Peiling, born in Taiwan, has lived in America most of her life and she feels completely American though her family insists on maintaining Taiwanese customs and food at home. In school she tries hard to fit in while still maintaining a strong identity. But Peiling yearns desperately to experience a real American Christmas with stockings, cookies and carols. It seems to her, every December, that she is alone in a world where everyone else is celebrating and everything is about Christmas. With her favorite Uncle's support, she finally asks her parents if they could have a Christmas holiday at home and to her surprise they agree to support her in this effort. Read Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas by Pauline Chen, to find out how the holiday turns out and what Peiling learns in the process. A funny, real, and sensitive look at how we balance our traditional culture with new customs. Grade 3-5.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.