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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
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Tags:Chinese cultural, factual, fun, recipe included

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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 |
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The author uses simple language and simple word use to explain the feelings of the little girl in the book.For example, you can tell the little girl is happy by the way the author explains it, "Our garden is growing, our garden is growing!" The exclamation point tells the reader that she is exclaiming something loudly. The context clues also help us to tell that she is excited about this because she has been patiently waiting for the garden to grow. The colors in the illustrations also show the disappointment the little girl gets when she sees her garden not as colorful as others in the neighborhood. For example, her garden is green with no other color but the other gardens are more appealing with all the flowers and the different colors growing in them. The story sends the message to readers that although you may not have the best of something or the best looking things this can be beneficial. In the end of the book, the whole neighborhood appreciated the garden because it grew wonderful vegetables that everyone could enjoy. ( )
  mooste2 | Feb 24, 2014 |
"The Ugly Vegetables" is yet another book about cultural diversity. My favorite parts in this book were the recipes and pictures explaining the different Asian foods in the back. I also really enjoyed that by the end of the book when her vegetables were grown and the neighborhood was, "trying to eat the smell.". This book was cute and explained that you should accept your cultural background. The main idea was that although your culture may differ from the majority, it isn't something to be ashamed of; it is something to be proud of. ( )
  CatherineWillett | Feb 18, 2014 |
I loved this book. I thought the illustrations were really nice. The illustrations of the ugly vegetables and the beautiful flowers were representations of what each family grew in their garden. I also liked the actions of the characters. The relationship between the young girl and her mother and the neighbors showed compassion and courtesy when they traded soup for flowers. The big idea of this story is that differences can be good and can bring people together. ( )
  lpicke2 | Feb 13, 2014 |
This was a nice book because it took something that a little girl thought was Ugly and showed what a good thing it really was. The message of the book was kind of “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”. The girl was upset that their garden wasn’t all pretty like the flower gardens of the neighbors. But when her mom picked the ugly vegetables she made soup out of it that was very good. It was also nice because the neighbors all brought her flowers to exchange for the soup because they could smell it cooking and it smelled so nice. I really liked that at the end of the book there was a recipe included for Ugly Vegetable soup and they had illustrations of the vegetables that were labeled in both Chinese and English. That really makes it a great multicultural book of inclusion. ( )
  Madams21 | Feb 12, 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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:04 -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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Editions: 1570914915, 0881063363

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