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Orange Peel's Pocket

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
One day in class, Orange Peel—who got her nickname by eating orange peels when she was little—and her classmates learn about China. Everyone starts to ask Orange Peel questions about the country because they know that’s where she was born. But she doesn’t have all the answers. So Orange Peel joins her mother on her neighborhood errands to find out.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Crystal Lockhart
Sep 13, 2013 Crystal Lockhart rated it really liked it
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I reviewed Orange Peel’s Pocket by Rose Lewis as one of my book soak choices. I would definitely say this is a book I cannot wait to use in my classroom. This book was about a young girl named Orange Peel. She was of Chinese distant however, during class one day she realized she did not know anything about her culture but vowed to find out. Within her own neighborhood she talked to the other people who were of Chinese distant and found out some great important information about her culture. Alo
Feb 29, 2012 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing
Delightful story of a little girl gathering information along the way of the country she was born to, but no longer living in. An adult reading this will know the child has been adopted, but that is not the focus of the story. It's a way to teach children that lots of things we have here in America have come from other countries and belong to other cultures. We should respect everyone and make it a goal to learn something new every day. I learned from this book that the Chinese like long noodles ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Nichole rated it it was ok
Out of the books in my text set this one was ok. Another cute book with nice illustrations and the story had a very good lesson. It is about a Chinese girl who was adopted and wanted to teach her class about China. The catch is she dosent know anything about China. She goes around her town to people who are Chinese to find out more about China. The part I didn't like was that all of the people she went and visited had very stereotypical jobs. Like the worked at a cleaners and owned a fruit cart. ...more
Sandra Cappello
Jun 05, 2015 Sandra Cappello rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved , loved this book--made me remember why I became an elementary librarian. My favorite thing has always been to teach concepts, any and all through engaging easy fiction. This story of a Chinese girl in America, nick-named Orange Peel by her parents, is an adorable book to introduce Chinese culture and or "Show and Tell" in the elementary classroom. Being from America, Orange Peel must go around the neighborhood and ask Chinese adults questions about China to learn about it herself ...more
The Styling Librarian
Orange Peel’s Pocket by Rose Lewis, illustrated by Grace Zong -I brought this book home and my son promptly read it three times in a row. “I love this book!” It was about a little girl living in America learning information about China from her elders after students asked her during school time. Really quite a cute story with all the people she talked with giving her little surprises that connect with their story in her pocket. I highly recommend. Especially simply for guiding a discussion on pr ...more
Xiaohui Yang
Feb 08, 2013 Xiaohui Yang rated it really liked it
As a pairing for Allison, Orange Peel’s Pocket tells a special experience of 5-year-old girl Orange Peel, who was adopted from China. She sought to know things about China by asking the Chinese grown-ups in her city, and shared her findings and treasures that people secretly slipped into her pocket with her classmates. The fantabulous illustrations by Graze Zong drove me to order this book on Amazon for my own PSB collection. It’s a great book for teaching young kids adoption and things about Ch ...more
Sam Bloom
Apr 20, 2010 Sam Bloom rated it it was ok
Not terribly impressed by this one. It really annoyed me when the class expected Orange Peel to know everything about China, just because she was born there... and nothing more is said about it! The teacher doesn't comment/intervene, Orange Peel feels self-conscious, and that's the end of it. I feel like that doesn't send a very good message to the reader - we should NOT expect people to be the "spokesperson," so to speak, for their race/country of origin. The rest of the story is maudlin and su ...more
Tywanna Robb
Oct 24, 2012 Tywanna Robb rated it it was amazing
Orange Peel's Pocket By Rose Lewis and Illustrated by Grace Zong tells a story of a Chinese born girl who was adopted and came to the united states. She is not really aware of her place of origins culture. She goes on a journey throughout her town to speak with Chinese immigrants. Each person gave her something to remind her of where she came from. She was able to take a piece of her culture wherever she goes. This gave her the comfort that she needs.
It is a good piece to include while teaching
Jul 07, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This book caught my attention because it is about cross-cultural adoption, a topic that I've been interested in for a while. Unlike Allen Say's Allison, this book does not really address the topic with layers of depth--it is really just a straightforward story. In many ways, it's far too simplistic. However, it's a nice, albeit stereotypical story that addresses a topic not commonly addressed in children's literature.
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 30, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was ok
I like the idea behind the story, but the execution fell flat. I find it hard to believe that Orange Peel's adoptive parents wouldn't teach her about her native country prior to kindergarten and it's discouraging to think her teacher would assume she is an expert on China simply because she is Chinese-American. It also doesn't make any sense that Orange Peel wears the same dress two days in a row - otherwise how would she be unaware that the ice cream lady put a treasure in her pocket?
Orange Peel visits other Chinese immigrants in her neighborhood to learn more about her cultural heritage. I think this book would be a great opening to discussions about culture with younger children. Readers could collect artifacts and stories about their backgrounds, just like Orange Peel.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 03, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Okay multicutlural story. Could use some more finesse.
May 20, 2014 Bethany rated it liked it
Pretty cute story and art, but ends abruptly. Good story for making predictions and fostering critical thinking.
May 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Great fun way to learn things about China. A sweet tale.
Deana Pittman
Oct 12, 2012 Deana Pittman rated it it was amazing
Abbi really loved this one. Her favorite part was when everyone kept sneaking things into Orange Peel's pocket. She identified with the little girl in the story. We had to read it twice.
Abby Ratliff
Sep 26, 2014 Abby Ratliff rated it really liked it
All kids have felt singled out like Orange Peel, but she uses that to learn about her own heritage. This would be a great way to discuss where we came from and our differences.

Genre: picture book
Mary Train
Mar 17, 2010 Mary Train rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I fear that this book oversimplifies the meaning of culture and birth country for adoptees and anyone else reading it.
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