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The Year of the Fortune Cookie (An Anna Wang novel) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings
ISBN:0544105192
LANGUAGE:English

" Great early chapter book about growing up and figuring out who you are, from the perspective of a Chinese American girl on a trip to China. I liked he illustrations too--just enough to add to the scenes they depicted. " said.

" I liked this book more than I thought I would. Even without having read the previous two titles, I didn't feel I was missing out on any important plot points. I do want to continue reading the series, though. These books would be perfect for the Ivy and Bean readers featuring a more diverse cast of characters and slightly weightier topics like cultural identity and adoption. " said.

" Third time is the charm, or rather, lucky with this series. Not that the other two are not good, but I think this one trumps them both. Of course, more goes on as Anna travels to China and starts middle school. Both of those adventures are treated with simplicity and pithy prose. Great series for the middle reader. " said.

" The third in this series about Anna finding her way and her identity in ways both ordinary and exceptional. These stories will be good for mature or more thoughtful independent readers, as well as older challenged readers who will enjoy the complexities of the relationships as well as the short chapters. The story line and subtleties may be lost on very young readers, however. " said.

" A short book about a 6th grade girl exploring the concept of being Chinese-American. The third book in the series.I like the fact that these books are short and a little easier to read than many books featuring upper elementary and middle school kids. I wish the books had a slightly more mature cover. Between their shorter length and their pastel covers some kids think they are meant for little kids. " said.

"Summary:
The third volume in the Anna Wang series, this juvenile chapter book follows Anna as she makes new friends, helps a couple in the process of adopting a baby, and discovers her identity. Aimed toward upper elementary readers, especially fans of Junie B. Jones, Ramona, etc.

Review:
A great novel for young readers to explore the idea of differences in culture, personalities, and environments. Anna is inquisitive, compassionate, and most of all, open and honest about what she's learning about herself and the world around her. Whether in Cincinnati or Beijing, she thoughtfully approaches the situations in her life so that readers can share in her perceptions and lessons learned. Great for sparking conversations about diversity and relationship. Highly recommended.
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"In this third book about Anna Wang, she finally has the chance to go to China. The adopted baby has come through for her former teacher Ms. Sylvester, and as promised, Ms. Sylvester will take Anna with to China to pick up the baby. Unfortunately, though, Anna's mother has just started a new job and cannot go with, but is willing to let Anna travel with the Sylvesters. As Anna prepares for the trip, she is also making new friends in Middle School, and getting involved in the Community Service club. This is an excellent book about figuring out who you are, and how that feeling changes in different situations. It also contains Chinese words and a great deal of information about Beijing. Recommended for grades 3-6. " said.

"Who knew that fortune cookies are a US product, not China?
I very much enjoyed Cheng’s “The Year of the Book” and this keeps Anna’s story going as we are brought deeper into her family. We get to know her mother’s story, her little sister’s story, and Anna develops her own story as she explores what it means to be American-born of a Chinese mother.
Through journaling, traveling, and homework, she discovers how she is unique, how she is the same as others, and that a little of both is a good thing. Just as “The Year of the Book” give us subtle encouragement and purposes to read, this book shows many authentic writing opportunities.
I have not read “The Year of the Baby” but will order it soon for my school library. Not having read it did not seriously interfere with this volume, but I there were some things I did not understand. For example, only through inference could I figure out who Ken was. Do I see another book featuring him or was he in the last book I missed? Will have to read and find out!
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