Monday, April 20, 2009

Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant

Cora's family loves to cook, and everyone has a special job. Except Cora. She's too small to do real jobs like shredding chicken or slicing vegetables. But one day everyone is gone except Mama and Cora has the chance to try all the cooking jobs she's been longing to do....because Mama is going to teach her to make Pancit!

This warm family story is full of delicious love and geniune childish emotions. Pancit is more than just a yummy dish, it's a family recipe that incorporates the history of Cora's family. Every child who's longed to be part of a family tradition or do something grown-up will sympathize with Cora's excitement and trepidation.

The illustrations are glowing and realistic, incorporating a variety of designs, from full-page spreads to small insets in a contemporary but accessible style.

The book also includes a glossary of the Tagalog words used (check it to see how to pronounce pancit before reading this story aloud!) and a recipe for pancit.

Verdict: A warm and embracing family story that a variety of ages and traditions can sympathize with. Recommended for family and storytime reading.

ISBN: 978-1885008350; Published April 2009 by Shen's Books; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library


Anna M. said...

YAY! I find it difficult to find books about Filipino culture. This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting it!

Jennifer said...

it's a lovely book, enjoy!