Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

by Jenny Han

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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Korean-American third-grader Clara Lee dreams of being Little Miss Apple Pie and riding on a float at the Apple Blossom Festival, but in order to be chosen, she has to make a speech in front of the whole school and she doesn't have the nerve. When Clara Lee has a good-luck dream about her grandpa, she knows that good luck will follow her in whatever she does and she signs up for the Little Miss Apple Pie competition. But will her good luck last? Clara Lee is a likable character and the book's peppered with details about life in a Korean-American home. I'm happy to report that the main issue of the book is NOT race, but rather it's a chapter book about a third grader who happens to be Korean. I'd try this book on fans of Clementine and others of that ilk.
corydickason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clara Lee provides wonderful small details about both living in a small American town and in a Korean family. She is an absolutely believable, charming character. This would be a great book for a book group discussion on what it means to be American, or a starting point for a project where kids talk to their grandparents about where they come from.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The aburn haired girl walked in.
cyrenagasse More than 1 year ago
Clara Lee is a little girl with a big dream. When a bad dream turns out to mean good luck, it gives Clara Lee the boost of confidence she needs to pursue her dream of trying out for Little Miss Apple Pie, even if it means giving a speech in front of the whole school, which, mind you, isn¿t exactly her ¿cup of cocoa.¿ When a string of not-so-lucky events sends her good luck packing, Clara Lee¿s confidence takes off with it, leaving her feeling mighty discouraged. But, as Clara Lee soon discovers, luck isn¿t something that comes and goes as it pleases; it¿s something you make for yourself. In 'Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream,' writer Jenny Han redefines what it means to be ¿American as apple pie.¿ Clara Lee is what her grandfather calls an ¿all-American Korean American;¿ she embraces all aspects of her heritage. When she isn¿t wrestling with what it means to be an American, Clara Lee is dealing with the ups and downs of being an older sister, a friend, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Writing from Clara Lee¿s perspective, Han really gets inside the head of her young protagonist. If it weren¿t for the fact that she¿s a fictional character, one would think Clara Lee was a living, breathing third-grader. She¿s funny, she¿s cute, and she's as sweet as apple pie. Julia Kuo¿s cover art for 'Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream' sparkles as brightly as Clara Lee¿s personality. The colors just pop! Her interior art brings the story and its characters to life. She does a phenomenal job of capturing the characters¿ personalities and what they are thinking and feeling in their facial expressions. 'Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream' is a charming chapter book that readers between the ages of seven and ten are bound to enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago