Watercress

ISBN-10: 0823446247
ISBN-13: 9780823446247
Author: Wang, Andrea
Illustrated by: Chin, Jason
Interest Level: P-3
Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: March 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 32


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Interest Level

Grades P-3

Reading Level

Guided Reading: N
Lexile: AD610L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.7
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food

Description
Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage. Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress. Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents. A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!
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