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Apple Pie Fourth of July
ISBN: 9780152057084
Author: Wong, Janet S./ Chodos-Irvine, Margaret (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2006
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese-American girl tries to tell her parents how things really are. But as the fireworks light the sky, she learns a surprising lesson. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Other, Non-religious
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fourth of July; Fiction.
Cookery, Chinese; Fiction.
Chinese Americans; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2006006493
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian A
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.25" W
Lexile Level: 730
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Holiday/Seasonal, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q32459
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese American girl tries to tell her mother and father how things "really" are. But as the parade passes by and fireworks light the sky, "she" learns a surprising lesson.

Contributor Bio(s):
JANET S. WONG has written many award-winning books for young readers, including two others illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. She lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE' is the illustrator of several highly praised children's books, including the Caldecott Honor–winningElla Sarah Gets Dressed, which she also wrote. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Fall)
""No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July,"" a girl tells her Chinese-American parents, who cook chow mein to sell in their market. As the day wears on with few customers, the girl is disappointed--until a crush of hungry people in the evening proves that chow mein is as American as apple pie. The immigrant experience is handled with good humor; the cheerful mixed-media art portrays cultural details in a matter-of-fact way. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 April #2)
The author and artist teamed for Buzz return for this carefully honed story about a girl's experience as a first-generation Chinese-American. Readers first encounter the unnamed narrator as she looks unhappily out the glass door of her parents' market, open for business even on the Fourth of July. Hearing the "boom, boom, boom" of the approaching parade, sniffing the apple pie baking in a neighbor's oven, she is distracted by the cooking smells from the store's kitchen, where her parents are preparing chow mein and sweet-and-sour pork. "No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July," she tries to explain, and her prediction seems right as the afternoon lengthily unfolds with almost no customers. "My parents do not understand all American things," she reminds herself, "They were not born here." But the evening brings a steady stream of patrons, and the holiday concludes with the family watching fireworks (invented by the Chinese) and eating what else? apple pie. The well-paced text heavily freighted at the beginning and swift by the end reflects the girl's changing emotions and moods. The art resembles cut-paper collage. Chodos-Irvine deploys sharply defined objects in a range of colors and patterns to construct harmonious, forthright compositions that will likely prove inviting to readers of many backgrounds. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 May)
K-Gr 2-This simply told story explores a child's fears about cultural differences and fitting in with understanding and affection. A Chinese-American girl helps her parents open their small neighborhood grocery store every day of the year. However, today is the Fourth of July and her parents just don't understand that customers won't be ordering chow mein and sweet-and-sour pork on this very American holiday. As she spends the day working in the store and watching the local parade, she can't shake her anxiety about her parents' naïveté. When evening arrives along with hungry customers looking "for some Chinese food to go," she is surprised but obviously proud that her parents were right after all: Americans do eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July. Nighttime finds the family atop their roof enjoying fireworks and sharing a neighbor's apple pie. Done in a "variety of printmaking techniques," Chodos-Irvine's illustrations are cheerfully bright and crisp, capturing the spirit of the day as well as the changing emotions of the main character. This second successful collaboration by the creators of Buzz (Harcourt, 2000) is one you won't want to miss.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.