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I accidentally purchased this book and it is one of the happiest accidents of all time! We absolutely LOVE Bee-Bim Bop (which means mix mix rice)! My two year old asks for this book on an almost daily basis and we usually end up reading it two or three times. She loves the charming illustrations and the engaging, rhythmic storyline (and so do her parents)! This book is a perfect introduction to Korean culture and also happens to be plain old-fashioned fun! I noticed some reviewers took issue with the fact that one page in the book shows the family speaking a blessing over their meal before eating, this hardly detracts from the story and is obviously a part of the author’s own experience for which she should not be faulted. Many families say a blessing before eating, whether it be to a deity or to the earth. The back contains a recipe for Bee-Bim Bop which we plan to try very soon! Wonderful story and a worthy addition to any collection!
The illustrations are beautiful for little ones and it encourages to cook together with children along with learning food from Korea. A must have in a home library and also one you wont be tired of reading.
This book is super cute, and I think will make a fun circle time activity, counting in felt (or real) versions of the ingredients and stirring them around. The activity could later be extended in the Dramatic Play centre.
Fun to read! We love Korean food and our little guy loves to identify what's on the table in the book. My only complaint is that I have to skip the page about saying grace, which feels out of place in this fun book.