Project Mulberry

Project Mulberry
Written by Linda Sue Park

Publisher’s Summary:
Julia, a Korean-American, and her friend Patrick learn about tolerance, friendship, and patience while working together on a project about silkworms.

Primary Source Pairing:
In this realistic fiction novel, Julia and Patrick immerse themselves in science as they study silkworms. Their friendship grows just as the tiny eggs grow into silkworms. This book covers a lot of ground and provides many opportunities for discussion. For this primary source pairing, invite students to take an up-close look at the silkworms and the silkworm moths. Imagine both Julia’s and Patrick’s points of view when it was time to create the silk thread. Use Mr. Maxwell’s sustainable farming practices as a starting point for the discussion.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • Find something small but interesting.
  • What do you notice that you didn’t expect?
  • What do you notice that you can’t explain?
  • What do you see that looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • How does looking at the silkworm and silkworm moth up close help you understand Julie or Patrick’s point of view?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Silkworms: Wikimedia Commons
Silkworm moths: Nikita on Flickr