#61 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet
Hmmm, looks like there’s only one chocolate chip cookie left. Go ahead and take it – I won’t tell.
While you’re busy nibbling, I’ll tell you all about the brand new ABC food anthology edited by our favorite poetry goddesses, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. 🙂
For Things We Eat (Pomelo Books, 2022), Sylvia and Janet donned their perky chef hats to cook up a tempting smorgasbord of 27 delectable poems just right for eager munchkins ages 3-7.
They invited 25 hungry poets – both new and established – to write ekphrastic poems based on appetizing color photos of kids preparing, growing, shopping for, eating and sharing a variety of diverse foods. Janet herself penned two yummy poems for the collection: “Kimchi” and “Alphabet Menu.”
Along with familiar kid faves such as grapes, pizza, waffles and hamburgers, readers can wrap their lips around avocado, quiche, udon, and xocolatl. They’ll have a ball talking to chickens, fishing at the lake, icing sweet treats and jammin’ with a bunch of berries. And did you know zucchini can be a telephone? 🙂
The mix of rhymes and free verse makes for a fun read aloud. What better way to learn your ABCs than by feasting on each delectable letter and key word? Like its companion book, Things We Do, Things We Eat is also a great mentor text for budding poets or older kids learning to write.
Backmatter includes wonderful resources for parents, teachers, caregivers, and librarians – tips for reading and sharing the poems, creative activities to extend your enjoyment even more, and a list of helpful web sources about books, reading, nutrition, gardening, and diversity.
Icing on the cake: 100% of the profits from this book will be donated to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund. They provide support for children whose lives have been disrupted through war, civil disorder, or natural disaster. The program gives immediate support and help, and also aims for long-term community impact, aligning with IBBY’s goal of giving every child the right to become a reader.
Don’t tell me. You’re starving now, right? Have no fear: Yangsook Choi and Rebecca Balcárcel have graciously granted me permission to share their poems here today, and they’ve even sent along tasty tidbits to go with them.
DUMPLING by Yangsook Choi Meat minced Onion diced Tofu squashed Cabbage sliced Filling spooned Dumpling formed . . . Mouth delighted Heart warmed
My grandma (paternal) used to make gigantic dumplings for us when I was little. They were the size of a large potato and most delicious.
I helped too as a ‘roller’. I would flatten the dough by rolling a soju (sort of Korean vodka) bottle over it back and forth to make the dumpling skin.
To bring back the warm memory I sometimes throw a dumpling party where I invite friends to fold dumplings in various free-style.
MANGO by Rebecca Balcárcel The mango trees know magic spells that grow my favorite fruit. Sparkles of sun become sweetness. Water and raindrops make juice. When rich soil mixes with time, when bird song and breezes are spun, mangos will ripen for eating. First bite -- a zing on my tongue!
The first time I was ever paid for a poem, the journal sent a check for $5.00. Usually, poets get only a copy of the journal, so I was excited. I cashed the check and celebrated with a special trip to the grocery store to buy – you guessed it – a mango!
This is the truth! I wanted to buy something special to celebrate, and I love mangos!
Yum!! I LOVE both dumplings and mangos, and am happy to report that I’ve eaten and enjoyed all 26 foods in this book — many times. 🙂 🙂 🙂
What’s that? You’re still hungry? (Why am I not surprised?)
Well, we do have dessert. I was happy to contribute a poem about my favorite thing to bake. Cookies are one of the four major food groups, right? Not bragging or anything, but when it comes to lost cookies, I’m an expert. Friendly advice: always wipe any crumbs off your face to maintain your innocence.
COOKIE by Jama Kim Rattigan Who ate the last cookie? I really cannot say. Was it chunky chewy chocolate chip, baked fresh today? Crumbs are on my face? How odd. Haven't got a clue. If I find the missing cookie, I'll eat it just for you.
Thank you, Sylvia and Janet, for creating another fun and informative anthology, and congrats to all the Things We Eat poets. Mr Cornelius found some extra cookies just for you!
♥️ Learn more about Things We Eat, its companion book, Things We Do, and all the other fine Pomelo Books at their Official Website.
🍪 SPECIAL BOOK GIVEAWAY 🥑
We’re happy to offer a brand new copy of Things We Eat for one lucky Alphabet Soup reader. For a chance to win, please leave a comment at this post telling us about your favorite thing to eat, no later than midnight (EDT) Wednesday, April 20, 2022. You may also enter by sending an email with EAT in the subject line to: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only, please. Good Luck!
🍷 BORN HUNGRY BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER! 🇫🇷
Thanks to all for entering last month’s giveaway for Born Hungry: Julia Child Becomes the “French Chef” by Alex Prud’homme and Sarah Green. We’re pleased to announce that the lucky person who’ll be receiving a brand new copy is:
🎉 ROSI HOLLINBECK!! 🎈
🍓 CONGRATULATIONS, ROSI!! 🍒
We know you’ll enjoy reading the book. 🙂
The lovely and talented Janice Scully is hosting the Roundup at Salt City Verse. Zip on over to check out the full menu of poetic goodness being shared around the blogosphere this week. Click here for the 2022 NPM Kidlit Events Roundup. Enjoy your weekend!
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*Things We Eat text/compilation copyright © 2022 by Pomelo Books.
*”Dumpling” poem copyright © 2022 Yangsook Choi. All rights reserved.
*“Mango” poem copyright © 2022 Rebecca Balcárcel. All rights reserved.
*”Cookie” poem copyright © 2022 Jama Kim Rattigan. All rights reserved.
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