The Ugly Vegetables cover

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32 pages
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (July, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN: 0881063363
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches

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The Ugly Vegetables

What you can do when you finish the story!

Coloring Page
Print out an Ugly Vegetables coloring page.
DOWNLOAD HERE (adobe pdf file)

Lesson Suggestion: Plant a garden!
In the book, the narrator is overjoyed when her garden begins to sprout; and then notices differences. Have students plant a variety of seeds. As they, observe the differences. Don't forget to throw in some ugly vegetable seeds (can't find any? try here)!

If the real thing isn't possible, have students draw vegetables on paper and display a "garden."

Lesson Suggestion: Use your senses!
In the book, the narrator complains about what she sees in her garden. Later she and the neighbors are beckoned by what they smell and are thrilled by what they taste . Let kids explore their senses as well. Show kids different vegetables and fruits and discuss what they see. Then cut the fruits & vegetables up and have kids shut their eyes as they smell and taste them. See if any of them like 'ugly vegetables'!

Chinese Lesson
Learn how to speak the name of the Chinese vegetables in the book with these audio clips! (Special thanks to Grace's Mom)Click HERE!

Performance: The Ugly Vegetables Play
Compliments of FCC-Portland Maine, The Ugly Vegetables is available as a play! Have students act out the parts of Ma-Ma, Mei-Mei, Mrs. Crumerine and more!
See photos of the play performance HERE!
Want the script? DOWNLOAD HERE (adobe pdf file)

Recipe: Ugly Vegetable Soup
Grace has included the recipe for Ugly Vegetable Soup in her book. Beforehand, make a trip to your local Chinatown or Chinese grocery store and buy the vegetables. After reading the book, make the soup for the kids--right before their eyes. Don't forget to taste it!
RECIPE HERE (adobe acrobat pdf file)