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Title : Apple Pie 4th Of July
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ISBN : 9780606348829
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Apple Pie 4th Of July Reviews

  • Aladdin Jones
    2019-04-15 18:16

    This tale seems to be one with a somewhat "odd" storyline. While the concept of a young child celebrating the holidays is appealing, how this celebration is brought to fruition take a strange and lengthy if the whole point of the story is drawn out. the main character, I feel, is portrayed as an impatient child and kind of takes a shot at her parents stating that they are "ignorant' to the concept of what it means to be an American. She believes that just because she has spent the entirety of her life (grand total of no more than 10 yrs) that she knows more about what the American culture looks like. When I first read the title of the book, I originally though that that I would be reading about the recipe of an apple. Or at the least have the author have the main theme of the book focus on an apple pie. But this is not the case at all. The theme is focused on Chinese food. This is one reason why I was not fond of the book (misleading theme). Even when reading this to a group of students, they seemed to be a bit confused when I was speaking so much about chow mien and sweet & sour pork and only mentioned the pie at on the lat page.

  • Jasmine Na
    2019-04-05 21:26

    In "Apple Pie 4th of July," Janet S. Wong shares the story of a Chinese-American girl who does not understand why her parents work and eat Chinese food instead of apple pie for the holiday. The author shows how the main character is embarrassed that her parents do not follow the "American" tradition and eat and do things differently. The language of the book are simple and is a good read for 2nd graders. The book shows a variety of culture in the book through illustrations and does a good job of tying two cultures into one, Chinese and American. The illustrations follow along with the story and is accurate with the characters, setting, and plot. Overall, the story has appropriate language and shows different perspectives, however there could be an assumption that children can learn that all Chinese people eat chow mien on 4th of July, which is not true.

  • Alyse Erickson
    2019-03-30 15:26

    In this book, by Linda Urban, the main character Mattie is a very shy young girl whom changes schools multiple times throughout her life and finds herself having a very hard time adjusting. When she finally changes to her final school, Mattie chooses not to try to make friends. Before She had moved, Mattie had some issues with bullies and making friends so she refuses to put herself back out there like that. So therefore, Mattie takes to her uncle, whom is the janitor for her school. On her down time, Mattie assists her uncle with the janitorial duties around the school asking many questions and studying really hard. She becomes quite the side kick. Throughout this, Mattie decides to keep a journal of the needs of the school to help her keep track. This book is referred to as the Custodial Wisdom book. Her mother and principal express strong concern for the well-being of Mattie and try to talk her out of her little funk while convincing her friends and participating in recess are fun and needed for a young girl her age. Funny thing is, Mattie no longer has any desire to make friends, she is perfectly content in her life as for now and chooses to ignore their helpful hints. Mattie recalls her past, and all the problems she dealt with throughout her friendships and choose to no longer attempt. Eventually, Mattie becomes comfortable within her school and begins making friends. This book hits close to home for myself. I growing up was very similar to Mattie. Making friends never came easy to me because I was so shy and inverted. I had also changed many schools within a short period of time. Changing schools for anybody can take a huge toll on your social life and your confidence. As well as, it causes you to become distant from those from the beginning because you never know how long somebody you become close to will be able to stay in your life. I would most definitely use this book within my classroom. This book is a little bit of a higher grade level than the grade in which I am hoping to teach, but this could be a good book to read to my class. The lesson that a child could take home from this can be life changing. This book can teach them that change is okay, and that eventually things will work out. This book could also teach someone to not give up what they love. Mattie loved helping her uncle, but when she started making friends again, Mattie did not give up her passion. She still worked side by side with her uncle taking care of business around the school. The overall feel of this book is upbeat and happy, the book never creates a sad feeling. The author did a great job of depicting the story line of an unhappy person in a happy way. This book I feel is appropriate for all age groups, considering the lesson it teaches. I highly recommend this book for anybody with a child who is struggling fitting in and or is about to change schools and move. Urban, L. (2011). Hound dog true. Boston: Harcourt Children's Books.

