No Kimchi for Me! by Aram Kim
Publisher: Holiday House
Age Range: 3-7
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Yoomi hates stinky, spicy kimchi―the pickled cabbage condiment served at Korean meals. So her brothers call her a baby and refuse to play with her.
Yoomi is determined to eat kimchi. She tries to disguise it by eating it on a cookie, on pizza, and in ice cream. But that doesn’t work. Then Grandma shows Yoomi how to make kimchi pancakes. This story about family, food, and a six-year-old “coming of age” has universal themes, and at the same time celebrates Korean culture. A kimchi pancake recipe and other back matter are included.
Thank you to Holiday House for sending me this book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Do your children have any food aversions? When both of my kids were babies they ate practically anything I made for them. Now as they’ve gotten older, they have become somewhat fussy about eating certain foods. My son tends to be particular picky about the texture and look of some meats. But aren’t we all a little picky sometimes? Besides, isn’t it normal for children to be fussy eaters anyway? It’s a way of exploring their environment and asserting their independence. Little Yoomi illustrates this point very well in the book No Kimchi for Me!
The kids and I really enjoyed this cute story! I especially liked the clever grandmother for finding a creative way to expand Yoomi’s culinary horizons by making a kimchi pancake. All it took was a little exploring in the kitchen. Is Yoomi cured of thinking kimchi is too stinky or spicy? Not by a long shot. But she is feeling braver about eating it and she’s proud of herself for having conquered something new and proving to her brothers she’s a big girl. A simple recipe for making kimchi pancakes is included in the back matter.
Pair this book with another one of our favorite Asian food-themed picture books Bee-Bim-Bop by Linda Sue Park for a fun story time session.
What is Kimchi?
Kimchi is a traditional korean dish made of fermented vegetables and seasonings. It’s considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. Kimchi is often eaten as a condiment or side dish and is also used as an ingredient in stew, soup and fried rice.
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