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Fortune cookie fortunes
Lin, Grace.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21x 27 cm
After a young Chinese American girl opens fortune cookies with her family, she notices that the fortunes seem to come true. Includes brief notes on the history of the fortune cookie.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 79077.

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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family's fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs--they never come true. But Pacy isn't so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy's fortune: "You will see the world in a new way"? Well, yes, it's true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies!

This exhuberantly illustrated story about every kid's favorite part of a Chinese meal also includes a brief history of the fortune cookie.

What will your fortune be? Crack! Open up a cookie and find out.

From the Hardcover edition.

Author Notes

Grace Lin won the Newbery Honor award for her novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. The family from Dim Sum for Everyone (2001) returns, dining out again in a Chinese restaurant, where fortune cookies end the meal. Do the messages mean anything? The narrator, the middle sister, isn't so sure. But Ma-ma's fortune reads, Attention and care will make great things happen, and her garden bursts with fruits and flowers. Sisterei-Jei's fortune reads, Your imagination will create many friends, and the narrator spiesei-Jei surrounded by origami animals. Lin contributes a clever take on a fresh topic, but it's too bad she begins with dad's fortune, Your moods are contagious. Even when children see the fortune become manifest (dad sleeping in the park with others sleeping around him), they may not understand the term contagious, even in context. What's more, being sleepy isn't exactly a mood. However, as always, Lin's pen-and-watercolor-artwork is totally engaging. Bright, lively colors and scenes presented from unusual perspectives are hallmarks of Lin's art, and the illustrations here are no exception. An afterword tells the real, rather surprising story of fortune cookies. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Grace Lin's illustrations also fill the pages of Fortune Cookie Fortunes (along with her text), a follow-up to Dim Sum for Everyone! Here Pacy and her family examine their fortune cookies after their meal, and the girl observes that each of their fortunes comes true in a different way (e.g., a garden full of pumpkins and peapods that dwarf Ma-Ma confirm "Attention and care will make great things happen"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-While eating at a Chinese restaurant, a young narrator exclaims, "The best part- is the fortune cookies. Crack! Crack! Crack!" Hers says, "You see the world in a different way." That is indeed true as she views the world in terms of fortune-cookie messages and sees them as coming true. For example, Ma-Ma's garden is bursting with growth ("Attention and care will make great things happen"). Jie-Jie's room is filled with magnificent origami animals ("Your imagination will create many friends"). A yellow car laden with luggage is trailed by a caption that reads, "Someone will visit you soon." Lin's trademark patterns grace not only clothing, but also sky and walls, and the papers with the typed fortunes are decorated with smiley faces. The child's upbeat view of the world around her is charming. A page of back matter gives the history of fortune cookies. Pair this book with Ina R. Friedman's How My Parents Learned to Eat (Houghton, 1984) and Lin's Dim Sum for Everyone (Knopf, 2001) for a delicious program on Asian food. The final endpaper shows an opened cookie with the fortune, "You have just read a good book." Children will agree.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.