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Apple pie 4th of July / Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.

Wong, Janet S. (Author).
Book Book (2002.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
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  • ISBN: 015202543X :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.
Authors: Chodos-Irvine, Margaret, (ill.).
Alternate Title: Apple pie fourth of July
Citation: Wong, Janet S. "Apple pie 4th of July." San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 2002
    /*Starred Review*/ PreS.-Gr. 2. "No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July," says a young Chinese American girl, sulking because she's stuck at her parents' food store, missing the parade and the holiday clamor. At first the day feels interminable: there are only a few customers, no one buys the homemade Chow Mein, and the girl thinks, "My parents do not understand all American things. They were not born here." But then, at dinnertime, hungry celebrators crowd in; they want Chinese food, and the line stretches down the block. Later, when the store is closed, the girl joins her parents on the roof for fireworks and a neighbor's apple pie. Wong's message is clear; Chinese food is American. But this powerful, simple reminder is gracefully woven into an appealing story with believable characters and emotions, written in the girl's spare, lyrical voice. Chodos-Irvine, who also illustrated Wong's attractive Buzz (2000), captures the story's uncluttered, elemental qualities in opaque prints that resemble paper cutouts. Vibrant, colorful spreads keep the focus on the girl, using body language to accentuate first her discomfort and boredom, and then her pride as she hands out cartons of takeout. This excellent read-aloud will partner well with books that emphasize American patriotism, such as Lynne Cheney's America: A Patriotic Primer [BKL Je 1 & 15 02]. ((Reviewed August 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
  • 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.
  • 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.

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