Happy 4th of July!

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong and Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

A young Chinese American girl struggles to balance her immigrant parents’ silly traditions with how Americans do things for holidays.

The little girl’s sulking attitude throughout the book was so painfully and hilariously accurate for anyone who has spent time with a 7-12-year-old girl! I loved that despite her feelings, the girl still helped her hardworking parents at their family store. The parents had a calm and quiet acceptance of their daughter’s different perspective as a native born American but were quick to point out that fireworks are Chinese, after all!

The illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine were beautifully rendered using various printmaking techniques. I have such admiration for illustrators who use printmaking because the process is so labor-intensive. If you’re unfamiliar, you can watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIso5PrJTq0 of exactly what printmaking entails. Then imagine doing that 18 times, not including the cover! After you watch the video, look through the book again and tell me that you aren’t filled with awe for these incredible, dedicated artists!

I give this book 4/5 stars



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