Daniel can't wait to get to the candy shop. But Angry words are scrawled on the sidewalk in front of the store and Miz Chu, the owner, is scared. Daniel wants to help--but how?...
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Candy Shop Reviews
At first, I thought this would just be a book about patience. However, at the end I found myself surprised by how the story turned. I could use this book to introduce discrimination and how it is wrong. I could also tell the kids about acceptance and friendship and what to do in those situations.
I started this thinking I wouldn't like it. I assumed it was simply about a boy wanting to get some candy.I was wrong about what the story was about. Kind of. Once I got into it I started appreciating how pleasant, yet stern, the Daniels Aunt Thelma was. I also liked the glimpses into city life - any suburban child will like seeing the differences I would think. The author does this without getting so into it she loses the reader.In the story, Daniel and Aunt Thelma are walking through their neighborhood to the candy store. When they approach there is a crowd of people all huddled around and the candy shop owner, Miz Chu is obviously upset.This is where it gets a little tricky. I suppose Wahl left things a little up in the air here because, after all, this is a children's book. But it's somewhat unclear as to what actually happens. As an adult I can figure out that someone wrote something negative on the concrete in front of Miz Chu's shop. Can kids figure this out? And once they do what will they assume was written? I would have liked things to be a little more laid out. Not an actual derogatory statement of course, but just something to the effect of what actually happened. As it is, it isn't until at least 6 pages after seeing Miz Chu upset that the reader sees Daniel, kneeling outside on the concrete with a bucket of soap and water, washing the words away. This was after a good bit of other things in the story, some very minor and taking away from the severity of the story. I love that Daniel takes it upon himself to not just feel sympathy but to actually take steps to do the right thing and make Miz Chu feel better. I love the unity between the races. I do not like how Aunt Thelma speaks to the crowd outside the shop. What right does she - or anyone - have to come out yelling telling people to move and get away. Aunt Thelma would have been in for a surprise had Eva been outside. She only would have waved her umbrella in my face once.Let me be clear, she didn't come out swinging or anything. There is no violence. I just can't really relate to the author having Daniel do what he did, in response to such ignorance, and then his Aunt coming out in what was basically an ignorant way.It's not often I come across a book so backwards and a book that makes me feel so backwards. Julia thought the story was okay but I will admit to changing the Aunt's actions and words there towards the end. I did like that Julia picked right up on why Miz Chu was upset. (I wish she didn't have to have that kind of knowledge, now or ever, but since it's a part of our world I want her to be in the know.) Personally I'd have liked to see a few things a little different and it would have been a five star book for me.
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-2) Reading level: 2.5 (Lexile 397L) Genre: Multicultural, Realistic Fiction Main Characters: Daniel, Aunt Thelma, Miz Chu Setting: Daniel's home and surrounding neighborhood in an urban area (probably New York). POV: from DanielDaniel, a young African American boy, likes to dress up and play cowboy while working on chores for his Aunt Thelma. She gives him two quarters after he is finished sweeping. Daniel goes shopping with his Aunt Thelma and has saved a dollar fifty to spend at the Candy Shop. Before they go to the Candy Shop, Daniel and his Aunt Thelma stop at the Bon Ton to buy a hat and an umbrella. Daniel is restless to get to the Candy Shop, but plays with the store calico cat to keep busy. After Bon Ton, Daniel buys an apple for himself and his aunt for 25 cents at Tichenor’s grocery. The trip to the Candy Shop is further postponed because Daniel needs a haircut, so they make a stop at Fuzzy William’s barbershop. When they finally arrive at the Candy Shop, they see a crowd of people staring at something written on the sidewalk. The owner of the store, Miz Chu, who is from Taiwan, is seen crying. Aunt Thelma comforts her inside the shop and Daniel decides to be a real cowboy and erase the mean words on the sidewalk with a soapy brush. Aunt Thelma shoos the crowd away with her new umbrella. Miz Chu gives Daniel candy and does not want his four shiny quarters. They invite Miz Chu to share a sweet potato pie at their home. I would use this book to talk about having respect for others, exploring issues of social justice, and taking social action. I think the most important of these is the social action, since ultimately Daniel is the one who takes action and cleans up the sidewalk, which is both empowering to know that as a child you can make a difference.
