FICTION

Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu! illus. by Oge Mora. 40p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316431248.
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OrangeReviewStarPreS-Gr 2—In her apartment on the top floor, Omu (Igbo for queen) makes a tasty, thick red stew for her dinner. The smell wafts through her community, enticing neighbors to knock at her door to inquire about the delicious smell. A little boy is first, followed by a police officer, the hot dog vendor, and many other neighbors. Omu shares a bit of her stew with each person until she has none left for her dinner. When she hears the next knock, it is the visitors again, but this time with a feast to share with Omu. Even the little boy makes a contribution: a red envelope that conveys everyone's sincere gratitude. The richly textured and expressive collage illustrations were created with patterned paper and old-book clippings using acrylic paint, pastels, and markers. Mora has crafted a memorable tale of community and the unexpected rewards of sharing.
VERDICT Children will enjoy this fresh, engaging story of friendship and community building, perfect for any group gathering.

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