) group. While completing their project they learn valuable life lessons about survival, racism, family traditions. The reader also gets a close up look into the writing process as the main character converses with the author between the chapters.

This is a very clever story that threads together so much history
Project Mulberry Julia Song has been a best friend with Patrick ever since she moved to town. They do homework together, study for test, and our both in the Wiggle Club. The club is starting to work on projects that they can enter in to the state fair. When Julia’s mom suggests a project on silk worms Julia thinks it is too Korean, but Patrick loves the idea. Julia is against the silk worm idea because her family is the only Korean family in the town and has previous experiences with prejudice a ...more
Patricia  Leon
Project Mulberry, by Linda Park, is a story told from the perspective of the main character named Julia Song, who is Korean-American. Julia is in seventh grade, and through the series of events that take place, she is forced to confront her ethnicity and come to terms with who she is. Julia gets help along the way from her mother, her best friend Patrick, and her annoying brother Kenny. Julia and Patrick want to enter a project in the state fair, through their schools Wiggle Club. Julia wants to ...more
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park is the story of a Korean girl, Julia and her best friend Patrick. The two of them are in the Wiggles Club (similar to 4H) and need a project for competition. Julia’s mother tells the children about how she helped raise silk worms in Korea as a youngster. After much discussion, they decide to raise silk worms, even though Julia feels that she would prefer an American project and not a Korean one. Julia also adds a dimension to the project, by creating an embroid ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Alison rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: upper elementary students who are in 4-H
Recommended to Alison by: the world wide web
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The book is very relatable for kids interested in animals. Linda was very smart by adding the dialogue between her and one of the characters. It added some extra history to the creation of the book. I think the book was most exciting in the mid-beginning and towards the end, but even those parts weren't that interesting. The only reason that I rated the book with three stars is because it wasn't the greatest compared to other books I have read. I feel there was no real exciting moments the made ...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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