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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Behind the Story
The Ugly Vegetables


The Ugly Vegetables is based on a childhood experience. Grace's mother grew Chinese vegetables in her garden while all the neighbors grew flowers. Year after year Grace looked with disgust at the ugly garden and asked, "Why can't we grow flowers?" Her mother always answered, "Because these are better than flowers." Grace never agreed until one day...

 
In painting and in life: Grace and her mother in the Ugly Vegetable Garden