  • Amber
    2019-04-05 17:15

    A young Chinese-American girl laments the fact that her family’s combination convenience store and Chinese food restaurant is open every day except for Christmas day. Now it is the fourth of July and the nameless girl can hear the commotion of the parade on the street; yet, her family is cooking Chinese food.Brought up in America, she firmly believes that Chinese food is just not the kind of food one eats on Independence Day. Her family’s focus on tradition is irritating her on this patriotic day and she her desire to escape the store increases with each hour that passes as people come and go, buying things like ice and matches to keep the fun of the holiday going.Apple Pie 4th of July caught my eye when I was searching for children’s picture books related to the holiday. The cover pops and the design made me curious about the contents of this book. With its bit of rhyme, this book is interesting in naming only one character, Laura, the one who makes the apple pie. Janet Wong did not name the main character in the book, which allowed more focus on the story and its message, but I found it interesting that the one character named was never part of the action or pictured.The young girl, as I will continue to call her, believes no one wants Chinese food on this truly American holiday and she grows grumpier when her parents cheerfully produce dish after dish of Chinese-American cuisine. But in the evening when the store starts filling up with people who are in the mood for Chinese food, the girl realizes that being American has a deeper meaning; her understanding grows further when after the store closes, her family breaks from tradition in a small yet significant way. I guess that is really the lesson: that one can marry two worlds and have the best of both (a subtle lesson that I had to think on for a bit after I finished reading). Recommended for children ages seven to eleven who want a fun, quick read about America’s birthday.Read this review in its original format on The Musings of ALMYBNENR here.

  • S10_Kelly
    2019-04-01 22:16

    Apple Pie 4th of July is a charming book about a Chinese-American, little girl. Her parents own a small neighborhood store that sells Chinese food. For more than over half of the book, the young girl struggles internally about why her parents have opened the store on the day of an American holiday. Throughout the book the young girl often tells herself comments like, “My parents do not understand all American things. They were not born here.” Even though customers do not come into the store to buy food during the day, in the evening the store does get a steady flow of customers. At the end of the story, the little girl goes on the roof to watch the fireworks with her Chinese parents. Though the author does not come out and say it, it appears that the little girl understands that customs and traditions can merge and evolve as cultures merge and evolve. This book would be great for students who are Pre-K through 2nd grade. The illustrations truly say 1,000 words a piece. I feel the children will empathize with the character while becoming more culturally aware. This book could be integrated into units that are about customs and cultures. It could also be helpful to parents who are from another culture, that have an American born child. It may help them understand some of the struggles their children may face internally.

  • Heidi
    2019-04-18 22:23

    Grades 2-6A girl is disgusted with her parents’ insistence to keep their Chinese restaurant open on the Fourth of July; Americans don’t want Chinese food on the Fourth of July, she thinks. Just before the fireworks, she is in for a surprise when people pile in. This short book convincingly captures the blasé self-consciousness of some children while subtly presenting what it means to be American. Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s prints are pared down and graphic, filled with patriotic anaphora and symbolism. Although this book is listed as appropriate for Pre-K through second grade, I doubt that most kids as young as 4 could understand the complexities of trying to straddle two cultures. Certainly these issues would be valuable for older children to discuss. Most children can relate to the feeling of being embarrassed by one’s parents, so the opportunities for discussion extend beyond cultural identity.

  • Ch_nataliepelaia
    2019-04-11 17:05

    The book is about a young chinese american girl who is sulking in her parents food store and would rather be out watching the parade and fireworks on the fourth of July. She believes that her parents don't understand that Americans do not eat chinese food on the fourth of July. She believes her parents don't understand because they were not born in America. The young girl would rather be eating apple pie instead of chinese food. Then 5'oclock rolls around and she realizes more and more people are coming in for chinese food. In fact there is a line into the store of people wanting chinese on the fourth of july. The book ends with the girl on top of the roof eating apple pie and watching fireworks. The message is clear, chinese food is American, they are American. This book is for preschool-2nd grade.

