The Ugly Vegetables

The Ugly Vegetables

eBook - 1999
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Charlesbridge : Made available through hoopla, 1999
ISBN: 9781607340706
1607340704
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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skyekilaen
Jun 24, 2015

I'm sure almost every child can sympathize with the daughter in this story. Mom won't let us have the same thing everyone else has! She just keeps saying that's the way it is! And when the "thing" is what's growing in the yard, everyone in the neighborhood can see it! But when the secret is revealed, everyone in the neighborhood gets on board with the amazing ugly vegetables. Love the diversity of the neighborhood, also love the fact that its message is delivered without hitting you in the head with a two by four. And you'll get hungry reading it.

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