________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 21 . . . . June 20, 2003

cover Dim Sum for Everyone!

Grace Lin.
New York, NY: Dell Dragonfly Books (Distributed in Canada by Random House of Canada), 2001.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $10.99 (pbk.), $22.95 (cl.).
ISBN 0-440-41770-8 (pbk.), ISBN 0-375-81082-X (trade).

Subject Headings:
Dim Sum-Fiction.
Cookery, Chinese-Fiction.
Restaurants - Fiction.

Preschool / Ages 2-4.

Review by Christina Neigel.

**½ /4

excerpt:

Little dishes on carts.

Little dishes on tables.

Ma-Ma picks
little dishes
of sweet pork buns.

Ba-Ba chooses
little dishes
of fried shrimp.

internal art

This vibrantly coloured picture book introduces the young reader to the culinary experience of dim sum. The brief descriptions and the vivid illustrations provide readers with great insight into this meal. At the end of the story, Grace Lin provides her readers with two pages of cultural context to the tradition of dim sum. Unfortunately, the text lacks a certain poetic quality which greatly affects the flow of the story as it is read aloud. Although the publisher designates this work for two to six year olds, the simplicity the text is likely to have more appeal to the very young. The text, quite simply, does not seem well married to the wonderful illustrations. Consequently, the book is a pleasure to look at and discuss but awkward in its recital.

     Grace Lin has created a unique work that introduces young readers to the cultural delights of a socially significant pastime in Chinese culture. Although it is not a smooth read, it deserves a place in personal and library collections.

Recommended.

Christina Neigel is the Instruction Librarian for the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.

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