  • Morgan Logan
    2019-03-29 21:07

    This book is about a Chinese-American girl who is frustrated that her families store is open on Fourth of July. Throughout the book she expresses her annoyance and does not think her parents “understand” that it is an American Holiday. As people start ordering food and the fireworks start, she learns a surprising lesson. This holiday is celebrated with all cultures and while the store was open people were buying Chinese food. The illustrations in this book were colorful and introduced both cultures into the book. I would love to share this with my future students because it teaches a great lesson. I would first read this book to my class and let them reflect on the book. I would then ask them what they thought the book was about and write about a tradition that their family does and why it is important to them. I would recommend this book to my fellow colleagues.

  • Caitlyn Robinson
    2019-04-01 20:23

    In the realistic fiction Apple Pie Fourth of July, a second-generation girl whose family is from China is convinced that Chinese food is not right for the Fourth of July, but her parents are not. Her belief is disproved when later that day a string of customers cram inside to buy Chinese food. The illustrations are fun, colorful and help provide a more meaningful understanding through facial expressions and body language. Also, the story is written using choppy sentences, which provides interest and insight into the personality of the young girl, who is relatable to children through her restless, observant and sometimes egocentric nature. The cultural diversity is between Western and Chinese culture and is focused on aspects of food and work ethics. The parents of the girl are dedicated and seem to have a sense of fulfillment from working, while seeming to find enjoyment in their work, which is recognizable by their facial expressions and body language. A downside to Apple Pie Fourth of July is that it lacks an obvious, detailed plot with a problem and solution. To receive meaningful take-aways from the story the reader must dig deep into the text, which can also be seen as a benefit for teachers as it allows for problem-posing questions by asking children what the meaning of the story is, with teacher support. (Freire, 1968). Another downside is the illustrations lack variety, as all characters look fairly identical, with only skin color and hair differences. Also because this book focuses on Asians, there is a stereotype present by portraying the characters with slits as eyes, even though all characters in the book are portrayed this way. Overall, this book is a fun way to introduce to children lessons surrounding appreciation for one's culture, and to show how what is considered "American" culture is also influenced by other cultures, including Chinese, such as celebrating with fireworks, as the girl's father points out in the book.

  • Cassandra Gelvin
    2019-03-25 21:12

    Chinese-Americans are Americans, too.I'm not sure what this book is trying to say. A Chinese-American girl tries to convince her immigrant parents, who run a Chinese restaurant, that nobody wants to buy Chinese food on July 4. And for most of the day, she's right. Until 5pm, after the food made earlier was no longer good, when a bunch of customers come and the parents mysteriously have just made more.What does this mean? Is it just pointing out that Americans don't get takeout for lunch on July 4th? What does the normal customer flow at the restaurant look like? I have no frame of reference here. Is the girl wrong? Right? It says that her father has lived in the US since at 12; shouldn't he know about July 4th? How long has this restaurant been open? Do they have at least a previous year of experience?It's almost like the protagonist is saying, "My parents can't understand this, they're not American like me," so why do they make the second batch of food? What is going on there? This is just baffling. Is it supposed to be a metaphor for America not seeming inclusive but it actually is?Message: Parents understand more than you think. Or, Americans like Chinese food every day.For more children's book reviews, see my website at

  • Leslie Ramirez
    2019-04-08 22:24

    'Apple Pie 4th of July' by Janet S. Wong is a multicultural book that is about a young girl and her experience during the 4th of July. All this little girl wants on the 4th of July is to celebrate it like 'all' Americans, going to the parades and eating hamburgers. But her family cooks Chinese dishes and have their store open. She points out that no one wants to eat Chinese food on the 4th of July. But as the day goes on she learns that people do want to eat Chinese food even on the 4th of July. When it is time to close they go up to watch the fireworks and her mother bring up an apple pie to celebrate. The story explains how not everyone celebrates the 4th of July the same way or any other holiday the same and that is okay. The images as simple and illustrate the story very well. Margaret Chodos-Irvine used lots of colors and used different printmaking techniques to create the picture.

