The Ugly Vegetables. Text and illustrations copyright © 1999 by Grace Lin. Used with permission by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. www.charlesbridge.com
Planting a garden in one’s yard implies ownership of the home and the surrounding land. Gardens seem to be preferred over manicured yards (notice the dandelion-like flowers growing in the grass). There is a sense of freedom of movement due to the lack of fences demarking lots. There are single-family moderate-sized homes. All of these features indicate the middle-class socioeconomic standing of the community.