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Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding (2006)

by Lenore Look

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A Chinese American girl describes the festivities of her uncle's Chinese wedding and the customs behind them.

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A young girl (Jenny) is upset that her favorite Uncle is spending his Saturday getting married instead of spending time with her. Unlike American Culture the bride in this story wears a Red dress. Jenny pulls a sneaky trick on the bride. She ends up telling her mother why she is upset. The bride gives Jenny a gift and tells her that she loves her.

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This is very darling, it features the Chinese wedding traditions such as the gifts that were given, the location of the wedding, and the bride’s dress. It also displays a person vs person conflict with the main character. It also had some really nice imagery.

Classroom:
Paint coffee filters to look like butterflies just like in the story. Discuss the meaning or the butterfly in Chinese culture.
Have students write a short story about a relative that they love and have fun with.
Count birdseed, since throwing birdseed is a common tradition. Integrate it into a math lesson. ( )
  avandever | Oct 20, 2017 |
Jenny's favorite uncle is getting married, and this story shows us her love for him as well as what the ceremony for a Chinese wedding looks like.
  edwardcandler | Feb 3, 2017 |
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look is about a young girl named Jenny who is afraid that she won't be her Uncle Peter's favorite girl anymore once he gets married to his bride Stella, so she goes about trying to spoil the festivities. The feeling of jealousy that Jenny displays is certainly one that most children will relate to. The story is also funny and entertaining. I also think that we need more Multicultural children's books to be read aloud and this is a great example of a diverse book that children would love to have read to them. ( )
  mpielak | Mar 11, 2016 |
Peter, Jenny's favorite uncle, is getting married and everyone is happy, but Jenny. As friends and family get ready for the traditional Chinese wedding, Jenny can only shed a few tears and go along with the events that take place. Everything seems to be falling apart for Jenny because she is worried she will no longer get to hang out with her super cool uncle like she used to.
Jenny attempts to put a stop to the whole thing, hoping she would be able to hold onto her uncle. She tries to pull him away when he reaches out for his bride, Stella. Then Jenny hides the tea when Stella was supposed to serve the family during the traditional tea ceremony.
After the ceremony comes to an end, Peter and Stella say their goodbyes. Jenny, still sulking, is given a pleasant surprise. Stella gave her a small box and allowed her to release the butterflies. Then Stella told Jenny she loved her. At that moment, Jenny completely changed her mind about Stella and welcomed her into the family.
Change can be a scary thing for anyone. Children especially struggle with it, which is why this would be a great story for young readers. Jenny is unwilling to accept change at first, but gladly welcomes Stella into the family in the end. This goes to show that change can be a good thing. It's not as bad as we make it out to be. ( )
  srmorgan | Mar 3, 2016 |
Jenny's favorite uncle, Peter, is getting married to Stella and Jenny is none too happy about it. She sufferingly endures the various Chinese wedding traditions: bargaining for the bride, the tea ceremony, the bed-jumping ceremony, the changes of clothes, and yes, the kissing. It seems everyone is happy for Peter except Jenny. Her new aunt Stella doesn't forget her though, and saves a special job for her first and only niece: releasing a box of butterflies at the end of the wedding. The story of loss and jealousy is presented with affection and humor; the description of cultural traditions are not only interesting but fun.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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The team behind Henry's First-Moon Birthday here follows a boisterous modern-day Chinese family through a traditional wedding and again lets readers in on some unusual customs. Jen once again narrates, teaching about such traditions as bargaining for the bride ("to show how much [the groom will] give for her love")-but with a heavy dose of humor ("First Uncle Peter offers bus tokens. Then an earring")-and bridal clothing ("red red red to bring good luck"). But between the lines, she also reveals her sadness about losing her best buddy-Uncle Peter-to someone else ("I'm his special girl. Just me. I am the jelly on his toast. And the leaves in his tea. Now, I am an umbrella turned inside out"). Nothing seems to go Jen's way: her cousins get candy, while she's left with tofu chips, and during the wedding pictures she feels like "cosmic dust." Fortunately the happy-go-lucky artwork echoes the day's joyous mayhem and provides a clue that she won't be unhappy for long. Heo decorates the pages with background details that tie in with the text-toast with jelly, cooing lovebirds, entwined rings and even the heroine's miserable expression. While the book is a fascinating look at Chinese wedding rituals, it's a standout because of its appealing narrator. With her true-to-life voice, Jen conveys real feeling-making her a memorable model to kids facing change. Ages 4-8.
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