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Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong
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Apple Pie Fourth of July

by Janet S. Wong

Other authors: Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Illustrator)

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As the girl open's her family story on the 4th of July, she thinks "no one eats Chinese food on 4th of July." She waits all day for people to come into the store and heard the parade outside but she continues to say, "no one eats Chinese food on 4th of July." Then all of a sudden, people walk into the story hungry and ready to eat some Chinese food. At the end of the day, she enjoys her American apple pie on the rooftop and watches the fireworks to celebrate the holiday in her new country. ( )
  GrantHebert | Feb 16, 2019 |
This book was a good way in seeing how children of immigrants feel. The main character, a little Chinese girl, who was born in the United States does not understand why her Chinese parents, who own a Chinese shop, are not closed on the 4th of July and why they are not making American food on the 4th of July. The girl gets very annoyed with her parents, but then realizes that people do want Chinese food on the 4th of July. The girl ends up realizing that her heritage is just as important as the American heritage. She understands that her parents heritage is important to them and that their work is important to them too. The girl ends up getting her apple pie, but she has to understand how important her heritage is to her before that happens. The book is well-written and the message of heritage is an important theme throughout the book. Students will be able to see how important it is for them to appreciate their heritage and appreciate the heritage of the people who came before them. ( )
  mmanle7 | Apr 17, 2017 |
I liked this book for many reasons. In general I thought that this story was very interesting. I liked how the author wrote a viewpoint of someone who was not american and showed young readers how they celebrate or didn't celebrate an american holiday. The illustrations in the book were very well drawn and they fit in well with the mood of the story. At first the main character was very sad because she didn't think that anyone would get Chinese food on the 4th of July and that her family just didn't understand. You could see those emotions in the pictures. But when she realizes that there are other people like her and that some people do get Chinese food on this holiday she seems to be happier and you can see that in the illustrations. The main idea of this book would be that you can have the best of two words.. since she is a Chinese girl in america she can experience both cultures.
  MackenzieVenezia | Dec 10, 2016 |
Summary (Spoilers): A little girl is frustrated with her family for not being more "American" on the 4th of July. She is a Chinese-American, but her family do not seem to be American enough for her. She does not understand why her parents have their Chinese food restaurant open on Independence day, because everyone is supposed to be having BBQ's and apple pie on the 4th of July.

She gets increasingly more agitated at her family, as she watches people outside the store/restaurant participate on more traditional American 4th of July activities, like eating ice-cream and watching the parade.

Our protagonist finally is able to see that being an American means more than simply eating the "right food", as she witnesses people bustle into the restaurant looking to eat some Chinese food on one of the "most American" American holidays.
  AnnaSavage | Dec 6, 2016 |
Summary: A Chinese American girl tries to tell her parents that they should not have Chinese food on the fourth of July, because she can smell Laura's apple pies in the oven. Her parents tell her that fireworks are Chinese.
Personal reaction: The book teaches a good lesson and does a good job of incorporating both cultures.
Classroom extension idea:
1.) Explore other cultures, and bring food to taste from around the world.
2.) Students can dress in their favorite culturally apparel, if they have any. ( )
  GiselleNieto | Oct 27, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 015202543X, Hardcover)

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.

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A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

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