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The Ugly Vegetables (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-19 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 27 user ratings
ISBN:0613791347
LANGUAGE:English

"Could be used for a preschool storytime or a after school gardening activity. A little girl wants to know why her mommy isn't planting flowers like the rest of the neighbors. Mom responds by telling her that they are planting a chinese vegetable garden. When the neighbors smell the delicious vegetables cooking in a soup they come over with their beautiful flowers to trade for the delicious soup. There is a glossary of the chinese vegetables in the back of the book as well as a recipe for the soup." said.

"Grace Lin's debut book provides a gorgeous visual precursor of her stunning art to be showcased 10 years later in her Newbery Honor winning novel, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" (which also is on the Common Core State Standards Exemplar Text list).

In "Ugly Vegetables", Ms. Lin expresses a strong sense for the Joy of Color and a cross-cultural take on a young child's Delight in Nature (through yummy, unfamiliar Chinese vegetables).

Recommended, especially as part of an author study while prepping for, or comparing to, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon".
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"The Ugly Vegetables is a book about appreciating culture and diversity. It is a story of a young girl and mother who plant a garden. Throughout the different stages in the garden the young girl is questioning her mother and ashamed of the type of garden they are planting and wishing it looked more like their neighbor's garden. The young girl is from an Asian culture (and right now the culture is drawing a blank) and her neighbor's garden is the "American" version of what a garden looks like.

I like this story because it teaches the students two things: how to make a garden and to be proud of who they are and where they came from. It is a really great book that has a powerful message as well. This book is great for working on the reading skills: compare and contrast as well as sequencing.

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"1.This story gives a different prespective on gardening,and becomes a great introduction to Asian vegetables. It also offers an ugly Vegetables soup recipe.
2.This story offers multicultural look on Asian gardening triditions.
3.In this story community is celebrated, and the joy of gardening is share by all.



Extended Activity

There are many Asian makets in my community,and I have access to many of the asia triditions and people. I would like to get the vegetables that were mentioned in the story such as: Jeon Tsay(chinese leek), Torng Han, Sy Gua(see gwa, Kuu Gua(coo gwa) Fwo Loo Fwo(foo loo foo). This will be a great story to be read in the spring and summer when planting and gardening are promoted in most classroom unit ideas. We might be unable to plant these vegetables, but I would like to have someone from the community to come and talk about the vegetables
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"One of my colleagues has chosen to do a 'food' year with her primary students. They will study gardens, growing in the wild, different cultures, cooking, and any other topic connected to food. We share many picture books and I count it as a pleasure whenever I can find a book about food that she doesn't know. I learn a lot from her about books, but also about teaching the youngest students in our school. Recently she shared this book with me, and I am excited to review it. It tells about a young girl who wonders why her mother is planting vegetables, digging deep into the earth with shovels while the neighbors plant flowers with trowels. It is hard work. But when the vegetables are finally grown, harvested, and made into soup, the neighbors show up at the door with flowers so they can trade for a bowl of that wonderfully smelling soup. These are Chinese vegetables, which Grace Lin so beautifully explains in the story, and adds more information in the back matter, along with the recipe. Illustrations are so colorful, filling pages with happy scenes of gardening. It's a terrific book that celebrates cultural differences in quite a tasty way. " said.

"I love this book because it could show children how to have pride in their family traditions & not be embarrassed. This is the story of a Chinese girl who lives in a neighborhood where everyone seems to be planting a garden. As she helps her mom plant their garden, she notices that everyone else in the neighborhood is planting flowers, but her mom is planting vegetables. She complains but her mom tells her that, "These are better than flowers." The girl is OK with this until...she notices that the vegetables coming up look ugly. "Before long our vegetables grew. Some were big and lumpy. Some were thin and green and covered with bumps. Some were just plain icky yellow. They were ugly vegetables."

She is very disappointed and embarrassed. Her mom tells her the Chinese names of the vegetables: names like sheau hwang gua and shiann tsay and torng hau. After her mom makes vegetable soup, the neighborhood wonders what the wonderful smell is. The mom invites the neighbors over for soup and gives them soup to take home. Finally the girl appreciates her family's garden. [Note: In the back of the book there is a list of Chinese vegetables and how to pronounce their names.]

After I read this book to my class, I could show real American vegetables that the children aren't familiar with. Most city children don't know what an eggplant, leek, or radish looks like.
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" A mom and her daughter plant a garden when all their neighbors are planting flowers in the spring. They plant Chinese vegetables, but the daughter wishes they had planted flowers until her mom harvests the vegetables and cooks up a delicious soup. " said.

" This book made me so happy; I wish it was around when I was little! I always wondered why our garden was never as "pretty" as our neighbors, and then on the return side of that, wondered why the other gardens weren't edible (harsh life lesson - not all plants are edible, no matter how much they look like spinach). Wonderful story and artwork! " said.

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