Dim Sum, Here We Come!

HarperCollins. Jan. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062396983.
PreS-Gr 2–A multigenerational family meets every Sunday to enjoy dim sum. A younger member of the extended family, sporting a tousled black bob, red shirt, and white shorts, is the enthusiastic narrator. The color illustrations are charming, with plenty of small details that invite a closer look. One uncle explains some of the restaurant’s decor, including a kumquat tree, a happy cat statue, and a tank of brightly colored fish. They are all symbols of good luck. The customs of the meal are revealed as the 12 family members gather at a large round table. Bird’s-eye views offer different appreciations for the enjoyment of tea and the vast array of dishes from which to choose. The young narrator naturally talks about the importance and fun in the sharing of the dishes. The love this family shares is clear. The endpapers are an added delight. The front ones show 18 dishes to savor. The back ones are the now empty vessels with happy reviews.
VERDICT An engaging story that fits into any collection; the sharing of food crosses cultural lines and will make everyone hungry for some great dim sum!

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