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The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

The Ugly Vegetables (edition 2009)

by Grace Lin, Grace Lin (Author), Grace Lin (Illustrator)

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Title:The Ugly Vegetables
Authors:Grace Lin
Other authors:Grace Lin (Author), Grace Lin (Illustrator)
Info:Charlesbridge Publishing (2009), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Asian American, Realistic Fiction, Picture Book
Tags:Chinese cultural, factual, fun, recipe included

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Incorporates different ways people can contribute as a whole, and that every part counts.
Pierce College Library System
  E.V. | Jun 13, 2016 |
A nice story about family and culture, and understanding what makes your culture special and unique. It is interesting to compare this early work of Grace Lin's to some of her later books. The writing is similar, but I think her style of painting has developed quite a lot since she wrote this book (my edition was published in 1999). While it is still similar in style to her later works, and done in the same medium, it does not seem as polished or vibrant as her later works. The illustrations are still charming, however.

Curricular connections: would make for a nice comparison of how aspects of our families, food, and lives are influenced by our cultures. Students could discuss or write about favorite foods from their own cultures. ( )
  linnea_simon | Feb 6, 2016 |
Great message. Love the recipe for Ugly Vegetable Soup in the back. ( )
  kimpiddington | Nov 5, 2015 |
Ages 2-9
The neighborhood grew flowers while her mom grew ugly vegetables. When time to pick from the garden,play outside the little girl notice people stiffing the air as if they could eat the smell. It was coming from her house. Neighbors came knocking on their door with flowers and telling how the food she was cooking smelled so good. She gave a bowl and to others as well. Next year everyone and both ugly vegetables and flowers in their garden. ( )
  SamIam4 | Mar 2, 2015 |
I really liked the book “The Ugly Vegetable” by Grace Lin. I enjoyed the child like illustrations that showed the different neighbor’s flower gardens, especially as they contrasted the vegetable garden of the narrator’s mother. The illustrations of the smells of the mother’s soup spreading across the neighborhood do a great job of emphasizing how the mother’s message of patience to her daughter pays off in the end. I liked that the daughter describes her disgust at her mother's garden as it compares to her neighbor’s, not unlike the resentment a young child may feel towards the differences of their own culture. The author does a great job of emphasizing the ways that each culture is unique and special through the eyes of a child coming to this realization on her own.
  awhite43 | Feb 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0881063363, Hardcover)

It’s easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? Author/illustrator Grace Lin recalls such a garden in this charming and eloquent story.

The neighbors’ gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of “black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers” that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that “these are better than flowers.” Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.

The Ugly Vegetables springs forth with the bright and cheerful colors of blooming flowers and bumpy, ugly vegetables. Grace Lin’s colorful, playful illustrations pour forth with abundant treasures. Complete with a guide to the Chinese pronunciation of the vegetables and the recipe for ugly vegetable soup! Try it . . . you’ll love it, too!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:12 -0400)

A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all. Includes a recipe.

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2 editions of this book were published by Charlesbridge.

Editions: 1570914915, 0881063363

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