Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an 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 surprising lesson.
About the Author
JANET S. WONG has written many award-winning books for young readers, including two others illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. She lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.
MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE ' is the illustrator of several highly praised children's books, including the Caldecott Honor–winning Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, which she also wrote. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
What People are Saying About This
"Explores the child's experience of straddling two culturesand serves up an ending as satisfying as sweet-and-sour pork and a crusty dessert."The Washington Post
"Vibrant, colorful . . . [An] excellent read-aloud."Booklist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderfully simple story about the immigrant experience. I love that the little girl doesn't think her parents can really understand the fourth of july (and Americans) because they were not born here, but maybe they do understand because people do buy chinese food on the fourth of july. I think the book is so simple and yet, addresses possible immigrant feeling towards the fourth of july and frustrations between new immigrants and their children who were born here. I think kids would really like this book and it would give them some interesting things to discuss.
This book is about a Chinese little girl who doesn't understand why her parents are making Chinese food in their store on the Fourth of July or why her parents think Americans want to eat Chinese food on this big American holiday. After all, her parents have lived in America for most of their lives, so why don't they understand? Then after waiting most of the day for customers to come in and eat that evening the store gets a rush of customers wanting Chinese food. I guess her parents do understand after all.
I am a first generation Asian parent who related to the little girl's feeling about Chinese food on an "American" holiday. I read it to my 5 year old daughter who didn't seem to like or dislike it. So we didn't buy it.