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PreSchool-Grade 3–While eating at a Chinese restaurant, a young narrator exclaims, "The best part... is the fortune cookies. Crack! Crack! Crack!" Hers says, "You see the world in a different way." That is indeed true as she views the world in terms of fortune-cookie messages and sees them as coming true. For example, Ma-Ma's garden is bursting with growth ("Attention and care will make great things happen"). Jie-Jie's room is filled with magnificent origami animals ("Your imagination will create many friends"). A yellow car laden with luggage is trailed by a caption that reads, "Someone will visit you soon." Lin's trademark patterns grace not only clothing, but also sky and walls, and the papers with the typed fortunes are decorated with smiley faces. The child's upbeat view of the world around her is charming. A page of back matter gives the history of fortune cookies. Pair this book with Ina R. Friedman's How My Parents Learned to Eat(Houghton, 1984) and Lin's Dim Sum for Everyone (Knopf, 2001) for a delicious program on Asian food. The final endpaper shows an opened cookie with the fortune, "You have just read a good book." Children will agree.–Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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K-Gr. 2. The family from Dim Sum for Everyone (2001) returns, dining out again in a Chinese restaurant, where fortune cookies end the meal. Do the messages mean anything? The narrator, the middle sister, isn't so sure. But Ma-ma's fortune reads, "Attention and care will make great things happen," and her garden bursts with fruits and flowers. Sister Jei-Jei's fortune reads, "Your imagination will create many friends," and the narrator spies Jei-Jei surrounded by origami animals. Lin contributes a clever take on a fresh topic, but it's too bad she begins with dad's fortune, "Your moods are contagious." Even when children see the fortune become manifest (dad sleeping in the park with others sleeping around him), they may not understand the term contagious, even in context. What's more, being sleepy isn't exactly a "mood." However, as always, Lin's pen-and-watercolor-artwork is totally engaging. Bright, lively colors and scenes presented from unusual perspectives are hallmarks of Lin's art, and the illustrations here are no exception. An afterword tells the real, rather surprising story of fortune cookies. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440421924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440421924
  • ASIN: 0440421926
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books!

I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.

While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.

I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: www.gracelin.com for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KSL on August 16, 2004
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This is a great book about fortune cookies and their messages. When a Mei Mei's family finished dinner here come the fortune cookies. Everyone reads their fortune and Mei Mei wonders if these fortunes will really do come true. As the story unfolds you get to see each family member and their fortune! I really like Grace Lin's books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne C. Spencer on January 5, 2007
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For older kids, even high school, this would be a great starter story for them to read and then make their own fortune cookies, inserting their own fortunes before the hot smooth cookies harden. A nice end note explains some of the original of the Fortune cookie as Japanese, not Chinese, but the overall charm of the book is its celebration of the traditions of the messages inside the cookies. If you didn't want to make fortune cookies from scratch in a classroom, you might just settle for everyone having a fortune cookie (available in most large groceries) and sharing their fortunes over a cup of nice tea. Also, check out Dim Sum for Everyone, also celebrating cultural food experiences for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Staci Long on January 9, 2007
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I bought this book for a lesson on Multiculturalism in the classroom. I incorporated a puppet with the story, and the students loved it. This is a must for any classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2014
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I'm an elementary school Chinese language teacher and I almost didn't buy this book because fortune cookies are not properly Chinese, but I love Grace Lin, so I took a chance on it. I have some English-language books about Chinese and Chinese-American culture on hand for "rainy days." I read it to my second grade class, and they loved it! I thought it might be too simple for them, but they really enjoyed the illustrations and were delighted with each new turn of the page to see how the fortunes would come true. I appreciate that the characters go by their Chinese family titles (baba, mama, jiejie, meimei), so that even though the book is in English, we can still work in a little language practice. There were a lot of words and phrasing that was challenging for second grade, but we talked through what the fortunes might mean, and the girls understood. For example, almost no one knew the word "contagious," or what it means to "long" for something. I appreciated the blurb in the back putting fortune cookies into cultural context.
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My reading students loved this book. A couple of times they laughed as we found out several things about the fortune cookies. I think the page with ALL the fortunes on it was a bit much for my second and first grade readers and they asked me to read it to them. But this does not reflect on whether the book was good or bad. I think it was still a good and interesting book for my students to enjoy. I liked how the fortunes in the cookies became real in everyday life also. It helped my students see the fortunes in real life.
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I've never tried purchasing a book for my kindle. It came loaded with books as a gift to me. I got this book and put it in the cloud. I was able to "read" it with my students to celebrate writing and Chinese New Year. What a gift!
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By Holly on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
My two-year-old daughter and I just LOVE Grace Lin's books. With each new Grace Lin book that we buy, it immediately becomes my daughter's favorite, until we get another Grace Lin book! There is so much to see in the book, and the story is adorable. Highly recommended!
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By Young Mom on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hard to keep a young toddler (or an adult) interested in the storyline...it's mostly a long list of fortunes, but Grace Lin's illustrations are wonderful, as always. My toddler loves just looking at the packed pages of beautiful birds, origami animals, and lots more!
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