Have You Eaten?: A Story of Food, Friendship, and Kindness

Feiwel & Friends. Apr. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250791146.
PreS-Gr 1–This adorable tale of anthropomorphized critters embodying kindness and empathy is enhanced by a glimpse into Korean culture. Coco, a chubby little chipmunk, loves sweet potatoes and offers them to everyone she meets, along with the question of “Have you eaten?” Though initially this confuses her neighbors, as she helps each one through feelings of loneliness, sadness, and fatigue by sharing her food, they come to see the purpose of her message and return the favor by cooking her a meal while she is home sick in bed. Back matter explains that “Have you eaten?” is a common greeting in Korea and became common during periods of post-war food insecurity in the 20th century. The book wraps up with a recipe for delicious sounding sweet potatoes. Coco and her friends are charming and round, somewhat resembling characters from the Moomin world. The illustrations are mixed media, with charcoal and pencil adding a handmade feel. Bright colors ensure that the sweet story and gentle illustrations pack a vibrant punch.
VERDICT While tales of kindness and friendship are many, this one adds a unique element with a focus on a phrase that readers may soon find themselves saying. For the SEL shelves.

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