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“This book was great!!!! It is about a Korean girl and her best friend. They have to do a science project. They need a mulberry tree, and there is only one person in the neighborhood that has one. There are a couple fights between them.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I didn't really like this book. I didn't like it because I thought it was kind of boring.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park Nutmeg Nominee 2008
Seventh graders Julia and Patrick are best friends and partners in a husbandry project for an after school club. They are intent on winning the blue ribbon at the state fair, but have difficulty coming up with a creative idea. When her mom suggests silkworms, several problems arise. Patrick is enthusiastic about the unique idea, but Julia is hesitant because it is too Korean. Will they be able to resolve their differences and complete the project? Furthermore, Julia is forced to deal with insecurities about her Korean heritage, her mother’s prejudices, others’ stereotypes and her feelings about the treatment of farm animals.
Connections: This book will enhance a science and social studies curriculum at the elementary school level. The narrative explores many themes including sibling rivalry, friendship, prejudice, ethnic identity, Korean immigration history, phobias, life cycles and sustainable agriculture. I would caution that the author converses with Julia throughout the narrative. Although this is a unique style of writing, it distracts from the storyline instead of adding character depth to the protagonist.
“ Project Mulberry is a 3.7 grade level equivalent realistic fiction novel according to bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homepage.do and will be a supplementary book for our sixth grade novel study. I like this book because in between chapters the main character Julia and the author Linda Sue Park have a dialogue. It will be a great asset for struggling readers to hear those thinking voices to build an understanding of the author's thought process. This book has earned or been nominated for the following awards: 2006 CCBC Choices
2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
2005 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize
2005 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books
2005 Notable Books for a Global Society
2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation
2006 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2006 Keystone to Reading Master List (PA)
2007 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
2008 Connecticut Nutmeg Award Nominee
2008 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)
2008 Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee
2008 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO)
2008 Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominee
2008 Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award Nominee (SD)
2008 Virginia Young Readers Award Nominee
2008 William Allen White Children's Book Award Nominee (KS)
2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee (IL)
In the story, Julia (a young girl with Korean heritage) and her best friend Patrick are planning a project that could lead to a ribbon at the state fair. The only problem is that Julia isn't elated over the raising of silk worms like her mom suggested. During the project Julia discovers her own unique heritage and how challenging it is to fit into the American stereotype. The story also reveals the importance of tolerance, youth struggles, and friendship themes.”
“Project Mulberry is a very interesting tale about a girl named Julia and her friend Patrick who grow silkworms for their science project. While trying to raise silkworms, Julia discovers that it is impossible to raise silkworms in the United States because of their desire of mulberry leaves. How can she feed them when there is barely a single mulberry tree around?
By reading this book, you will get to know bits and pieces about many different subjects. Also the perfect guide on how to raise silkworms. ”
“I would not recommend this book to anyone in 6th grade unless they are looking for a quick and easy read. This book is slightly below the reading level of a 6th grader in my opinion and is more suited to younger children. This book is very uneventful because it is more than 180 pages about raising silk worms.
“could have been better...about a girl from korean and she doesnt want to do a silk worm project because she thinks its too korean...”Vampire wrote this review Friday, December 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is actually one of my favorite books!! Its good for little-ish kids and old-ish kids”ellakanter23 wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book.”Melina wrote this review Wednesday, February 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Project Mulberry is a fun and enjoyable story that kids will easily relate to as two friends work together on a 4-H type project for a club they belong to. The twist is that between the chapters the main character holds conversations about the book with the author. This makes it a good read a loud for a class exploring the writing process.”Denise T wrote this review Sunday, February 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Summary: Julia is a typical American child who lives in Plainfield, Illinois. Her family is Korean, and she sometimes has a hard time with that. She wants to blend in and be more “American”. Her best friend Patrick lives across the street. Together they join the Wiggle Club, an environmental club. They need to do an animal husbandry project, but can’t decide on what to do. Julia’s mom suggested raising silk worms like her mother used to do in Korea.
Patrick is thrilled with the idea, but Julia is horrified. She wants to find a less “Korean” project to do. She spends time trying to find ways to get Patrick to change his mind. It soon becomes clear that she is going to have to do the silkworm project, so she tries to find a way to make it more “American”. Will the project be successful? Will Julia accept her heritage?
Opinion: I actually listened to this book on CD, which I think was an excellent choice. Aside from the story, Julia talks to the author Linda Sue Park about how she developed the story. The author actually reads the parts with the character. I can’t help but feel that only reading this wouldn’t be as wonderful as listening to the actual author.
As for the cultural aspect, I really like the problem Julia has. She is trying to accept her culture, while also trying to understand her mother’s feelings towards an African American gentleman. Race, culture, the blending of ideas, and discovering your cultural identity are wonderful themes throughout this book. These are all concepts many kids go through. Finding a balance between your life and what you expect your life to be.
Grade Level: 3+