  • Shelby Santullo
    2019-04-03 19:33

    This story shows the differences and similarities between Chinese culture and American culture. The little girl this book is Chinese-American and her family runs a store that serves Chinese food. She is surprised that many people come to the store on the 4th of July for Chinese food since it is an American holiday. Her father explains to her that fireworks are Chinese just as they are American, both countries use them to celebrate. In the end, when their store closes for the day the little girl goes to watch fireworks and eats apple pie. I think this is good book to teach students about the differences and similarities of Chinese and American culture. I wish this book was a little more depth though, I felt like it was cut short.

  • ReadRibbet
    2019-03-24 20:20

    Wong's clever tale of a young girl trapped at her family's Chinese restaurant on the Fourth of July wondering who will need Chinese food on this apple pie American holiday. She quickly learns that the lines between what is American and what is not is quite blurry. Award winning illustrator provides the bright pictures supporting the story. A good reminder of how "American" culture is defined by the contributions of many others.

  • Sarah D'Arco
    2019-04-15 18:32

    Loved the message of this book, and think it's one that students will easily relate to. A young girl is embarrassed by her parents cooking Chinese food at their convenience store on Independence Day, and then is surprised when they get numerous customers coming in to get some. Great message about what it is to be American and embracing your family's heritage and customs.

  • Taylor Maiese
    2019-03-31 17:08

    This is a very cute book for children to read and learn about how other cultures fit into America. I love how we see how older Chinese people are holding onto their culture while the young girl wants to be Americanized and close the restaurant to enjoy the fourth of July. This is a great book for children to learn not only about America but also the Chinese culture.

  • Abby Rowe
    2019-04-15 22:32

    Awesome look into Chinese culture mashing into America's to show how different other countries may be. This book shows how one girl is confused by the reasoning of American's not wanting to eat Chinese food on an American holiday which causes confusion.

  • °☆.。.:*・Arianna°☆.。.:*・
    2019-04-01 18:31

    It was a colorful book with simple pictures and a basic storyline. It just goes to show that you cannot assume things about people based on culture.

  • Rommel Sison
    2019-04-05 18:06

    7-year-old daughter: 4 stars5-year-old daughter: 4 stars

  • Christy
    2019-03-27 16:24

    A look at the very American experience of mixed cultures, from the team that brought us Buzz and Hide and Seek

  • Margaux
    2019-04-22 15:21

    A true American story about diversity on our biggest national holiday.

  • Christine
    2019-04-08 14:26

    Cool graphic design!

  • Maureen
    2019-04-19 16:06

    A Chinese American girl thinks no one will want chinese food on the fourth of July--but they do! Very cute story, good pictures.

  • Steph
    2019-04-05 15:26

    Cute for younger kids of celebrating your culture in America.

  • Jensine Foley
    2019-04-18 15:31

    This story is about 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 lesson of her own.

  • Johanna
    2019-04-20 15:08

    holiday, tradition, fourth of July, family; Would recommend for second grade.

  • Marika
    2019-03-24 17:25

    This was a really sweet, enjoyable book. I particularly enjoyed the colorful and engaging illustrations, but the story is also well written. It is rare to find a picture book that successfully tells a deliberately multicultural story without seeming to hit their readers over the head with it. I feel that Apple Pie Fourth of July manages that nicely.

