No Kimchi for Me!

No Kimchi for Me! 1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Bks. Jan. 2018. $15.75. ISBN 9781501995491. digital download.
PreS-Gr 2—Yoomi's big brothers say she's a baby, and they won't play with her because doesn't like her grandmother's spicy kimchi. Yoomi is determined to prove them wrong, but she just can't handle the fermented cabbage's strong, spicy flavor—until Grandmother steps in to help. Greta Jung narrates the tale with a fresh, youthful voice that well matches the story's characters. Some of the text relies on author/illustrator Kim's illustrations for context, so it is best listened to while following along with the picture book. The brief afterword about kimchi and the subsequent recipe are also read aloud. Track two includes well-paced page-turn signals.
VERDICT This bite-sized story celebrating Korean culture is perfect for very young readers and could even serve as basic bibliotherapy for picky eaters.

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