Apple Pie Fourth of July

Apple Pie Fourth of July

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No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July, I say. We're in apple-pie America, and my parents are cooking chow mein! . . . They just don't get it. Americans do not eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July. Right?

Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on this 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 lesson of her own.

This award-winning author-illustrator team returns with a lighthearted look at the very American experience of mixed cultures. 8-1/2 X 11. Full-color illustrations

Author Biography: Janet S. Wong is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young readers, including Buzz, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, which was an ABA Pick of the Lists, and The Trip Back Home, illustrated by Bo Jia. She lives in Medina, Washington.

Margaret Chodos-Irvine trained as a painter and printmaker, and her artwork has appeared on many book jackets and cards. Her first picture book was Buzz, written by Janet S. Wong, which was an ABA Pick of the Lists. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152025434
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

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–winning Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, which she also wrote. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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"Explores the child's experience of straddling two cultures—and serves up an ending as satisfying as sweet-and-sour pork and a crusty dessert."—The Washington Post

"Vibrant, colorful . . . [An] excellent read-aloud."—Booklist

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Apple Pie Fourth of July 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
josier80 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully simple story about the immigrant experience. I love that the little girl doesn't think her parents can really understand the fourth of july (and Americans) because they were not born here, but maybe they do understand because people do buy chinese food on the fourth of july. I think the book is so simple and yet, addresses possible immigrant feeling towards the fourth of july and frustrations between new immigrants and their children who were born here. I think kids would really like this book and it would give them some interesting things to discuss.
sandiwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a Chinese little girl who doesn't understand why her parents are making Chinese food in their store on the Fourth of July or why her parents think Americans want to eat Chinese food on this big American holiday. After all, her parents have lived in America for most of their lives, so why don't they understand? Then after waiting most of the day for customers to come in and eat that evening the store gets a rush of customers wanting Chinese food. I guess her parents do understand after all.
Ju_Rocks More than 1 year ago
I am a first generation Asian parent who related to the little girl's feeling about Chinese food on an "American" holiday. I read it to my 5 year old daughter who didn't seem to like or dislike it. So we didn't buy it.