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The Have a Good Day Cafe

By Frances Park, Ginger Park
Illustrated by Katherine Potter

Paperback: $9.95

Early each morning Mike and his family drive to the city with their food cart. They sell bagels and orange juice for breakfast, hot dogs and pizza for lunch. Mike passes the time by drawing pictures, and Grandma sits in the shade, fanning herself and missing life back home in Korea.

One day two other food carts show up on the family's street corner. All summer long business dwindles away, and Mike's worried parents start thinking about giving up their cart. Now it's up to Mike, and Grandma, to find a way to bring back their customers.

The idea for this story originated when the authors would drive to work and see a Korean family setting up an outdoor food cart each morning. Brimming with warmth and love, The Have a Good Day Cafe is a tribute to the resourcefulness of new immigrants everywhere. Readers will be delighted by this mouth-watering celebration of family and culture.

Check out the lesson plan for The Have a Good Day Cafe by New York City educator Mary Tomac as part of “Choosing and Using Culturally Responsive Texts,” created by the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project (TCICP).

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Frances Park - Author

and her sister Ginger Park are the co-authors of Where on Earth is My Bagel?, published by LEE & LOW BOOKS, and The Have a Good Day Cafe. Frances is also the author of several books for adults. Frances and Ginger live in the Washington, D.C. area, where they are co-owners of a popular boutique, Chocolate Chocolate. To find out more about Frances Park, visit her Web site: www.parksisters.com

Thumb_thumb Ginger Park - Author

and her sister Frances Park are the co-authors of My Freedom Trip, winner of the IRA Children's Book Award, and The Royal Bee, a Parents' Choice Commended Book. Frances and Ginger live in the Washington, D.C. area, where they are co-owners of a popular boutique, Chocolate Chocolate. To find out more about Ginger Park, visit her Web site: www.parksisters.com

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was drawn to The Have a Good Day Cafe by the opportunity to share the story with her nephew, whose grandfather came to the United States from Korea many years ago. In addition to illustrating children's books, Potter works as an art director for a community newspaper. She lives in Katonah, New York with her husband and their children.

About This Title

ISBN

Paperback: 9781600603587

Hardcover: 9781584301714

Awards

Choices
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Guided Reading:

N

Lexile:

AD720L

Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 4

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 3

Themes

Occupations, Immigration, Grandparents, Friendship, Food, Families, Conflict resolution, Asian/Asian American Interest, Poverty

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