Fortune Cookie Fortunes

ISBN: 0440421926
ISBN 13: 9780440421924
By: Grace Lin

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About this book

Crack, crack, crack! The cookies snap open and the family’s fortunes are revealed. Mei Mei wants to know how hers will come true. Jie Jie scoffs—they never come true. But Pacy isn’t so sure. As she waits and watches, she notices magical things happening in her family. Could the fortunes really be right? And what about Pacy’s fortune: “You will see the world in a new way”? Well, yes, it’s true! Pacy has been seeing the world through fortune cookies!This exhuberantly illustrated story about every kid’s favorite part of a Chinese meal also includes a brief history of the fortune cookie.What will your fortune be? Crack! Open up a cookie and find out.

Reader's Thoughts


Chinese American traditions; cookies


Loved it - cute, easy to read, and fun!

Brigid Keely

Fun, whimsical illustrations propel a cute story about fortune cookies and personality. This is a nice, gentle story to share with a kid or kids, especially if you've recently shared a fortune cookie or two.


A nice look at fortune cookie fortunes that mostly come true...because their applications are so varied. Looking at life through fortune cookie fortune eyes as you will.


Fun. Always ways to see that fortune cookies do come true.


A bright and cheerful story about a girl who sees fortunes coming true all around her. It's an interesting lenses through which to see the world. Grace Lin does a lovely job of sharing her heritage and this book was fun to read.

Anne-thomas Donnelly

Fortune Cookie Fortunes was a cute book. It was a story of a little girl and her family's fortune cookies and how their fortunes came true. I would not just read this book for fun to my classroom. I thought is was a good book to read if your class was studying Asian cultures and their different types of foods. The language throughout the book was not very creative or captivating. I think kids would get bored while listening to it. Although the story line was not the best the illustrations were very colorful and fun. Overall I would say Fortune Cookie Fortunes was an okay at best picture book.


This is a beautiful book about the art of the fortune cookie. The end page tells the history of fortune cookies in America. The story is about the inspirational wishes that we receive in fortune cookies. It makes you want to create your own!!


This was fun to read. And her exaggerated art is fun to look at. I enjoyed reading about the origins of fortune cookies at the end, too. I wonder if I should send Grace Lin the fortune I received once: You are a lover of words. Someday you will write a book.

Marta Boksenbaum

In this book, a young girl sees the world through the fortunes she and her family receive at a chinese food restaurant. The illustrations are brightly colored and adorable. Lin continues to introduce children to Asian-American culture with her depiction of a Chinese-American family, using colloquial terms for family members, and showing the family in their every day tasks. The afterword which explains the origin of fortune cookies is informational and easy to understand.


Cute story and nice imagination (loosely) book.

Erin Lorimer

This is truly an adorable book! This book is about a Chinese family who proves fortune cookies to be true. A little girl finds delight in each of her family member's fortunes and recognizes the truth each holds. Life lessons and insight are noted in every aspect of life. Children would have so much fun reading each of the fortunes because who doesn't love the fortune cookie part of Chinese food?

Hannah Cobb

This is an enjoyable book, illustrated in bold colors and large shapes, but the storyline is too intricate for really young children, and the many tiny "fortunes" throughout make it a poor choice for a storytime read.


This book has a great family and multicultural aspect.Great for preschool.

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