Project Mulberry

By Kaity, Age 8

A book that makes me feel finally seen is Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park. Julia and her family are Korean (just like me!) But it seems like Julia isn’t proud of her culture, even though I love sharing my Korean culture. When Julia is doing a project about silkworms for school, she worries it’s too Korean, even though her friend Patrick thinks it’s cool! Other kids made fun of Julia and called her names so she wanted to hide her culture. I wish I was friends with Julia for real so she wouldn’t feel alone.

It’s hard to stand up for yourself without anyone to stand with you.

It’s hard to stand up for yourself without anyone to stand with you. When I started kindergarten, we recently moved from Seoul. I was the only Korean girl in my whole class! I barely knew English and I had a really hard time talking to anyone. My school made me feel safe and soon I was making new friends, otherwise maybe I wouldn’t be so proud of sharing my culture today. When I read books with characters like me, I feel there are so many possibilities that could happen in my future. That’s why Project Mulberry makes me
finally seen!

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