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Dumplings for Lili (Hardcover)

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What a delightfully, delicious way to learn about all the different types of dumplings there are in the world. Race up and down the stairs with Lili as she helps all the grandmas in her building collect ingredients to finish their baos, pierogies, beef patties, tamales, raviolis and fatayers before a final "dumpling" arrives for a celebration. Be sure to check out the colorful end pages before trying Nai Nai's Bao Recipe.

— Susan


A heartfelt picture book celebration of food, community, and family—and little dumpling treasures from around the world.

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. . . .

What follows is a race up and down the stairs as Lili helps all the grandmothers in her building borrow ingredients for different dumplings: Jamaican beef patties, Italian ravioli, Lebanese fatayer, and more. Energized by Melissa Iwai’s engaging artwork and kinetic storytelling, Dumplings for Lili is a joyful story of sharing food, friendship, and love in all their forms.

About the Author

Melissa Iwai is a children’s book author and illustrator who incorporates both traditional and digital media into her art. When she’s not working, Melissa cooks and develops her own recipes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324003427
ISBN-10: 1324003421
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English