Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Parks
Reviewed by Mrs. Russell at Shatekon
How do you pick a science project for the WGGL (Work-Grow-Give-Life!) Club that is a sure winner? Julia Song & Patrick just join this club and don't have a lot of time to decide on a project. They want to win a blue ribbon at the state fair. At the last minute, Julia's mom suggests raising silk worms like she did in her native country, Korea. Patrick loves the idea but Julia is unsure because she wants to do something that is more American. Eventually she does goes along with the silk worm idea to please her best friend Patrick. There are many challenges and surprises along the way as they watch the tiny egg evolve into the worm that spins silk. It is an fascinating mix of science, friendship, math and learning to make difficult decisions. An interesting feature of the book are in-between pages where the Julia talks to the author about the story as it develops.