Grade/interest level: Pre-k - Kindergarten Reading level: 2.1Genre: FictionMain Characters: DanielSetting: Un-named setting possibly CaliforniaPOV: DanielCandy Shop is a story about a young boy who decided he could make a difference in his community. Daniel waited eagerly all day to make the trip to the candy store with his Aunt Thelma. After completing his chores and running a few errands, he finally made it to his destination. Once at the candy store, Daniel and his aunt notice a large crowd surrounding the store and the owner crying. After pushing past the crowd, Daniel notices the horrible graffiti that had been painted on the sidewalk in front of the candy shop. Daniel decides that it is his duty to fix this problem and retrieves a bucket of water and a rag. He cleans the words from the front of the shop and is rewarded with a bag of candy from the owner.After reading this story, I am unsure if I would teach this in my class. The message of children engaging in civic duty work was great, but I don’t know if the story line was too simple. I don’t feel like the story got into enough detail about how characters felt or what Daniel was thinking. His reasoning for cleaning the ground had to do with him believing he was cowboy, but I would have liked to see a different reasoning. I would definitely have this book in my library, but I don’t know if I would teach it.
K-3Young African American boy named Daniel has saved the money he has earned and is very excited to spend it at the Candy Shop. Before he can do this he has to go shopping with his aunt. On their way to the Candy Shop the author does a great job of describing the urban neighborhood they pass to get there. When they arrive at the Candy Shop that's owned by a Taiwanese woman by the name of Miz Chu, there are a lot of people gathered outside. As they pushed through the crowd they notice that there is something written on the sidewalk that has Miz Chu crying. Although the words aren't shown it is assumed that the words are hateful. Daniel decides to get a brush and wash the words away. Miz Chu gives Daniel a ton of candy for free and Daniel's aunt invites Miz Chu to her home for sweet potato pie to help cheer her up. The message in this story is simple, easy to follow, yet effective and I would definitely use it in my classroom. This story could be used to teach students about differences and how racial prejudices can be dealt with.
K-4, Daniel, an African-American boy dressed as a cowboy, and his aunt are off to do some shopping, including a visit to his favorite place, the Candy Shop. He describes the urban neighborhood they pass through to get to the stores: "Men sit on porches. Some houses are boarded up. We walk faster. There are empty lots." When they finally get to their destination, they find a crowd gathered and the Taiwanese owner, Miz Chu, in tears. Someone has written hateful words on the sidewalk in front of her shop. Daniel desperately wants to help and so he takes a bucket and brush and scrubs away those "dumb words." Wong's detailed, mixed-media illustrations capture the cityscape and the people who inhabit it. Wahl's story shows the love and caring that bind good people together. Aunt Thelma tells the upset woman, "…don't pay no never mind. There's mean, nasty folk in the world, but most are fine as gold." Daniel and his aunt help love triumph over hate.
Candy Shop by Jan Wahl is an excellent book about treating others with respect and understanding how your actions affect peoples feelings and emotions. When the graffiti outside of the Candy shop makes the owner cry, our main character knows exactly what to do. Clean it up and make her feel better.Students can relate to this book in many ways. Almost every child has probably seen graffiti, whether or not they understand what it means. This book can be a great resource to teach students how to show respect for others, themselves, and the community in which we live. This could spark a service project, encouraging letters to business owners, conversations about diversity and how to do the right thing in a confusing situation. Teachers can take advantage of the themes in this book and develop a creative unit on citizenship. The opportunities are endless.
Daniel, the cowboy, is on his way to his favorite shop, the “candy shop” with Aunt Thelma. But there’s a crowd outside, and Daniel is wondering why. Sadly, it’s because someone has written some hurtful words on the sidewalk in front of the store, and the owner, Miz Chu from Taiwan is upset. Daniel and his aunt step right in to help Miz Chu feel better. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture to make someone feel better, and Daniel and his aunt showing that they care is enough. This will be a great book to start or continue talking about prejudice and how to be an ally for someone. The illustrations fill the pages with happy, bright colors, , and even when the story is sad, Nicole Wong shows that Daniel and his aunt are determined to do the right thing.
This is a cute book that touched on some really important things. The young boy grows out of his obsession with candy for the day and makes a kind act, which is admired by a store owner and his aunt. I think it's very important for children to see that kids make kind acts often and that they are quite powerful.
This book was a little deep for a kids book but good nonetheless. It didn't take the issues in it too far.