Maggie's Chopsticks

Maggie's Chopsticks

Book - 2012
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In this lovely picture book, a young girl named Maggie gets her own pair of chopsticks. Now everyone insists on telling her how to use them. Her grandmother says, ?Do it like me!? while she rapidly works her old wooden sticks with a ?click-clack-clicketing.' Her sister instructs, ?Be graceful like this!? as she crosses her pair ?back and forth, like legs, dancing.' But it's no use. No matter how hard Maggie practices to be like the others, they keep telling her she's doing it wrong! Frustrated, Maggie asks her cat, the Kitchen God and her ancestors what she should do. Finally, her father gently tells Maggie just what she needs to hear. ?Everyone is different. Everyone is unique,? he tells her. ?You hold your chopsticks perfectly.'

Author Alan Woo uses a poetic style to tell a timeless story about self-discovery and identity. It offers an inspiring message to young children about the importance of being true to yourself as you navigate the challenges of growing up. The rich illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant add depth to the spare text, capturing the family dynamics between the different personalities and beautifully portraying details of a traditional Chinese New Year gathering. This book is a wonderful resource for social studies lessons on world cultures, particularly on family traditions and celebrations. It makes a perfect read-aloud during classroom observances of Chinese New Year. A few Chinese words are included within the story, with translations and phonetic spellings provided in the front of the book.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781554536191
Branch Call Number: Z WOO
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Malenfant, Isabelle 1979-- Illustrator


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Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of young Maggie, the only one in her family who is incapable of holding her chopsticks correctly. As Maggie struggles to match the mastery of her grandmother and the grace of her older sister, we are enveloped in the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of a family meal. Woo’s sparse and poetic language combined with Isabelle Malenfant’s beautiful illustrations create the perfect book to read with your family during the Lunar New Year. (Submitted by Meghan S.).

VaughanPLLonnie Jan 16, 2017

"Hold your chopsticks this way!" says mama.
"No that way!" says baba.
"Wait," Maggie replies, "I'll figure out my own way".
What's your way reader?

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Maggie is frustrated trying to learn to use her chopsticks as she sits around the dinner table getting advice from her large family. It seems that everyone has an opinion about exactly the right way to hold chopsticks; will Maggie ever develop a style that is just right for her? This lyrical, beautifully illustrated story offers a glimpse into how one young child finds her own voice within her multigenerational family.

lms Jan 27, 2013

Maggie has her own unique personality - which is what this picture book supports

forbesrachel Sep 18, 2012

I know this feeling; everyone's hands are different though, so there are many ways to hold chopsticks

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