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Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong
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Jul 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: asian-american, female, fiction, picture-book
Read in July, 2010

Apple Pie 4th of July is a charming book about a Chinese-American, little girl. Her parents own a small neighborhood store that sells Chinese food. For more than over half of the book, the young girl struggles internally about why her parents have opened the store on the day of an American holiday. Throughout the book the young girl often tells herself comments like, “My parents do not understand all American things. They were not born here.” Even though customers do not come into the store to buy food during the day, in the evening the store does get a steady flow of customers. At the end of the story, the little girl goes on the roof to watch the fireworks with her Chinese parents. Though the author does not come out and say it, it appears that the little girl understands that customs and traditions can merge and evolve as cultures merge and evolve.

This book would be great for students who are Pre-K through 2nd grade. The illustrations truly say 1,000 words a piece. I feel the children will empathize with the character while becoming more culturally aware. This book could be integrated into units that are about customs and cultures. It could also be helpful to parents who are from another culture, that have an American born child. It may help them understand some of the struggles their children may face internally.
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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth I appreciate your comment that the "illustrations truly say 1,000 words a piece!" What titles do you recommend to pair with this book?


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