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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Book - 2011
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Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316070386
Characteristics: 149 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kuo, Julia


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Aug 09, 2016

I read this in one sitting and I have to say it's one of the most darling, thoughtful, little middle grade books I've read in awhile. I love the way it handles race issues for children, and how it celebrates diversity for younger ages. Plus the relationship between Clara and her grandfather gave me all the feels. ALL OF THEM.

litriocht Jun 17, 2014

Does Clara Lee's dream mean Good Luck or Bad Luck for her? Her grandfather's explanation--and he is, after all, a famous Korean dream interpreter!--is that her scary dream actually means that she will have Good Luck. And for a while, that seems to be the case. But then, after Clara Lee angers one of her close friends and is sent to her room during supper, she begins to wonder if her luck will hold when she needs it most. After all, the speech competition for Little Miss Apple Pie is about to take place. Will she have the courage to talk in front of the whole school?

The competition for this year's Little Miss Apple Pie contains a debate about what it means to be American. Dionne, one of Clara Lee's classmates, contends that she would be the most American representative because her ancestors helped found their town. So for a while, Clara Lee worries that her Korean-American heritage will make her less worthy for the title. She soon realizes, however, that she is just as likely to become Little Miss Apple Pie as Dionne is.

Han's middle-grade novel is a well-done light read about school, family, and friendship.

GPLKids Apr 18, 2011

Clara Lee is an engaging Korean American 3rd grader who will capture the middle grade fans of Clemente, Judy Moody and Ellie McDoodle.


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