The Have a Good Day CafeAuthor Frances Park & Ginger Park Illustrated by Katherine Potter ISBN 9781600603587 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Lee & Low Books Publication Date August 28, 2009 Size 219 x 257 mm
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.
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
2007 Children's Book of the Year
Bank Street College Children's Book Committee
Grades 1 - 4
Asian/Asian American Interest, Family Traditions, Food, Grandparents, Immigration, Poverty
Ginger Park 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
Katherine Potter 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.