Julia Song and her friend Patrick would love to win
a blue ribbon, maybe even two, at the state fair. They have always done
projects together, and they work well as a team. This time, though, they’re
having trouble coming up with just the right plan. Then Julia’s mother offers a
suggestion: They can raise silkworms, as she did when she was a girl in Korea.
Patrick thinks it’s a great idea. Of course there
are obstacles, for example, where will they get mulberry leaves, the only thing
Julia isn’t so sure about the project, though. The
club where kids do their projects is all about traditional American stuff, and
raising silkworms just doesn’t fit in. Moreover, the author, Ms. Park, seems
determined to make Julia’s life as complicated as possible, no matter how hard
Julia tries to talk her out of it.
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