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The Ugly Vegetables

by Grace Lin

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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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Summary: a Chinese-American girl first not acknowledging the vegetables that are grown in her garden because they looked different from others who grew flower. She eventually learn to love her plants because they can make delicious soup that she loves and that everyone else wants to try.
  Yuping | Nov 30, 2022 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is about a girl who asks questions about why they are doing things differently in their garden than their neighbors. Her mom explains to her that they are planting vegetables from China. The girl is sad because she wants her garden to be blooming with colorful flowers, but when she smells the food being made inside, she realized how happy she was with the soup made from their vegetables. Soon, all the neighbors were over with flowers in exchange for soup and the next year, the neighbors planted Chinese vegetables next to their flowers and the girl planted flowers next to her Chinese vegetables. I think this would be a good book for primary students and would be a good tool to use before diving into various cultures.
  Makenzie-Thatch | Apr 22, 2022 |
This would be a nice book for primary or intermediate students. This book is about a Chinese mother and daughter who are creating a garden in their backyard. This garden contains many vegetables from China, and the young girl believes their garden is ugly compared to their neighbors who have many of the common flowers found in the United States in their garden. When harvest season comes, the little girl's mother makes a delicious soup filled with the vegetables from the garden, the entire neighborhood comes with flowers to exchange for a chance to get to try the soup, and the next year all their neighbors grow plants from China. This book was helpful because even though it calls the vegetables ugly, it shows the ways they are beautiful in how they make good food and bring people together. I think this book would be great to use in a lesson where I talk about different kinds of vegetables and foods in different countries and cultures.
  ledambrockman | Mar 22, 2021 |
Primary; Intermediate; Realistic Fiction; This is a sweet story of a young girl and her mother growing a garden of Chinese vegetables while their neighbors grew flowers. The girl was sad that her garden was ugly, but when they harvested the vegetables the girl's mother made soup and all the neighbors came bringing flowers in exchange for dinner. The next year, each house had a garden of flowers and Chinese vegetables. This would be a great read aloud book or an independent reading book! ( )
  MaggieRemy | Mar 22, 2021 |
For beginning readers. The illustrations are very colorful and engaging. A young Chinese girl learns to appreciate her culture and the differences she has with others. The community bonds over her mothers vegetable soup, and they trade ideas and become a community who appreciates differences and shares. It's a great book to learn more about Chinese culture and to show an example of a supportive community. ( )
  Bhadley | Mar 22, 2021 |
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2 editions of this book were published by Charlesbridge.

Editions: 1570914915, 0881063363


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