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Dumplings for Lili
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In this joyful celebration of food, friendship and love, Lili must help all the grandmothers in her building borrow the right ingredients for different types of dumplings. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

Lili loves to cook little dumplings called baos with her grandmother, but when cabbage is needed, Lili races up and down the stairs of her grandmother's apartment building to find the ingredient and help the other grandmothers borrow ingredients for different dumplings, from Jamaican meat patties and Italian ravioli to Lebanese fatayer and more. - (Baker & Taylor)

Lili loves to cook baos, and Nai Nai has taught her all the secrets to making them, from kneading the dough lovingly and firmly to being thankful for the strong and healthy ingredients in the filling. But when Nai Nai realizes that they are out of cabbage (Secret #8: line the basket with cabbage leaves!), she sends Lili up to Babcia’s apartment on the sixth floor to get some. Babcia is happy to share her cabbage, but she needs some potatoes for her pierogi. . . .Dumplings for Lili - (WW Norton)

An NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Recommended BookA Chicago Public Library Best Book of the YearA heartfelt picture book celebration of food, community, and family—and little dumpling treasures from around the world. - (WW Norton)

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*Starred Review* Lili is visiting Nai Nai, her grandmother, who lives in a six-story apartment building with a granny on every floor. Today, each is preparing her own special dumplings, but Nai Nai needs cabbage leaves for making bao (steamed buns). Lili runs upstairs and borrows some from Babcia. On the second floor, Granma gives Lili potatoes for Babcia's pierogi. Going upstairs and down repeatedly, Lili fetches garlic from Abuela for Granma's beef patties, cumin from Nonna for Abuela's tamales, and for Nonna's ravioli, olive oil from Teta, who's making fatayer. The six grandmothers take "their little dumpling treasures" to a feast in the garden. And when Lili's parents arrive with her new baby brother, they all celebrate together. This colorful picture book combines intergenerational affection with international culinary traditions. Lili's first-person narrative reads aloud well. Created with both traditional and digital media, the many bright, dynamic scenes showing Lili with the grandmothers are summed up in an appealing, board game–like diagram detailing her errands. From the intriguing picture of the tall, narrow apartment building to the final image of Lili holding her baby brother, the artwork radiates warmth and charm. A sunny picture book in which neighbors gather to welcome the newborn to their close-knit, multicultural community. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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