It's easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? Author/illustrator Grace Lin recalls such a garden in this charming and eloquent story. The neighbors' gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of "black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers" that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that "these are better than flowers." Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.
What is the same and what is different about life long ago and today? Read this book to find out.
Near, far, left, and right are words that help us find people and places. Where are the people in this book?
Rules help people get along and stay safe. Rules also help people care for themselves. What rules do you follow?
Do you know why school is closed on some days? Find the answers in this book!
Bread comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Read this book to explore a world of bread!
Some people need data, or facts, to do their work. Read about who uses data in their work.
Many people work in my neighborhood. They make my town a nice place to live.
My new school is different from my old school, but it is also the same in some ways!
Some maps can show small places, and some maps can show you the whole world! Let's read some maps.
When I get older, I can help people in many ways. What will I be?
Take a walk and learn about the places in a town.
There are so many things to do on the farm, but where is the farmer? The animals know where he is.
People have different jobs. What will you be when you grow up?
Where do you go to have fun?
Towns have many different places to visit. What buildings do you see in your town?
See where the people go up. See where they go down.
People like new clothes. What new clothes would you like?
Meet the people who work at school.
What do you eat when you visit Grandma?
What animals do you see on a farm?
People have different jobs. Who are the different people who make your town work?
School has many fun places to go. What's your favorite place at school?
People live in different types of homes. What type of home do you live in?
Turtle loves to dance and play the flute. But her exuberance puts her at risk when her music attracts the attention of a brave hunter who brings her home to make turtle stew. After she is caught, her only hope for escape is the hunter's children ... and her own wit. This folktale, first told by the indigenous people of Brazil, is now told throughout Latin America. Like the people of Latin America, Turtle always seems to survive any challenge by using her courage and wit. Beautiful watercolors radiant with the dense foliage and hardy wildlife of the Amazon rain forest, guides the reader through this timeless adventure story.