What’s in a Dumpling, Grandma? written by Linda Meeker | illustrated by Sandra Eide | Book review
This book is an absolute delight. Written by a first generation Vietnamese American, the book’s voice is both unique and relatable. As a fellow first generation Asian American, I felt instantly connected to the book from the start. The foreword had me in tears!
This book touches on intergenerational relationships within a Vietnamese American family. Food, the preparation of food, and the stories that accompany food are ways culture, memories, and love are passed down.
The reader is treated to glimpses of Vietnamese and Vietnamese American culture depicted through beautiful illustrations, words in Vietnamese, and a delicious recipe. This is a must have for your child’s library! (Check out Thank You, Mama as well!)
Sidenote: while reading this to my children, they immediately proclaimed that the characters look like some of our family members. As always, representation matters.