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Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin

Fortune Cookie Fortunes

by Grace Lin

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This is a fun and lively tribute to the Asian-American treat, the fortune cookie. The simple text is easy to read, and it is fun finding out if the fortunes will come true.

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Curricular connections: used in a unit about where cultural foods or traditions come from. The explanation about the history of fortune cookies could lead to further explorations of where and how this or similar foods originated. ( )
  linnea_simon | Feb 5, 2016 |
Although this book was fictional, it had many interesting facts about Asian food. I enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. The first reason I enjoyed this book was the illustrations. The patterns in the clothes and table clothes are fine detailed paper surrounded by paint to create these wonderful characters and settings. I thought this was an interesting way to create these beautifully done illustrations. My favorite illustration was on the very last page that had a fortune cookie that read, “You have just read a good book ☺”. I thought this was an adorable personal touch that the author placed strategically at the end of the book. Another reason I enjoyed this book was for the facts that were provided at the end of the book. There is a fact section that provided many details about where the fortune cookies originated. The book states that fortune cookies “can be considered one of the first Asian American foods”. The fact section goes on to say that fortune cookies started here in America but have roots in Chinese and Japanese culture. I enjoyed the informational pieces that were found in the back of the book. The main idea of this book is to share positive fortunes and seeing the world in an optimistic manner. ( )
  vharsh1 | Nov 19, 2014 |
Personal Response: Fun book. The pictures are very detailed and the concept is a bit tricky. It combines cookie fortunes with observations of the world through the eyes of family members. A good moral or creative writing story starter on being positve.

Curriculum/Program Connection: Needs a bit more introduction than many books. Need to discuss fortune cookies before telling the story. Lots of opportunity to connect with Asian culture, Asian foods and a happy positive moral.
  dingo207 | Jun 8, 2010 |
The main character in the story does not have a name but she is flat and dynamic. We know almost nothing about her as a person or about her life, but as the story unfolds she does have a change in her thinking. She first does not believe that fortunes from the cookies come true but as she starts observing her family, she realizes that all of their fortunes and hers too have come true. By the end of the book she believes that the fortunes that you get inside of the fortune cookies are true. Her character is revealed through her own narration and thoughts as well as her facial expressions. This book is an example of realistic fiction. This story is set in present day and the main characters are realistic and believable. Her experiences with fortune cookies could be experiences that many now could have experienced themselves. Many can relate to her story because fortune cookies are very prevalent in Chinese American restaurants.
Art Media: gouache
Appropriate Age: Primary ( )
  annikasmith | Oct 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440421926, Paperback)

Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But Pacy isn’t so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy’s fortune: “You will see the world in a new way”? Well, yes, it’s true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies!

This exhuberantly illustrated story about every kid’s favorite part of a Chinese meal also includes a brief history of the fortune cookie.

What will your fortune be? Crack! Open up a cookie and find out.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:18 -0400)

After a young Chinese American girl opens fortune cookies with her family, she notices that the fortunes seem to come true. Includes brief notes on the history of the fortune cookie.

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