  • Lundin Rach
    2019-04-09 14:16

    Rachel LundinEd 2579/13/12 Every American has their own traditions for the fourth of July. These traditions usually involve watching a fireworks show, or having a barbecue. In the realistic-fiction children's book, "Apple pie 4th of July," by Janet S. Wong, pictures by, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, A young Chinese-American girl finds her family's tradition dull. The story takes place in her mother and fathers family restaurant where she is spending her time helping them out. From the first sentence in the story the reader can tell that the little girl is bored and, may even feel sorry for her "Seven days a week, fifty-two weeks, three-hundred sixty four days a year ( and three hundred sixty five in a leap year), Our store is open."The story begins with the little girl disappointed that her family's Chinese restaurant is open on the fourth of July. She begins to become more and more upset when she sees the lack of costumers eager to buy Chinese food at the door. While all of this is occurring there is a parade going on that the pictures portray her as longing watching from her families restaurant. She doesn't understand why Americans would want Chinese food on the fourth of July, and she believes that since her mother and father are not from America they do not understand that people do not want Chinese food on this particular holiday. She asks her father why and her father responds with, "fireworks are Chinese." She smells apple pie coming from her neighbor upstairs and wishes she had some. To her surprise at the end of the story a ton of eager American customers come in the restaurant and are ready to buy lots and lots of Chinese food. Although, I am not Chinese-American I found a great connection to the story. When I was younger I always found my families traditions dull, and wished I was doing something else. At the end of the story the girl finds a connection with her family and they seem to be making a new tradition which is eating apple pie on the rooftop watching the fireworks show. Since her father mentioned that fireworks are a Chinese tradition and they are eating apple pie which is an American tradition I made the connection that her family's tradition on the fourth of July is really the merging of the two cultures. Teachers should know about this book because it shows a perspective of a child from a different background and a day in her shoes. Children should be encouraged to have this thought process, it teaches them how to better understand the world of different cultures around them. I believe this book should be introduced to children in kindergarten to first graders because, it will help them to embrace the other cultures around them at an early age. In short, we all have our own traditions but, we are all connected in the sense that we all have our own ways of keeping our cultures alive in our families.

  • Hannah Paster
    2019-03-23 16:16

    “Apple Pie Fourth of July” is the tale of a young Asian girl living in America (for some reason I picture it to be New York City?) with her parents, whom own and operate a Chinese food restaurant. The whole story takes place on the day of the Fourth of July and the narrator, the little girl, is upset because in her mind, “no one eats sweet and sour pork or chicken chow mien on the Fourth of July! They eat apple pie!” Much to her surprise however, at the end of the day when the fireworks are just about to begin, her parent’s store gets a rush of customers asking all for their orders to-go. They close the shop after attending to these customers and the little girl watches the fireworks show…with of course, her slice of apple pie. The imagery of Janet S. Wang’s story was created by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Her approach to the design was blockier shapes, nonchalant, and all without extreme detai. Bold colors, such as the little girl’s striped pattern shirt, looks like it should continues on past the body, like a moving image. On the front cover of the book, a box of to-go Chinese food sits with a familiar Oriental shape/symbol printed on it — this symbol matches and flows very well with the design of the images the entire book carries, so that is (most likely) where Chodos-Irvine got her inspiration. Simple, one-stroke movements as an approach to these images give the entire story a flow, a feeling of wafting movement as if “getting on with the show” or “waiting on the grand finale.” The finale of the story, of course, being the exploding fireworks and getting the, finally, first taste of the apple pie. Having this book read to me via online gave the voice of the narrator an enthusiasm I don’t know if I could have heard myself; the reader, though male, was actually pretty good! This book placed on the “banned” list was most likely placed there because of it’s stereotyping towards Asian Americans for owning such restaurants and remaining open on “American” holidays. The narrator speaks that she doesn’t believe her parents “understand American things,” even if her father has lived in the country since he was twelve years old. Is the author than placing the message in young reader’s minds that anyone not born in America, no matter how long they have lived here, don’t understand the culture? The mood of the story was upbeat certainly, most likely communicating to children the lesson of patience and the matter that everything comes through/works out in the end of things, but the author chose to speak those lessons in a slight stereotypical form, earning them a spot on the banned list. I would read this story to my children/a group of children, but also be sure to communicate that Asian Americans are no different than the group and me.

