Bibliographical Information: Wong, J. S. (2002). Apple Pie 4th of July. San Diego: Harcourt.
Brief Annotation: The young girl in this story is frustrated with her family because she thinks they do not understand the American way of celebrating the Fourth of July and believes their store will get no business on this day.
Grade Level: Pre-K-3
Readers who will like this: I think this book is great for students who may feel as if their parents do not understand the American culture and feel different from others. They can relate to this book and understand that it’s okay to be a different culture and that people still like them just the same.
Rating/Response: 4.5 I liked that this book discussed the cultural differences that children face but that it doesn’t matter what holiday it is, people still appreciate their culture.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever felt as if you and your family are different from other people?
Reading Strategy: Synthesizing
Rationale for Strategy: This book is perfect for synthesizing because it draws upon the preconceived ideas people may have about the Chinese culture or of the Fourth of July and what is expected. We can dig deeper to the roots of the Fourth of July and the Chinese culture and discuss how they are actually similar in many ways.
Posted by: Brittany Billiet