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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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The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin



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This is a book about a mother and a daughter who are growing a garden of Chinese vegetables that are different than everyone else's gardens. At first the daughter is sad that her family isn't growing lovely vegetables like everyone else but then she comes to realize that the vegetables are delicious and everyone in her neighborhood does to.
  BurgessMeredith | Feb 6, 2017 |
I liked this book for many reasons. The books tells a story of a Chinese mother and daughter gardening in the spring. Throughout the story as the mother is gardening, the daughter notices differences between the way her mother is gardening and the way her neighbors are garden and she becomes discouraged. The daughter is upset because her garden is not as colorful as her neighbors. But at the end of the story she realizes how wonderful her garden is and how tasty the Chinese vegetables are because the neighbors all come to her house asking to trade their flowers for some of the soup her mother made from the Chinese vegetables in her garden. The illustrations in this book are very unique and extremely colorful, they capture the readers attention. The language used throughout the story is very detailed, for example the daughter say, "I looked, but saw only black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few yellow flowers." Another reason liked this book was that i thought it was an excellent multicultural text I could use in my future classroom. The story is about Chinese food culture and even has the Chinese words for the different vegetables they grew, along with the pronunciation to help the reader say the word properly. Overall this book teaches children that having a different culture than your peers is a good thing and that it should be embraced and shared. I really enjoyed reading this book.
  Sierra_Lawson | Nov 1, 2016 |
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 |
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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!

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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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