  • E.S.
    2019-04-05 15:04

    Apple Pie 4th of July is a touching, feel-good multicultural book written by Janet Wong and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine about a Chinese family living in America. It is 4th of July and the narrator’s parents are making Chinese food in their restaurant. The daughter doesn’t understand why, because what American would want to eat Chinese food on the 4th of July? The daughter is proven right; customers come in to buy everything except for Chinese food. The food begins to go hard and the daughter is disheartened and slightly annoyed with her parents, until late at night, when people begin to stream in, wanting to order Chinese food. The daughter realizes that Americans might actually want to eat Chinese food. Americans don’t have to eat just American food and Chinese people don’t have to just eat Chinese food—this is proven when the daughter goes up to watch fireworks after the store closes and eats her apple pie! This is a narrative lacking any repetition or rhyming and there is often a decent sized amount of text per page. It honestly varies between 2 and 6. The illustrations are bright, smooth, yet blocky and uncut. This book really teaches children that America is a combination of cultures. America isn’t just some place where people only eat hot dogs and hamburgers; everything is America. American food applies to many different types of food! America is a melting pot that holds a mix of cultures (as the father said in the book—fireworks are Chinese!). Something else that is great about this book is that the book is from the perspective of a Chinese person. Many children’s stories that I have encountered so far that have human narrators have mostly been white, and there isn’t any stereotyping in this book. Sure, the characters have smaller eyes, but that’s how Chinese people look. If this book had any stereotypes, the characters would have been illustrated as wearing rice paddy hats and have overbites, which is definitely racist but not an uncommon portrayal of Chinese people in the past. Finally, the fact that this book has longer text, actually tells a story with an underlying message, and has detailed pictures (although the colors used are bright), makes this story appropriate for ages 4 and up. Children under the age of 4 might not be able to pay attention to the illustrations which feature several different objects per page, nor would they be able to pay attention to the text (perhaps on some pages, but not for the book as a whole), and children under 4 might not be able to really understand the book and why it was so important that the American people started to buy Chinese food towards the end of the book.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-23 18:23

    Apple Pie 4th of July is one of those books that does well to remind us that America is a country of absolute diversity. It tells the tale of a young Chinese American girl and the frustration she experiences on the 4th of July holiday, which her family does not celebrate in the traditional way. The work takes us on the girl’s emotional journey from displeasure to astonishment to contentment, as she learns that there is no one way to be “American.” The theme that “it is our differences that make us American”, is unveiled throughout the work as the girl goes from feeling that her family does not fit in to the American way, to learning that her assumptions about what is “American” were misconstrued. This book teaches the important lesson that America is one of the world’s most diverse countries and every American’s contributions help define the American way. There is a build up of frustration throughout the book, as the young girl expresses her discontentment that her family is making Chinese food that no one will want to buy, on the 4th of July. However, the young girl is in for a surprise when the “Americans” begin streaming through her store door in search of Chinese food. The ending is satisfying, with the girl spending the evening with her parents and her neighbors, enjoying Chinese fireworks and American apple pie. The writing style is choppy – it doesn’t flow from page to page or from sentence to sentence at that – instead it follows speech and thought patterns. However, the text does a good job of evoking emotion, as do the illustrations, which are phenomenal in conveying the young girl’s feelings. The use of large blocks of vibrant color makes a bold statement, which is in step with the message that the girl is trying to convey about her family and America. Strong lines and shapes, in addition to color, pull the reader in to the story. The work is effective in conveying its central message – that there is no one way to be American – and can be used to teach about the diversity of our country. It has a place in story time, as the illustrations are bold, and the writing style would transfer well to a read-aloud. The book is an essential purchase for all libraries as it is a highly-acclaimed, award-winning book.