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Summary: Rain, a six-year-old girl, loves to make jiaozi (jow-za), a Chinese dumpling, with her mom. When she takes some to school for lunch one day, she learns that all over the world, families love to create, fill, and share dumplings. This is a picture book that introduces diversity by celebrating the things cultures share in common.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Reading Level: 3
Age of Child: started reading with 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: As our preschooler had already met Rain in a previous story, s/he was anxious to get past the intro and into the story. S/He enjoyed listening to the story and asked questions about the different types of dumplings.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is sweet, with the emphasis on each child's curiosity and discovery about another's culture. Thankfully the author includes pronunciation for each of the "dumplings." I learned something, too!
Pros: The story is simply presented, with layers that parents and teachers can use for their own purposes (culture, geography, diversity, etc.)
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. Every family/class should share this book at least once. There is something for everyone. Multicultural or adoptive families or those living in diverse communities will want this for their personal collection.
Educational Themes: Parents and teachers can introduce a topic and then build on it with “real life” activities. Whether it’s cooking, learning more about a culture, or role-playing, there is plenty to share. The series book element also helps expand its potential.