“Jia Jia.” She calls Shay’s Chinese name, holding out her own chopsticks. There’s a soft noise as she clicks them together, no crisscross at all. “Zhè yàng.” Like this.
Shay tries, but it’s clumsy, even worse than the crisscross. She makes a face. “I don’t want to,” she says and reaches for a spoon.
“That’s cheating,” her brother says.
Shay pouts. “No, it’s not! Everyone at Abigail’s house uses spoons and forks!”
“Yes,” her father says, “but you live here. It’s traditional, Jia Jia.”
“I don’t want traditions,” says Shay. She’s too annoyed to see the twinkle in his eye. “I want to use a spoon.”
The next day, Shay’s mother packs noodles for her lunch. Chopsticks, too. Only chopsticks.
“I have an extra fork,” Abigail says. “You can borrow it if you like.”
Abigail can’t use chopsticks at all, not even the crisscross way. But she doesn’t have to. Abigail is pretty and blond and has a last name that isn’t Chinese. Sometimes, Shay wishes she lived like Abigail. Just sometimes.
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Shay can never hold her chopsticks properly. When she uses them, they crisscross and make an X, and sometimes she cannot quite pick up the slippery pieces of tofu. Her mother laughs.
Matthias and the Dragons
STRIDING QUICKLY ALONG, Matthias glanced uneasily at the black stone cliffs towering beside him. Ahead, a still lake swarmed with dark clouds of midges. Finally, he spied the faraway ocean. Now I know my way back, he thought. I’d better hurry. We’re leaving the inn this afternoon, and Father won’t be too pleased if I’m late.
Doodlebug & Dandelion - The Jellybean Machine
THE FUN ZONE : Sundial
TAKE THIS SUNDIAL, or shadow clock, outside on a sunny day. It’s not as exact as a watch, but it’s more fun!
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Meltdown at the Doughnut Factory
OPHELIA'S LAST WORD - EXTREME JELLYBEAN CUISINE
IT TAKES A long time to make jellybeans! But whipping up this delicious jellybean bark won’t take you a whole week.
Art by Kelly Canby
Secret Message Scytales
ONE WEEK WONDER
WOULD YOU WAIT a week to eat a jellybean?