Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat

Title

Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat

Description

"Mei-Mei is Chinese—but not Mom and Dad! When she was a baby, Mom and Dad flew all the way to the other side of the world to adopt her and bring her home. Lucky for Mei-Mei, her parents want her to know all about her roots in China's wonderful culture. That's why, on her birthday, her mom always makes her a traditional Chinese treat—long noodles, for a long and happy life. And this year, Mei-Mei is big enough to help her mom make them!
Through a simple story and bright illustrations, Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles takes young readers through this special day, from the moment an excited Mei-Mei wakes up in the morning and puts on her favorite dress, through helping Mom measure water, clean veggies and rinse noodles, to a great birthday celebration with family and friends. After the story comes a kid-friendly recipe for this tasty traditional dish. Younger kids can help Mom or Dad—just like Mei-Mei—while older kids can make it themselves, with supervision."
"Written by a Chinese-American mom, this is a light-hearted story of adoption that references Chinese traditions and includes a kid-friendly recipe in the back." "The book tells the story of Mei-Mei, a Chinese American adoptee whose parents want her to value her Chinese roots. Each year on her birthday, her family has a tradition of preparing 'lucky birthday noodles', a traditional Chinese dish--a symbol of good luck given for special occasions in Chinese culture."
"I enjoyed how the story detailed of preparing the traditional dish--noodles. In subtle ways, the author weaves bits and pieces of Chinese culture throughout the book, sometimes using Chinese words or explaining Chinese traditions. I really appreciated the way that the author connects food so deeply and meaningfully with a country's culture root. The water-colored illustrations by Heidi Goodman are beautiful." This book has won the 2014 CALA Best Book Award (Categroy: Children's Books Honorable Mention).

Creator

Chen, Shan-Shan; Goodman, Heidi [Illustrator]

Publisher

Tuttle Publishing

Date

2013

Language

eng

Type

text; book

Identifier

9780804844611

Is Referenced By

Position: 326 (20 views)

Files

Meimei.jpg

Citation

Chen, Shan-Shan; Goodman, Heidi [Illustrator], “Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed October 29, 2020, http://ir.cala-web.org/items/show/610.