FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A Chinese-American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten. ... Read more
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Apple Pie 4th of July
Janet S. Wong(1962-) was born in Los Angeles.She graduated from UCLA with her B.A in history and then Yale Law School. She worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as a lawyer.However, she changed her career from a lawyer to a writer for children's literature.Janet has achieved many successes as a result of her career change, and she and her books have received many awards and honors.She has a Korean-American mother and a Chinese-American father, and these three different cultures are shown on her books.
"Apple Pie 4th of July" also shows a different cultural aspect from America in the point of view of young girl.A girl who was born in America could not understand her parents who prepare to sell Chinese food even on 4th of July.She feels dissatisfaction about her parents since she thinks her parents do not understand the America Holiday. She wants to enjoy the America Holiday like other Americans but she is disappointed with the differences of her parents from others.The clear and colorful illustration describes well her feelings through her facial expressions.The girl full of discontent says, "Chow mein? Chinese food on the Fourth of July? No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July." Many children who have a different culture from the major culture where they live sometimes might feel shame or uncomfortable about their own culture.The parents and teachers need to let children whose culture is either the majority or minority know the variety of cultures in the world.In not only various countries, but also different homes in the same country, their own cultures exist.When children read this book, they can think about the diversity of cultures, and the parents and teachers need to guide children to have the correct concept about cultures.
Wong, J. S. (2002). Apple Pie 4th of July. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc.
Short and Fun
Very unique book that offers a realistic perspective on Chinese-American children. Can be used with any other culture when teaching children about adapting to the American way of life.
A Multitude of Functions in the Classroom
"Apple Pie 4th of July" (2002) by Janet S. Wong ("This Next New Year","Buzz") could have a multitude of functions in your classroom, depending on the age of your students and your subject. For older students in Language Arts (3rd-5th), this book will provide an example of character development. In this story, a Chinese-American girl tells her Chinese parents that their customers do not want to eat Chinese food on the 4th of July. The girl believes that people only want American food like apple pie on such an American holiday. Her parents continue with their plans of offering Chinese food in their market.Your students will enjoy reading about this girl and discovering whether or not she is correct.You will appreciate the manner in which Ms. Wong develops this character. Since the girl's parents were born in China, this book will function as an introduction to immigration for younger students (K-2). As the girl is living within two cultures, this book will serve you well in a unit on multiculturalism (K-2).You should include in any discussion the colorful illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine and the fact that the girl is dressed in red, white and blue. The illustrations depict a cultural blend of the traditional 4th of July parade and fireworks with Chinese main characters and foods.
4th of July is about Apple Pie!
I did like the story.I read it to my 7 yearold son and we thought it was a good story to read.The little girl in the story did not think that her food that her parents prepared and sold would be something Americans ate on their holiday celebration of the 4th of July.How wonderful to be in America and have a place that makes oriental foods right down the street from whereever we live. The little girl is surprised that customers do start coming and her mother and father are quite busy preparing the food.The parents are not surprised, they seem to understand a little better than their daughter about the retaurant business in America.Americans love to eat!
Apple Pie review
I found the book great at identifying the problems Asian Americans face growing up in the American culture.
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